Heather Lea - posted on 11/16/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
I have a 9 yr old girl, who is highly gifted and knows it....
the problem is that I'm a single parent that works practically 24-7...
I work 1st and 3rd and unfortunately means she doesn't get much time with me.
I need a way to keep her organized at home to help her grades at school.
She does her homework but doesn't turn it in. We spent all this time working on 12 book reports only for her to "misplace them".
She's at such a high reading level but yet got an F on her report card for spelling.
She gets bored at school and starts doodling instead of doing her work....or just rushes through the work half ___ing it.
I've tried taking TV and PC away from her and do her work first....but then it somehow doesn't make it back to school.
I'm afraid that she will never do good in school because unfortunately she see's how hard I have to work and has already told me, what's the point mom? I already know what they are trying to teach me and I won't ever use it when I get older!
To which I keep telling her, if she would just show them how smart she is and actually do the work, they would more than likely move her to a more appropriate class or even grade.
You know how your parents are like, I hope you have one just like you....well yep...I was gifted and learned early on school wasn't that important in the long run...however she and I differ because I still strived to learn as much as I could, where she seems to be the opposite. She loves to learn by reading, searching things online and watching discovery/history channels but when it comes to sitting in the class room she just doesn't care. She can't seem to see the point in doing the work. I'm hoping that in later years with more challenging classes and more opportunities (ie foreign languages) she will be more enthused. However, I'm afraid at that point she will already have inbred a bad attitude for school.