Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I Knew It Would Happen

I knew it, I knew it! I knew it would happen! I was really tested today by our middle son. Superman and I were just talking the other night that home school would fall apart once we stuck our heads in the books. And it did. Did we make it happen by talking about it? Is is Karma? I don't have a clue but I do know that it happened. JD put me to the test today. In some ways I feel like I failed miserably and in other ways I feel like I did the best I could. Looking back now, I think I could have done better. And if hindsight were 20/20.
JD thinks that he should know all of the answers. Really he does - and if he don't know the answers he just gets very overwhelmed. How in the world can he advance to the next level or the next grade if this continues to happen? He refuses to read his assignments. When it comes to the questions he wants me to help him with every one.
For example:
#1 - 435 x 2 =_____ He will say that he can't do it. He will say that he is going to write down just anything and he doesn't care if he gets it wrong. He expects me to show him how to do it - when in fact I have showed him and showed him.
#2 - 17 x 1 =________ He says he doesn't know his times tables. He says he isn't going to do it. He wants me to show him how to do it again.

What am I supposed to do? I know he knows how to do it, I have seen him do it. I know he can do it, I have seen him do it. I know he knows his times tables, I have seen him do them. Not only have I been over this with him but so has his dad, so have teachers from public schools.
I really need some help or advise or some Xanax. Maybe a little of everything.

And just to let you all know right up front - I'm poppin a Xanax and gonna keep on keepin on!


karisma said...

Welcome to the club! He is just testing you at the moment, to see what he can get away with. If he keeps it up, start a reward system. eg. With Gameboy if he does not finish his work, there are definitely no video games. The quicker he finishes his work, the quicker he can play. If you stick to your guns and dont cave in, he will soon learn that you are in charge, not him. I also found extra praise works wonders! Try to ignore the bad things and focus on what he is doing right.

eg. JD that story you wrote today was so wonderful I think you deserve a reward. Give him something little as a prize but not what he would be getting if he finishes his math.

All I can say is Good Luck, the first year for us was certainly a struggle. But things are looking up everyday!

Alta said...

Thank you for all of the advice. I have tried so many darn things with him it seems unreal. But I will keep trying!