Every single day, the pencils and everything els eis missing. We do have everything for organization anyone can possibly suggest. We have a school room, and folder holders and pencil holders and even a pocket holder for extra supplies. Everything is set up great. Yet, every single day, no one has a pencil. Actually, it starts with, they cannot find their folders or books or whatever they need..usually folder. They each have 1 folder with everything they need in it. At this point, I tell them they better find the folder. There was no reason for the folder to leave the room. The folders can be found anywhere from under their beds in their rooms (no clue why) to on the floor next to their chairs. Once the folders are located, next thing we have to find is the pencils. They will sit down and then say "I don't have a pencil so I cannot do my school work anyway." I ask them where their pencil went. They don't know. I tell them to look at the floor. Sometimes there is one there. Then I tell them to get up and look for a pencil. Sometimes they find one. I eventually join their search. Sometimes, I have to pull a new one out and give that to them. They have gone through (a complete guess) 50 pencils this school year already, despite the fact that they have very little work.
I am fed up. My older children never did this and I am feeling like it is on purpose with my younger children. I never had to fight with my older children the way I have to with my younger ones. Was I just super lucky with my older children? Was I living in the LaLaLand of Easy World with my older ones?
Only thing I can come up with is continuing to be consistent and give it more time, and make them accountable for their own behaviors. I just feel defeated by them sometimes and now I am expecting so I have even less energy to deal with this. I am not giving up. Can anyone relate? Has anyone gone through this?