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Homeschool Accountability - Try a "Morning Meeting"

Ooops.  They were supposed to be independent.  Instead they goofed off.

Never under-estimate a teenager's ability to avoid work.  Sometimes intentional lapses, many times teens are simply focused on other things (like their hair, or their new shoes) and they forget trivial things like math assignments or research reports.

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It would be nice to have teenagers grow up one day and suddenly just BE responsible.  Nice, but unlikely.  It's much more common for teenagers to slowly BECOME responsible.  It take a lot of time and a lot of practice, often with constant shaping and molding from their parents.  Kids don't start the first day of 9th grade as responsible adults.  The BEGIN the process of becoming responsible adults.

That's where the Morning Meeting idea can help.  When you check on your child each day, you can shape and mold their "responsibility index" each day.  A quick 15 or 30 minute check in can give you the time you need to assess the situation and correct the behavior, shaping and molding your child's responsibility as you go.

The Morning Meeting can help your child stay on task, so they don't "forget" school for a week - or a month!- and suddenly fall hopelessly behind.  A daily meeting is a great goal.  In practice, though, a day will be missed here and there.  We are all busy people with busy lives, after all!  But if you forget a day or two, you will still benefit.  Any meeting can provide feedback for children.  If you miss a few days, you will eventually return to the meeting and discover any missed assignments.

Even in "real life" after school, adults are often faced with frequent check-ups.  In our business, we attempt to have a daily meeting with our employees.  While it doesn't ALWAYS happen, it does USUALLY happen, and it can find any missed assignments.

If you tend to fall behind, or if you see your student overwhelmed by an insurmountable mountain of work, instituting a "Morning Meeting" can be the  perfect non-punitive answer.

Try having a quick morning meeting for a successful homeschool.

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Comments 10

Guest - Alisha (Learning From My Kids) on Friday, 13 May 2016 13:39

One idea that we recently started to do is a morning (or early afternoon) meeting. Our whole family sits at the table just after breakfast and we plan what we want to do for the day. We then place the most important things on our new kitchen command centre.

One idea that we recently started to do is a morning (or early afternoon) meeting. Our whole family sits at the table just after breakfast and we plan what we want to do for the day. We then place the most important things on our new kitchen command centre.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Friday, 13 May 2016 14:10

Great idea, Alisha!
That's perfect timing, since everyone was there for breakfast anyway!
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Great idea, Alisha! That's perfect timing, since everyone was there for breakfast anyway! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Lee (website) on Monday, 12 October 2015 15:49

Dear Laura,
Since you are a current Gold Care Club member, I can send you any classes that you need. I'll sent you the class on College Scholarships for High School Credit - look for that in your email inbox!
Blessings,
Lee

Dear Laura, Since you are a current Gold Care Club member, I can send you any classes that you need. I'll sent you the class on College Scholarships for High School Credit - look for that in your email inbox! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Laura on Saturday, 10 October 2015 18:53

Hi Lee!! I am completely soaking up all that you are providing!!!
I was watching a talk that you had recorded and heard you say that you had your sons write an essay often. I've been looking for it again to hear it again but I haven't been able to find it. I am interested in more detail as I found it to be a wonderful idea and it was on "Finding faith to homeschool high school." Might you be able to expand on this idea for me.

Thanks!!

Hi Lee!! I am completely soaking up all that you are providing!!! I was watching a talk that you had recorded and heard you say that you had your sons write an essay often. I've been looking for it again to hear it again but I haven't been able to find it. I am interested in more detail as I found it to be a wonderful idea and it was on "Finding faith to homeschool high school." Might you be able to expand on this idea for me. Thanks!!
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 16 March 2012 13:16

Aw thanks, Dianne!! I'm so glad you find this helpful!
Blessings,
Lee

Aw thanks, Dianne!! I'm so glad you find this helpful! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Dianne on Friday, 16 March 2012 13:13

Oh Lee....I wish I knew you five years ago. But I muddled through with my first high schooler and some local co-op teaching and counseling help. Now I have to "start over" as it were with my next high schooler - all my kids are five years apart - and I am thrilled to have found your website resource. Thanks!

Oh Lee....I wish I knew you five years ago. But I muddled through with my first high schooler and some local co-op teaching and counseling help. Now I have to "start over" as it were with my next high schooler - all my kids are five years apart - and I am thrilled to have found your website resource. Thanks!
Guest - Kathy Wright (website) on Thursday, 15 March 2012 09:13

We've regularly used morning meetings to review the day's and week's schedule, and then it also transitions well into Bible lessons for our crew.

We've regularly used morning meetings to review the day's and week's schedule, and then it also transitions well into Bible lessons for our crew.
Guest - Margaret (website) on Thursday, 29 July 2010 15:46

This is great advice which I am taking to heart as I enter the teen years with my kids!

This is great advice which I am taking to heart as I enter the teen years with my kids!
Guest - Ann on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 11:38

Not only can a morning meeting serve as a check and encouragement to keep on track, we used a more-or-less daily morning together time through the years for devotions together, character stories, reading aloud, doing artwork, art history books, sharing items of interest (articles on all kinds of topics, including high school-related articles like Lee's). Sometimes our time together was only 10 minutes, but I felt that it was best to put the "spice" up front, or we would get busy with our academic subjects and it would get cut off at the end of the day. We LOVED that morning time together, and the things we shared will remain as some of my most cherished homeschool memories. It was what made homeschool special, fun, and exciting.

I shouldn't talk past tense as I have two more boys in high school, but as their lives have become busier and more full, it seems more difficult to get everyone together to enjoy that time.

Not only can a morning meeting serve as a check and encouragement to keep on track, we used a more-or-less daily morning together time through the years for devotions together, character stories, reading aloud, doing artwork, art history books, sharing items of interest (articles on all kinds of topics, including high school-related articles like Lee's). Sometimes our time together was only 10 minutes, but I felt that it was best to put the "spice" up front, or we would get busy with our academic subjects and it would get cut off at the end of the day. We LOVED that morning time together, and the things we shared will remain as some of my most cherished homeschool memories. It was what made homeschool special, fun, and exciting. I shouldn't talk past tense as I have two more boys in high school, but as their lives have become busier and more full, it seems more difficult to get everyone together to enjoy that time.

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