Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Changing Ben's Assignment Sheet

I had this revelation on Tuesday, after Map Attack (a very fun afternoon spent making a rice krispie and frosting map of South Dakota, putting together a monster sized US map, and playing map reading relay races -- all way to fun and creative to have been thought out and planned by me): we forgot to do math. Nothing earth shattering, but I've been mulling over in my mind why this happened and what to do so it doesn't happen again.

1. I am an airhead and misread my wonderful Assignment Calendar.

OK, that is really the main reason it was forgotten. But it led me to realize that I want Ben to be invested in his entire learning process, not just the 4 or so assignments I put on his assignment sheet for each day. The things I put on his assignment sheet are lessons that he can complete independently: Bible Study, piano practice, spelling worksheets, math drill on the computer of Flashmaster. This is all fine and good, but then when I say, "is all your school work done for the day?" Ben thinks in terms of what's on his assignment sheet, not the other reading, lessons, narration, etc. that needs to be finished before he can have "free time."

So, I am going to embark on a more time consuming (for now) activity that I hope will benefit us in the long term. I'm going to give Ben a copy of the Assignment Calendar that I use and we'll highlight together the activities that he can be responsible for independently; but together, we will hold one another accountable to finish the entire day's assignments. I think I will make out a blank schedule for us, too, to create a flow to Ben's day for when things should occur -- all done with lots of input from Ben. I'm hopeful this will help Ben to see that he is ultimately responsible for all of his education, not just a portion of it.

Any other ideas out there?

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