Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cup o' sticks


Since all three kids are doing the same curriculum, our days go pretty smooth. The 4 of us do the bulk of the school work together. After our together work, they each have math, language, and writing and then Kenyon also has extra science and personal help for boys character training. Those extras have been posing a problem. I have a bad habit of forgetting one or the other subject for a few days and then have to spend a day on catch up. I also seem to forget how many lessons I have assigned. I was writing assignments down one side of our chalkboard but they seem to disappear or get distorted. To solve this problem I have just implemented our knew system; Cup o' Sticks. Each child has a cup and mom has a cup. Each color represents a different subject. At the beginning of the week I will place one stick for every lesson due by the end of the week. When a lesson is completed that stick is then moved to mom's cup and I know what I need to go over and grade. If any sticks are left in a child's cup on Sunday morning, mom will place a black stick in that cup. Any child with a black stick in their cup has no computer or video game privileges until they have a week of completed sticks. Everyone can tell, by just a glance, how much work they have to complete and in what subjects during the week. If they put off doing math all week, they will have to spend extra time or their Saturday completing the weeks worth. We are just starting this but I have hopes that it will not only help me stay organized but also teach the kids some responsibility about keeping up with their own work. If they don't, they will have to pay the consequence. I'll let ya know how it goes.

4 comments:

Candy said...

Uh oh Mom, looks like you got all the black sticks, no facebook for you! lol, jk. I love this idea, I wonder how it would work for us...

char said...

UT-OH! No facebook?? How will I survive?? Hehe. Guess that is how the kids feel so they busted some tail and got TONS of work done this week! ☺ Maybe this thing really will work.

mommyx12 said...

We use the sticks too. I love it. I made a post on my blog. I love the ideas you have added to make this system work. My brain is moving right with ideas. Thanks.

I agree with your comment about "not asking" our daughters to wear certain clothes! I mean, who does that?! I think parents have forgotten who the ones in charge are!

blessings,
tricia

char said...

Thanks mommyx12! Your blog post about using the popsicle sticks was my insperation. I just did not remember where I had seen it to give credit!

 
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