STUCK! Christmas ideas to help SD in school!
We are looking for a Christmas present for my 9 year old step daughter (4th grade). She is only with us every other weekend so we are not in on much of the studying (not by choice). Just recently we have been able to see how she is doing when it comes to everyday grades. To sum it up...she needs help. Her mom (along with the 3 other adults in the house) don't help her study. She is left to do it on her own in her own room. They "review" her work when she is done, but it is obvious that they don't know if the answers are correct or not.
My question is...What types of games, materials, etc. can we get her for Christmas that she would be able to take to her mom's house to help her? I know kids don't really want educational things for Christmas, but we need to do something. The reason she couldn't study her math is because they wouldn't buy her any flash cards so she could study multiplication (we went out and bought her a set...I mean come on, they were 1.99). She needs help in math, geography, reading...well...everywhere.
Do you know of anything that might encourage her to study or pay more attention instead of rushing through it all? Games, marker board, anything?