I have lived in my current house for over seventeen years now. I grew up here and then bought it of my parents, when they decided to move into a more manageable apartment close by. My parents ran a very clean, strict house. Their budget may have been limited whilst we kids grew up, but we wanted for nothing. As you can imagine the house is in need of some modernization. During the last twenty two years all as it has seen is paint.
Children don’t realize what is happening. They may be staring out the window, playing in their desk, just drifting off. They don’t automatically bring themselves back to the activity at hand. They are children. They don’t even know when their system has shut down. They are usually unaware that they aren’t paying attention any longer.
You need to do your homework, be proactive, use the tools that are available to help you understand what is actually causing your child’s problems at school. There are pre-screening tools available that parents and/or teachers can easily use to determine if their child is experiencing auditory processing or visual processing problems.
Quite a few kids will do nothing but read books. I had a son who often had a book in front of him. A lot of kids will do volunteer work; they’re really into being a candy striper at a hospital, and summer can be their only opportunity to undertake that. Others really love working with kids, so they go from vacation bible school to vacation bible school helping out with various churches. Other children can do nearly all their projects like scouting or 4H.
Jason is taking three classes his first semester. He works 20-40 hours per week unloading delivery trucks at the Panama City Mall. He is taking Algebra, Personal and College Success and English. Jason has already pre-registered online and purchased all but one of the books he will need. He said his Mom burst a blood vessel over his Quantitative Aptitude Math Book cost of $137, included inside an access code for online help. I asked did he know about buying less expensive textbooks on Ebay or cheapbooks. com. He said he did now.
We are joined by Jason’s two friends. Jessica, is wearing a pair of navy blue shorts like ball coaches wear with a tank top. She is upset about not being able to get any information about her Federal Pell Grant. “This is why I didn’t want to come back to this school.” she announces in a huff. “Every time, I asked that lady a question, she had to call someone on the phone to get an answer.” Jessica, her high school swim team captain, hopes to major in sports medicine. She took college courses during high school through dual enrollment. The easiest classes to ace according to Jessica are Art History and Western Civilization.
Not that you shouldn’t be willing to listen to listen to ideas you don’t understand or agree with, but when the subject is so deep that you feel like you have spent the last hour standing there with egg on your face, because you don’t have a clue about the topic, it’s time to do something to keep from looking like a total dunce.
Behind successful students is a parent who took the time to spend with them. Every evening, sit down with your student and help them succeed. You will be rewarded with a teenager who has better grades and more self-confidence.