While at Style School on Saturday, this sign, from the American Academy of Physical Therapists, caught my eye:
For the most part, yeah. Sounds good. A great 7 tips to share with your kids and practice. But numbers 3 and 5 seemed pretty difficult. Look, I want my 9 year old to carry only 10-15% of his body weight, too. But I also want him to bring home the text books he needs to bring home each night for homework. I once had a student who brought home every single text just in case he was absent the next day from school, so he wouldn’t fall behind. He also had an extra notebook, or 4, in his bag as well as a few reading books and games and toys. His bag might have weighed more than his body.
We fixed that with a few phone calls and lessons on organization. I promised him he wouldn’t fall behind if he didn’t have all of his text books. I also met with his parents and the student and, together, we came up with a system where if he was absent, I’d make sure that his homework and classwork was waiting for him in the office for pick up, after school hours. We also created a system at home where every day he dumped his backpack contents into a bin and cleaned out his pack. This eliminated clutter from his pack that had been previously weighed down by old papers and trinkets that he found and felt he had to keep. Finally, we outlawed toys and extra books. There was no need to bring toys and collections to school and he was only to read one book at a time, so he didn’t need back-ups, we had plenty in our classroom library.
Number 5 on this list, however, makes me ponder. We have our children in public school, so we’ve never purchased text books–and texts are expensive! I’ve never asked a teacher for a list of text books before, but I may do it this year. Then I’ll check online to see if the books are available on Kindle or iPad for download so that he won’t have to bring home extra books and we won’t have to clutter the house with extras, either.
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