My 6yrs old plays in class and don't finish his work, how to make him concentrate in his wok?

Jourdanne - posted on 05/18/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




How to help my 6yrs old son to concentrate in class, he plays around with friends and does not complete his work.


Branwen - posted on 05/18/2012




My son had a concentration problem. His teacher put him right at her desk and made up a reward chart (just stickers) to mark each day that he finishes his work on time. At the end of the week if he's finished every day he gets a "super sticker", which ties into an overall reward program the school runs. Maybe your son's teacher would be open to something similar as it will help her too!

Also, I make sure there is absolutely no sugar in my son's lunch and only give him breakfast cereals that aren't pre-coated in sugar. This seems to help too.

Good luck!

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Jourdanne - posted on 05/20/2012




Thank you all for my comments and suggestions. I think for the time being I will talk to the teacher to try the sticker chart.

Pamela - posted on 05/19/2012




You cannot MAKE anyone do anything. You can force behavior in a number of ways, but all of them will probably be followed with some kind of emotional garbage as the child grows.

Have you spoken with his teacher about WHAT distracts him? Is it other children? Is it the inability to sit still for any period of time?

My sons were Montessori schooled where they were taught independent learning with group leaning as a part, but NOT the main focus. Perhaps you might want to consider Montessori training where he would not be disruptive to others or his own learning pace. I cannot speak more highly of Montessori training unless it is the other similar one which is based in the arts and whose name I do not recall at this moment.

Consider an alternative to public school if that is an option for you.

Crystal - posted on 05/18/2012




My son has had similar issues as far as not completing his work, but I found it was more because they only get so much time to complete each task, and he needed more. He has said its hard to concentrate with others being so there are times when the teacher will allow him to go out in the hall to complete his work. We also just let him know that he needs to try his best to concentrate (focus) to complete it and not pay attention to what everyone else is doing. He is there to learn and listen to the teacher and play time is at recess only.

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