How to get my daughter to "WANT TO" study?

Carsandra - posted on 11/25/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 7 in February. She has a short attention span. She also has a moderate speech problem. My 5 year old son studies more, write better and stays on task for periods of time. Does anyone knw how I could get her to stay on task?

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Jennifer - posted on 11/25/2012

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My oldest (almost 9) has the same problem with no attention span. I am actually getting him tested for ADHD in about a week, because his teachers have noticed this as a huge problem as well. I have found some things that really seem to help with him at least wanted to try. First off, he is in school for 6-1/2hrs. Then, he has about an hour bus ride home. So, when he gets home he really NEEDS to work off some energy before sitting down to focus on school work. He gets home about 4:45 from school, and he goes to bed at 9pm, so our goal is to get the work done somewhere inbetween that time and not the second he walks in the door. Some days he says he does want to work on it right away, but usually if he does that, by the time he gets a few answers down, he wants to go play and come back later which I completely allow. The goal is for him to get the homework done and learn while he is doing it. Second thing, I offer incentives for good grades. He has an incredibly hard time with reading and writing, so his spelling tests are usually aweful. I started telling him that every week that he gets 100% on his test, he will get a small prize ie: silly putty, silly pen. Then, on top of that, if he gets 100% for an entire month, he gets a big prize like a movie at the theater or a fishing day with just daddy and him. We have really stressed to him the importance of a good education, but at that young age, it's hard to grasp that concept, so we give him a little instant gratification for encouragement. One huge thing I have done, is to undertand myself that he isn't going to be a straight A student. When I started focusing more on how proud I was for his effort and not the grade on his paper, I saw a huge improvement in his willingness to try harder.

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Carsandra - posted on 11/25/2012

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Thank you Jennifer, I will definately try that. And I never looked at it as .. Its ok as long as she gets it done before bed. She has a problem with doing cartwheels all day, including class. I was afraid of getting her tested especially since My oldest son is 11 he has epilepsy, and my second son is 9 ad heas tourette syndrome. I will start that process right away. Her father does reward her if she has good behavior ALL week. So I might try that with her work. I thank you so much.

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