Sunday, December 4, 2011

Handing Over the Reins - an experiment

Dea has made huge improvements in taking responsibility for her school work. It also seems to have finally clicked that she has to do the work even if it isn't always fun. So, we have decided that we are going to try handing over the reins and letting her run with it.

We're giving her a list of the courses that still need to be finished for graduation requirements. We're expecting a certain number of Math lessons every week. She has to read every day. She will keep track of all work she does in a notebook. We will look over her notebook records & her work once a week. She will not be allowed to just sit around doing nothing. She will still have limitations on screen time. She will still have to do her chores.

This will only be a one year thing, an experiment. It starts in January 2012 and will run through December 2012. Next December we'll sit down and evaluate to decide of this will continue or not. At her current pace, she's set to graduate at 16. So, even if this experiment doesn't work, she'll still have time to get back on track and graduate at 17 or 18. We fully understand that there is the possibility that this will not work. The full responsibility over her education may be too much and she may crack. However, she might be ready for this. It might be a really good thing.

So, here's hoping that his works and that she's ready for this level of control.