How to get my child to focus on school work?

Megan - posted on 05/05/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Im trying to see what methods you all use to get your child to focus on school work. With having a lot of children in my household it seems like I just cant get my SK to focus. Teachers are having the same problem. I will soon check it out with our medical doctor to see what they recommend. TV is off, still side tracked.

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Cortney - posted on 05/17/2011

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I just read a Parents/Parenting/something article that said that since more and more schools are getting rid of recess or shortening the time for recess the kids are being suspected of ADD/ADHD though it's just normal pent-up tension. So right after school for the first 30-45 minutes kids should get to unwind: healthy snacks, water and then a good run outside or just playing. Nothing stressful. And I have to agree. When I've been working all day long at my desk (I'm a work-at-home mom) I need to destress and get out asap. Even 10 minutes helps me focus better but then I'm also an adult with a purpose in mind (work to pay bills). So no matter what the age, I say after 8 hours of being in school (or 8 hours for adults being at work) we need unwind time before we can tackle another mentally strenuous job. Just think of how you feel after staying home with the kids all day (during the summer) and then your spouse comes in the door from work. You'd like to just give him/her the kids so you can go destress. That's how our kids feel. No matter the age. They just have it worse because 1) they have no life-or-death responsibilities that give focus 2) they have much shorter attention spans 3) they need exercise just to think straight.
In fact, is there a way to get them outside to do their homework? For example, set up a table, set a timer and give them a time period to get homework done, just like in college. If homework is due tomorrow and it'll take an hour to complete, give them 2 hours. Maybe you dont' have time like that, but the kid does. Send them outside, the outside alone is conducive to thinking. If you do this on a regular basis, I think you will see a change in your child for the better. Try it for a week, see what happens.

Penny - posted on 05/16/2011

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I have a 9 yr. old boy. We have trouble getting him to do his homework every night. he had an easy year last year in 2nd Grade because he seemed to know everything (which sometimes made him bored). This year in 4rd Grade he actually has to think to do his work. My son become angry and gives up. I try to explain it is best to ask for help than it is to give up. Some days when he gets home from school he is exhausted from thinking so hard all day, that I let him do part of his homework the following day before leaving for school. if he cooperates in the morning, then he can do it again.

Isabel - posted on 09/05/2012

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hi i am a mom of one son and he is 7 ,he is in the 3rd grade and this is the beginning of a new school year.I would like to know how to help him to do his work at school sometime he dont write the work given to him during the course of the day and dosnt focus in school and i get frustrated because i dont know how deal with it nor how to help please for some advice anyone

Delinah - posted on 05/10/2011

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We're having the same problem with our 8 year old. I see the main problem is crowded classroom. Plus the work is too easy. Now it's the end of the school year. We have started setting a timer. I ask him how long it will take him to do a selected part of the homework. If he makes it he gets 10 min of playtime or whatever he wants except electronics. It's working at home. I don't know about the classroom yet. But I hope so.

Deepti - posted on 05/08/2011

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u have not mentioned the age of the kid
as per age u can introduce educational game which he may enjoy..sometimes i play teacher-student game with my kid in which he teaches me. here he teaches me all the lessons learned in the school.. that helps in revising the concepts in playful manner
to make ur kid goal oriented, go to this valuable link:
http://perspectiveofdeepti.blogspot.com/...

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Sophia - posted on 09/06/2012

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having alot of children around ... for some kids they need time alone to think. find a place where you do homework and reading .at this place no one can enter or talk to you both when it 's reading time / homework time. Same time every day say you are sorry if you have to change the time. it mean you cant take calls unless someone is being killed. my son need time alone with me to do homework and read. my older son and husband and team members so they follow our little rule. Dont talk to us until we are finish. both know this time is helping him do better in school

Angela - posted on 05/23/2011

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I know I am not the one that asked the question but everyone of you helped me out. thank you so much.

Angela - posted on 05/06/2011

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Well, I make a game out of home work so it does not be so stressful. Sometimes, I allow mine to do things online, flash cards of his spelling words, you know whatever it takes for them to learn it. You have to change it up sometimes so that when you say it is time to do home work it will not be a problem. I don't have him do homework everyday. As long as you read to them, have them tell you what time it is, help you in the kitchen, or laundry, you can consider that homework. When it comes to the laundry, have them tell you how many red shirts on in the laundry and have them write the words five red shirts.

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