One such collision has come in the form of an overactive imagination (on good days) and simple absent mindedness (on tired days). The result is a upturned schedule. What "should" take 10 minutes (on a writing lesson for example) easily turns into 40. It can be humorous to watch (on a good day) or downright frustrating beyond belief (on tiring days) as he writes one letter....pauses...writes another...puts his pencil down...writes another, oh wait, looses his place...forgets what he is doing...writes one more letter...on and on.
I have tried just about everything I could think of: rewards for finishing before x amount of time, consequences for taking too long, encouragement, cheering, walking away and letting it take however long it takes, etc. It seems we talk about this more than anything else in school.
This said, you can imagine my surprise when Jake suddenly shouts, "MOM!! Guess what!? As soon as I finish with one letter, I am just going on to the next one...and I'm almost DONE!! Isn't that cool?!"
I guess some things you just have to learn on your own. We all need our light bulb moments now and again.