I don’t know what it is about fourth grade, but my daughter just isn’t looking forward to this year. I think it has something to do with the transition from going to school and having fun, and actually doing some work. Last year she had a taste of her first state testing and The stress it puts on both the students and the teachers all year was really unreal.
Kids are really starting to develop their own personalities and cliques get created, new friends are made and old friends are lost. Socially it can be a rough time, and academically it becomes a bit more of a burden than the years before. It’s always stressful with new teachers, new faces, and new rules after almost 3 months of summer time. Not to mention, she still is trying to figure out what she wants to wear for the first day!
For the longest time I have been putting little notes and treats in her lunch just to give her that extra boost to make it through the day. Some days it’s just friendly reminder that she has what it takes, other times it’s a special dessert that I know will make her smile and recently I’ve been hiding little rewards and tokens of affection for a week well done.
Just as she is growing up, so do the rewards. I used to hide a quarter in her lunchbox for her to buy something from the school store, now the school store isn’t as much of a thrill anymore.
This year however, I have a plan that will keep her motivated, keep her on track, and give her a reward she can appreciate. Can you imagine her face as she opens her lunch box on a Friday after a week well done, filled with fantastic grades and a positive attitude to boot, and finds a gift card to Xbox live nestled right next to her peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
I know it’s just the kind of reward that my fourth-grader will appreciate, and will be something that she and I can use together. Times have changed since I was a child, and I don’t think a brand-new football book cut it anymore. But after she has finished her homework, and had a little outside time, I don’t see anything wrong with the lighting in a bit of video games. That’s not to say that mom and dad don’t enjoy playing them as well.
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