May I suggest to you the invaluable piece of paper.
And a pencil.
“Low Tech, High Touch” (for all you John Naisbett fans out there).
Saturday mornings we still and always have learning modules.
We call this his “list”.
When there is push-back on too many words,
a noble yet humble piece of paper saves the day.
Consistency, meeting expectations, and the structure of building good habits for the rest of his life.
As we put the teachable moments into improving neural pathways in his working memory, executive function & language processing.
Sure, he hollers about it.
That’s when I walk away and let the list speak for itself.
Just another day’s work of building neural pathways in the right directions.
That doesn’t change just because it is the weekend or a school holiday break.
We have added Fast ForWord and Scientific Spelling.
Because we need to.
We have worked on academics all but two days this holiday, working through “sick”.
And if there is too much push-back from John,
we write on his list, “OR you can do Mom’s list”.
Nothing is more boring than Mom’s list.
It’s a total buzz-kill to John.
Fastest thing I have found to help him with good choices.
So maybe this helps in your world.
Peace be with us,