Do you have one of those kids who just does not like to read the directions? He or she would much rather just get down to the work of math or English, etc. than take the time to read the directions first? If he or she is like most kids, this means that you end up with mistakes that must be fixed, answers that are totally off the wall or academic struggles.
We have fought this battle with one of our kids who just hates to take the time to read the instructions first. Instead, she will set out to do the work that she thinks they want. In fact, there are many occasions where she doesn’t even review the sample problems. Before she knows it she has completed an entire assignment incorrectly or she hits a problem that she cannot do and we discover that once again she forgot to read the instructions . . .