School troubles...behavior

Samantha - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Ok, so what do you do with a child who has wonderful grades in school, but cant seem to behave in school??? My oldest, Chase, (who is 7, in 2nd grade) gets straight A's, but always has issues with his citizenship.....is he bored??? just acting out for attention??? I have done the grounding and writing assignments, and added chores for him to do, and a reward box that he got to pick out of if he was good that day. Tried a sticker chart...i dont know what else to do!!! He was on tracking sheets last year, and i dont want to go back to that....Please, any suggestions????

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Lindsey - posted on 09/18/2009

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It is a good possibility he could be bored. Cyrus is on tracking sheets. Actually he is in Special Ed because of his behavior, his case is a social anxiety thing. the tracking sheets could be good though it's a constant reminder for him. Cyrus just changed schools and he was horrible in his last school... He WAS bored.. Now in his new school they are keeping him challanged and he is like a totally different kid. See if they'll test him for advanced classes. Or you can get like a 3rd grade workbook from target or barnes and noble...

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Vicki - posted on 09/19/2009

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I just want to clarify something, ADHD is no indication of a child's intelligence. Many kids, like my son, are gifted and talented learners who also happen to have some ADHD behavioral challenges.

Samantha - posted on 09/19/2009

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Thank you so much for all of the imput!!!!! I just feel like its a never ending battle with this....i have thought of having him tested, but he already started early so he is the youngest in his class. I am very thankful to all of you for letting me know its not just me!!!!

Michelle - posted on 09/18/2009

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Problem is you can not really get a lot out or punishing him for something he did hours ago in school. At that age they just don't get it. I'm not saying just let him get away with it. He should receive the punishment on the spot at the school (be it writting sentences, going to talk to the principle, whatever is reasonable). Then when he gets home discuss this behavior with him. Use the reward system. When he does well for the day he gets a ticket/sticker after so many he can trade them in for candy or a toy. But if he acts up or does something wrong he gets one taken away. You also may want to consider taking him to a behavioral management therapist. Sometimes kids will listen to a perfect stranger before listening to their own parents.

Nicci - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter had the same problems a couple years ago and it turned out she was just very bored with the grade level they had her on. The teacher didn't want to hear any part of it so she struggled a bit but the next year she had a wonderful teacher who worked one on one with her and she found that my daughter was actually very advanced! We didn't skip any grades but the teacher continued to allow her to work at her own level. I felt very blessed! Behavior was amazing once she felt challenged! I wish you the best of luck and i'm sorry i'm not much help!

Stephanie - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son is in the same boat. His last teacher recommended I have him tested for adhd but since he is testing above his grade level the doctor said he didn't think that was it. He said he's just a normal active bright little boy. I wish I could help more. The best I can do is let you know you're not alone.

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