Charming disorganized 9 year old boy - What to do to help at school?

Laura - posted on 05/10/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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If anyone can offer any suggestions, I would be most appreciative!

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Sarah - posted on 05/12/2016

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I have four kids and that is super common at that age. It does improve with practice. Ask you son to take a minute when he gets home or before he leaves for the day (I am sure if you ask his teacher she will agree) Take a few minutes and think back thru the day; what I had for breakfast, what did we do at school early morning, late morning, do I have to do any homework for those classes? What did I eat for lunch, what did we do in class this afternoon and do I need to bring anything home. Are the any extra things; library books, field trip forms etc. If he can just slow his thoughts for a few minutes I bet he will be much less scattered. Staying on task in a learned skill and I promise he is not the only student struggling with this issue.
We had one teacher who would teach for ten minutes, then everyone would get up and stretch, then another ten minutes, then everyone would get up and do a few jumping jacks. She was a great teacher and I think it was 5th grade. She just had a good sense of the kids drifting off.
One other issue that we changed in our schools recently is the 4-5 graders are allowed a mid morning snack. If he does not get a snack between AM and lunch, that can contribute to him not staying on task cause he is hungry. To expect a 9-11 year old to go from 6:30 or 7 until 11 is a long time without eating. They don't need much, half an apple, a small bag of carrots, nuts, a granola bar; helps them stay focused on school.

Laura - posted on 05/11/2016

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Thank you Sarah for your reply .I do find that extra time in the AM helps. He is having a hard time staying on task and I am not so sure its anything more than just a lack of maturity. How do I know if that's all it may be? He is 9 and in 4th grade

Sarah - posted on 05/10/2016

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May be arrive a few minutes early for him to get organized and a few minutes at the end of the day to organize his desk. My kids all got assignment books from the school starting in third grade to write down homework and stuff to remember. Does he have to catch a bus? What sort of thing is he struggling with?

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