We'll talk more in the future about the behavior portion of the card, but for now let's focus on grades and work ethic. What can you find out about your children from these cards?? What age levels are we talking about...actually, all of them in one way or another!
|reading should always be an option when there is no homework|
no matter what the age of the children
Elementary kids' report cards: As the kids go through their elementary years keep a close eye on continuing trends over time--a hard time with math success or difficulty completing or turning in homework. Find consequences early on that help them to improve. Find specific places for homework to be done--PLEASE NOT in a bedroom filled with computers, TVs, video games, and phones. No matter how much they say they are working (and no matter how much you want to believe them) they will become distracted or disinterested. Elementary kids need constant oversight (every few minutes, not every half hour) to stay on task and to then feel the achievement of completing their homework successfully and in a minimum amount of time.
High School kids' report cards: If high schoolers have learned that important work ethic when they were younger, you can loosen the reins a bit as long as their report cards show what you them to. Continue to look for sudden changes in work or behavior which should result in a tightening of those reins, back to more structure and oversight.
|which leads to high school graduation|
|Chad was working in CO during his college graduation ceremony|
|another high school graduation|
|Scott's graduation from MSU|
There are many years of hard work and practice from preschool right through college for the kids, and lots of years of encouragement, boundaries, and discipline for the parents. But the rewards for both children and parents are huge in seeing those little guys become responsible, successful, independent young adults.
More homework tips soon. Do you have any special questions or concerns you'd like us to deal with?? Send them along!
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