How do you get a 1st grader to complete her in-class assignments? I can't be there to make her do it

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Karlonda - posted on 10/15/2009

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I agree. I can't watch my daughter while she's in class. I wonder if these teacher are really concerned for the children, because I've heard plenty of people bragging about the perks of being a teacher: summers off, holidays off, set hours, etc.

Karlonda - posted on 10/15/2009

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My husband, son, and I are very proactive with her...I didn't say she was incapable! She'll do assignments for us with 0 problems, but refuses to do it along with her class. I can't be in class to make sure she gets it done.

Karlonda - posted on 10/15/2009

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Thank you for that suggestion; I guess a whole page would seem a bit overwhelming. I never thought of it that way.

Stephanie - posted on 10/11/2009

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sometimes the whole sheet of work is intimidating to a student, especially a young one. Perhaps she could use a cover sheet to cover the bottom part of her work. When it's completed she can cover the finished section and work on the bottom part.
Her teacher may have to prompt her occasionally, but finishing one section at a time is a good solid accomplishment for a 1st grader and could help her continue to move down the page.
It is her teacher's job to get her to complete her work in class, but she could send the incomplete work home to return the next day. Eventually of course, your daughter's gonna have to learn to do her work in class, so I'd say soon is better than later. if possible. maybe the cover sheet will help with that.

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You are your childs primary teacher. You know your child best and the teacher has 20+ kids to teach...it is your job as a parent to help...if you want your child to be successful. Teachers work hard with those parents who try to help. The number 1 thing that I see that affects a child doing their work in the classroom is confidence. As a parent, read, read, read, and read more with your child. Look over their work and see what they are struggling with...then help them. You can practice any subject with your child in the car, at a restaurant, during a bath or shower...pretty much anywhere. trust me, take a primary role in your child's education and be proactive!!

Emilie - posted on 10/11/2009

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My son had that problem last year (and a little this year). I think it is the teachers job to make the kids do the in-class assignments. If she doesn't do them in class for some reason then the teacher can send them home for her to do. I don't think the child needs to be penalized for that, the teacher is in the class room, it is her/his job to get the kids to do the work.

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