Tracy - posted on 01/19/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
My third grade son has problems concentrating on school work and homework. He is easily distracted and is having problems focusing. His teacher says he sits with her for almost every assignment and spends most of his time staring off. He came home with a note he made in his planner "Homework - letter". He was able to tell us he was supposed to write a letter to Mayor but could not tell us what the letter was supposed to be about. When we spoke to the teacher she said he had an hour to write the letter in class but only wrote one sentence. We suggested that if he wasn't completing his school assignments she have him do it during recess. This was not working. My son said she had him sitting outside with his work and he was watching the children play instead of doing his work. His teacher said that he gets frustrated and upset at school during some of these assignments. She is asking us for suggestions. When I suggested she have him spend recess in the principals office doing work where there might be less distractions she responded "she'd try that but it is always hard at lunch (recess follows lunch)because we all have duties..." I considered volunteering once a week but I am not sure that is what is best for him. We have the same issues at home with homework. Instead of just doing his homework (of which he is capable) he will find distractions... need a drink, food, call the dog over, if anything is sitting near -paper, book, toy, mail, need to go to the bathroom, anything - he will start messing with that instead of focusing on homework. We usually make it through the homework but what should take a half hour -takes 1-2 hours. I am open to any suggestions.