how to get a 4 year old to write and settle down to do activities

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Ariana - posted on 09/26/2012

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Four year olds do have short attention spans but you need to work on getting his attention span up. If you want him to settle try to get him at a good time, do some relaxing things before you plan on having an activity. So try to get him to sing a song with you or do something relaxing before he's suppose to do a certain activity.



If you want him to write put on a timer where he can see and tell him you're going to do this activity for 5 minutes and he'll get a sticker on his work once he's done (I'm not saying start giving him bribes, everybody loves stickers). Once he can do this sufficiently tell him he's doing such a great job you think he can handle 8 minutes. I wouldn't say make him do something for a ridiculously long amount of time, but you can train him to sit a little longer to do work. My three year old can sit to do activities for 10 minutes its sometimes more about getting him at the right time and making sure I don't ask him to do something when he's all revved up.



I don't know what other types of activites you mean so it's hard to say how to get him to relax. Just start small and work your way up. My son used to not be able to sit through this circle time at music (which was only about 5 minutes, maybe) and I would have to take him out of the class and bring him back etc. He eventually understood that he would at least have to stay still while it was going on. He's really good about it now.



Good luck!

Ariana - posted on 09/26/2012

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Four year olds do have short attention spans but you need to work on getting his attention span up. If you want him to settle try to get him at a good time, do some relaxing things before you plan on having an activity. So try to get him to sing a song with you or do something relaxing before he's suppose to do a certain activity.



If you want him to write put on a timer where he can see and tell him you're going to do this activity for 5 minutes and he'll get a sticker on his work once he's done (I'm not saying start giving him bribes, everybody loves stickers). Once he can do this sufficiently tell him he's doing such a great job you think he can handle 8 minutes. I wouldn't say make him do something for a ridiculously long amount of time, but you can train him to sit a little longer to do work. My three year old can sit to do activities for 10 minutes its sometimes more about getting him at the right time and making sure I don't ask him to do something when he's all revved up.



I don't know what other types of activites you mean so it's hard to say how to get him to relax. Just start small and work your way up. My son used to not be able to sit through this circle time at music (which was only about 5 minutes, maybe) and I would have to take him out of the class and bring him back etc. He eventually understood that he would at least have to stay still while it was going on. He's really good about it now.



Good luck!

Jo - posted on 09/25/2012

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hey he is only 4 ! 4 yr. olds have short attention spans..I would suggest five minutes of this and five minutes of that.....when he is older you will see what I am saying......Be careful...do not push too hard..will turn him off....

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