Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Project Management

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Aaron is on our mind and in our prayers yet again.  After the lollipop incident from earlier this month (which, by the way, I still don't think he quite gets the significance of), came a big blank-out when it came to a school project he was supposed to turn in at the end of last week. 

I've observed a big jump up from 2nd to 3rd grade, but even though Aaron's still in 2nd grade that doesn't mean they don't get thrown hard stuff.  And, earlier this month, he got a worksheet that detailed a fairly extensive assignment involving looking up things about Philadelphia and putting them together into an essay and collage.  For over a week, Amy harangued him to work on it a little at a time, and each time Aaron said he was on pace. 

Only he wasn't.  Worse, on many days he skipped to screen time even though he knows he can't do that until he's done with all his homework.  Getting a single page of homework during the day and finishing it in the evening is one thing, but having a multi-page and multi-day assignment requires another level of discipline.  Clearly it is a level he can't get to yet.  So Amy and I are going to double down on the reminding and the supervising.

The epilogue on this lesson, by the way, is that Amy suspended all screen time for him, and made him work on the assignment all weekend - not for school but for her.  And he did. 
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