Re: Cub having problems at school
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Sat, 12 Sep 1998 14:03:56 +0000
>Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 23:08:00 -0400
>From: Linda Markley <Linscouts@AOL.COM>
>Subject: cub having problems at school
>I need advice. I have a cub in 4th grade having problems at school
>academically. He hates school, won't do homework. Mom at a loss what to do.
>She was going to keep him out of scouts because of his grades but decided
>against it because he needs an activity for himself and likes scouts. He has a
>brother who is disabled and has to do alot for him.
>Any suggestions as to how I can help her? She has helped the pack a great
>deal and I want to be able to do something. Does anyone give awards for report
>cards, improvements in school, etc..
Since the cub is in 4th grade, that would make him a Webelos.. There is a
Scholar activity pin that he can earn. Also have the mom check into the
Academics belt loops. There are many ideas there that he could earn, too.
I am not going to offer suggestions on tutors, or giving candy or
toys for doing what he is supposed to do. Others will (I am sure) do that.
I am going to offer some advice on basic human needs for recognition and
pride in what they >can< do.
How about the den (the whole den) helping out his school in a
service project? If he sees the bird feeders or butterfly garden that he
helped build, maybe that will help him take 'ownership' of his school, and
some pride in being there. Other suggestions are to help with setting up a
display in his school library about scouting, outdoor adventure, or any of
the monthly themes in scouting. Many schools have a display case that
they'd LOVE to have new and different stuff in. And the kids doesn't need
to stand in from of the class.
Webelos also can make posters for Drug/Alcohol awareness for the
Fitness badge. Display those in the school. The Citizenship badge is a
good one for displays and posters, too. How about sharing information on
building PW Derby cars with a display? Naturalist, Outdoorsman, Geologist,
and Forester all apply to the 4th grade science curriculum. And these are
just off the top of my head. If I go look in the book I know I will find more.
As an ex-teacher (yeah, right, there's a life-long job..I'm teaching
more now than when I was in the classroom) I can tell you that the kids who
struggled in academics would bloom if they were recognized for the myriad
things that they could do that were not part of homework or classwork. THEN
they would apply themselves in those other areas that are so hard. And
having something to share or having 'bragging rights' on a great display
(you belong to that den? Cool!) will work wonders for building that bit of
self-confidence that is needed to push that kid along. And you can weather
some very hard times if you are proud of the work that you >can< do.
"Many hands make light work" is so true. Even if this kids is the
only one from his school in the den, enlist the DL's help in putting up some
of these things, making it a whole den (or multiple den) project. If there
is more than 1 school that the den members come from, rotate the display
from school to school, so all can bask in the admiration of those bug
catchers and terrariums.
Service to others has a great byproduct.......it also means service to
ourselves. Make him want to go to school, the rest will come, have
patience. Remember, 90% of success is just showing up.
Hope these thoughts help you out.
Lorie McGraw <email@example.com> Webelos Den Leader Pack 410
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