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This Charlie gets an agenda and the first thing he is supposed to do every morning is write down the homework assignment. This teacher has it written on the board before class starts. Fingers crossed this works!


I love this idea!!!

Headless Mom

that's a great idea! I hope it works!


These are all great ideas! I used to work with kids who had learning differences and saw how they struggled when teachers just weren't willing to budge. I feel for your son.

I used to struggle with bringing home the right books. In middle school, it got worse because I'd go to my locker and had about 10 seconds to grab what I needed and get to my bus, so I started writing down the subjects in which I had homework on my hand. It sounds stupid and looked ridiculous, but it worked. Some kids just opened their locker, grabbed one book and ran off, and I never understood how they could do that.


I actually bought(used)copies of every text book for my ADHD kid. Her backpack was lighter and she was able to underline and make notes on the pages--really helped, and it you are willing to accept books that are a bit dilapidated, very inexpensive.

Jackie Parker

Great post, so glad your Dad is so involved with helping with your children. Also, very impressed with you willing to try new ideas!
I wish you and all your little ones a great year in school this year.
I suspect your patience with the children will help you in dealing with your Father-in-law.


Funny I should come across this post tonight, as I am looking up what is "normal" attention span for kids. I am having some concerns about my 9 yr old - mostly inattention - and wondering what to do about it.

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