school issues

Stacey - posted on 03/13/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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hi everyone I'm new on here. Can anyone give any advice on ways to get my kindergartener to do his school work at school? He does his work at home but I've ran out of ideas. I've tried the doctor route, positive reinforcement, taking toys away, and just plain old talking to him about it. Nothing has worked so far or if it does it is only for a short time.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/13/2014

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I've fought this since my kids were your son's age. For some reason, the teachers didn't understand that I was trying to teach responsibility, and that they needed to inform me when things weren't being completed.

When my eldest was in second grade, we moved mid year. When I went to get his things from school, his teacher handed me a stack of over 2 inches worth of work that he had not completed! When asked why she didn't notify me, she said "Oh, these were just for practice"...well, then why are you saying that they're not done??? Consequently, due to some teachers not enforcing due dates, or consequences for late/missing work, my kids grew up thinking that if the teacher said nothing, nothing was wrong...until they both started having difficulty with grades. THEN the district 'tested' them and found them to have 'graphic output disorder'...which basically means 'failure to complete homework'. But they wanted to categorize them and give them a bunch of adjustments so they wouldn't have to physically write any assignments!

I've struggled with that ever since. Keep on your kid's teachers to keep trying to get him to be responsible.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/13/2014

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Even if they are just for practice, he can practice either getting them done in class, or she can send them home. Teachers these days sometimes forget that they need to help us instill a sense of responsibility...her not sending the worksheets home doesn't help teach that...

Stacey - posted on 03/13/2014

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the teacher doesn't send the work sheets home that he is not working on so that can complete them because they were just for practice. I have visited and volunteered on a few occasions but it was always a holiday activity. I've asked the teacher and my friend who is the assistant principal if they have any ideas or suggestions and they were not able to think of anything different other than take him back to the doctor.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/13/2014

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You and teacher need to work in concert. If he won't finish his work in class, as told, then he needs to finish it that night at home.

If this is something that's happening consistently, perhaps its a distraction in the classroom that is contributing. Have you visited/volunteered in the classroom to observe the situation?

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