Forgetful student!

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  1. NewTeacher12345

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    Hi! I need some tips on how to help one of my first graders to remember his belonging when going home. He is so all over the place and often leaves things at school (folder, papers, boots, snow pants, lunch box, water bottles) and his grandma is not too happy with it. I wouldn’t be either if I were her. I have decided to put a visual checklist on his locker to remind him of the things he needs to bring home. I understand that kids learn at different paces but it’s becoming difficult when I have 20 other students to help at the end of the day. I feel as though he should be responsible enough to get everything from his locker that he came to school with. Anyone have any other ideas to help him be more responsible? I don’t want his Grandma to keep getting angry/frustrated about this. Thanks!
     
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    What about a visual aid? How old is he now? Another thing you can try is asking him to check his locker carefully before lessons in the morning and at the end of the day too. Do you have a list of required items in your classroom or not? That might help him remember things. I used to ask my kindergarten kids if the child had everything they needed during homeroom. That was it. If they did not, they were escorted to a stationery shop by their parents after I sent emails home.
     
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    I love the idea of the visual checklist. Give it a few weeks, maybe toss in a reward if you feel so inclined.

    I've had success in the past where I give everyone a buddy they are accountable to. They usually just helped each other get ready to go home.
     
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    This!!!
     
  6. TeacherNY

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    The OP mentioned a visual checklist so I think that's a good idea. It will take practice.
     
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    A combination of your visual checklist and dedicated buddy might do the trick. I hope Grandma is not unhappy w/ you.
    Maybe she could support it at home by allowing/not allowing him to do something he likes to do at home depending on whether he was responsible with his stuff or not.
    Most kids nowadays play video games or at least like TV. The most scattered kids I have seen are ones who play video games constantly.
    Missing some nights of video playing might help him become less scattered and more responsible. Good luck! ;)
     
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    The child should also practice using a schedule at home for something like getting ready for school.
     

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