Ah, but today was a disappointing day. One of the things that I have been much concerned about is that William never has homework. Never. Not one time in over 3 months.
I found this suspicious. We discussed it many times and he always explained, "I get my school work done in Advisory." (That seems to be what we called 'study hall'.) There used to be a place where you could log into William's school information We used it all the time when we homeschooled, but I can no longer find it on the website.
My youngest daughter kept saying, "You've got to figure that out. William is in the perfect situation right now. His school reports are going to his mother. You don't have access to that information. He's going to play that to his advantage."
I looked. I tried to find that portal, and could not. It's not where it was when we were home schooling, anyway. I looked for it a couple times, talked to my daughter, tried to download a school app on my phone, but it turned out to be for weather alerts and cancellations.
This morning, I got an e-mail from my oldest daughter. A teacher had e-mailed to say that William was five assignments behind in her class.
As soon as I read the e-mail, I got the very sick feeling that this was merely the tip of the iceburg.
I got added to the school information. I discovered that what I was looking for is now called Home Access. His password had been changed since we homeschooled.
I got in and had a look around. He is missing 8 assignments in math. The other classes had just a couple missing assignments, but at least in those, his grades were good.
My heart sank.
I sat down and wrote e-mails to all his teachers. We are all on the same page now. They all think he's a very nice boy.
But he's a very nice boy who doesn't like school.
Walking home from school, we had a very serious talk. He looked down, with very red cheeks.
He's got 4 assignments done on his laptop. One of his teachers is sending home some work tomorrow night. He's got a full weekend to get the math sorted out. He'll get it done. It's never been a situation that he can't do it. He just doesn't want to.
Motivation is a lot easier than trying to help him understand something he can't comprehend.