My stepdaughter is in 4th grade and is SO forgetful it is driving us crazy. For the first 3 weeks of school she kept telling us there were no spelling tests, though every week she would bring home one she received and F on the week before. We were upset and she would tell us she just did not know about the tests. After 2 weeks of just saying "its ok" and "just bring it home tomorrow" we finally punished her by taking something away and then all of a sudden she began knowing about the tests.
Now each week she forgets to bring things home at least 3 times a week! Last week she kept forgetting her science book and she had a test to study for. The week before that she kept forgetting to bring home her spelling words. Today she forgot her band instrument...probably because she has afterschool band on Monday and we grounded her from going since she forgot to bring home her science book for 4 days! We told he that we wanted her to just "forget" to go to band afterschool!! Other days she "forgets" homework assignments.
The funny thing is she has a wonderful memory for remembering to ask us to send money for school pictures, signing her up for field trips, and afterschool activities. She remembers which friend asked her to call her afterschool.
School does not come easy to her, and we spend a lot of time each night helping her with homework and studying for tests. So, her not bringing things home that she needs is really irritating. And we do not feel like we should try to put this on her teacher to help her get organized at the end of the day, we feel that we need to get her to get herself ready to come home!!!
We have tried to reward her on nights she brings home what she needs. We have also punished her on nights she does not bring home what she needs. But it is getting ridiculous!!!!!! We have even just come out and asked her why she is all of a sudden "forgetting" everything!!
She just says she just forgets and does not know why!