My 5 years old boy doesn't like to do work

Kalhari - posted on 05/08/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My boy is almost 5 years, I need him to do some additional school work while i feel their school do not do much work. I don't want to change the school as well while only few more month for him to go to grade 1 to new school. How much i tried didn't work yet him to work with me. its so sad and stressful for me. I tried different approach nothing work. I'm bit scared he will hate work if i force too much. Advice please..

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Guest - posted on 05/08/2014

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Do not force him. If he is keeping up with school, he is fine.
If you want him to learn more than they are teaching, find books on subjects he is interested in and read to him. Cuddle on the sofa and make it fun. If he is interested, he will start to ask questions and you can answer them by introducing new academic concepts.
For example, if he loves dinosaurs, read about them to him. You can then teach him about archaeologists, who study dinosaurs, you can teach him about the timeline of the Earth's history, which doesn't seem essential, but it will develop parts of his frontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that controls our ability to sequence events--an essential component in learning. If that part of his brain is strong, when he learns new concepts at school, he will understand and remember it more easily. You can introduce the ways we use mathematics and carbon dating to find out when fossilized animals and plants lived--no need to teach the actual math, just introduce the concept, and he will be interested in learning the math when he gets to it. You can teach him about different kinds of animal groups--mammals, reptiles, etc. All of this will help develop his reading comprehension skills, spelling (through repeatedly seeing common words, and learning Latin root words), and grammar without ever actually doing any work.
Kids do not like work at any age. Let the school be the one to give the work, and you be the one to make him want to learn. This way, he will want to do the work because he will see it as a way to learn, the knowledge will be the reward for doing the work.

Jodi - posted on 05/08/2014

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Just stop!! He is FIVE years old. What are you expecting? At this age, they shouldn't be doing much work.

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