What Kids Learn:
- Do your homework.
- Write down assignments so you don’t forget them.
- Pitch in. Do your share. Don’t slack off while others are working.
One of the best things a kid can do to succeed academically and participate in the community is to commit to learning and helping others. But how do you drive those points home to your school-age youngster?
Point out our Goofus and Gallant feature. Show him how silly Goofus sounds when he tells his teacher he forgot he had homework when—get this—the assignment is still clearly posted on the chalkboard behind him! Then let your child see how lazy Goofus looks as he loafs around at pond near where his mom is lifting camping supplies and a heavy duffle.
So check out Goofus and Gallant on page 10 of the September 2018 issue or read the recaps here, and discuss the stories together with your conscientious grade schooler. Give your child a chance to think about Goofus’s missteps and Gallant’s stellar examples. Use the prompts below to continue the conversation.
Recap 1: Goofus makes excuses for not handing in homework. Gallant writes down assignments so he doesn’t forget them.
Q’s for your kid:
- Have you ever forgotten to do a homework assignment? In which subject?
- What did you tell your teacher? What did she say to you?
- Did you make up the work and resolve the problem?
- What can you do to remember future assignments? Use an organizer? A pad and pencil? A monthly planner? A smartphone calendar? Voice reminders?
- Would it help to leave notes around the house to make sure you have everything you need when you leave for school in the morning?
Recap 2: Goofus slacks off while others around him are working. Gallant offers to help his father.
Q’s for your kid:
- Did you ever loaf or do nothing when family or friends could have used your assistance?
- Why didn’t you pitch in? Were you tired? Cranky? Not interested in helping?
- How did Goofus’s decision affect his mother?
- Which chores do you like doing?
- Which chores would you gladly hand off to others?