Before Christmas, Big Brother was becoming more and more adamant in his dislike of school. I wasn’t offended. I’d rather spend my day playing and doing whatever I want too.
It’s not that the things he was doing were too hard. It’s just that he didn’t want to be taken away from his own agenda. He didn’t want to be told what to do… he wanted to be in control.
I tried to think of ways to help him take more ownership in his school work and so far, this is what I came up with:
I wrote each subject that Big Brother had to complete for the day on a post it note. I laid them out in front of him so that he could see what all he had to do for the day. I think knowing all the tasks ahead of him helped to know what was expected.
I gave him the control of putting the tasks in order. He chose to put the things he didn’t enjoy (spelling) first and save his favorite (ocean animal science) for last. When a task was completed, he could turn the post it upside down.
I also gave him the freedom to sit at the table or take his work on a clipboard and go somewhere else to work. We don’t have a homeschool room and our kitchen gets a lot of traffic which can be a distraction. I don’t mind if he needs to go to a quieter place.
At the end of the week, Big Brother told me that he really liked the post it note system and being able to make his own schedule. I didn’t hear one complaint all week about the work!
I’m sure our system will be tweaked in the coming weeks, but I am glad to see success with it for now. I am needing him to show some more independence with school seeing as how we are having a new baby on FRIDAY!