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My son is waisting time, lots of it. He is 7. At lunch he picked out what he wanted to do for school for the day. Use an online Scott Foreman science book to conntinue to learn about matter. He listened to a science song that goes with the chapter, and baisicly did the lesson with me how his public school peers would. he enjoyed it. Then the last little part of the lesson was to write 3 sentences telling about water in diferent states. He spent 1 hour doing this.
Finnaly afterward I had him put the paper and pencil away and run up and down both flights of stairs 5 times, wash huis face, and go to the bathroom before returning to work because it had been an hour and a half since we started.
Then he went to the next thing on his list, that he made might I add. Reading from a reading text book. He read the story then verbaly answered on comprehension questions and for 45 min has been working on the following "Write:Write 2 sentences that tell what Frog and Toad might do in a new story. Add a title." So far he has written Frog and Toad mig . Thats it. , well in the time it has taken me to write this and tell him to get back to work a bunch of times he has finished writing might and added have a. ><
I have reminded him that when he finishes he and gets his chores done he will be free until time for bed. I have told him to fucus, concentrait, stay on task, think only about what he needs to do, get busy, and just plain yelled his name.Also the next thing on your list is math so just get it done so you can do math. Are you happy right now? "NOOOOOO" shaking his head violenetly from side to side. Then just get it done. Stop playing with your shadows and get it done.
When he decides to do it it takes less than 5 minutes. arg he is capable.
He spent a week at Dad's house the week before last. I knew last week would be a bit hard because of that. Monday he got home and he spent all day getting his school work done.
When he decides its not worth it there is no changing his mind.
We have drastically changed we way we do school work several times. We have changed rooms. I have geven him large amounts of freedom regarding content. None the less he still waists time.
He is begining to bridge that gap bewteen static thinking and concrete thinking. he is not all the way there yet.
It has now been over an hour. Over and hour to write 2 sentences and a title.