my child is having a hard time reading and writing

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Michelle - posted on 02/08/2012

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Gosh, my 8 year old doesn't even get that much homework. IMO that is too much for a 5 year old in Kindergarten. To me kindergarten isn't supposed to be "structured" learning but is to get them used to being in a school environment.



For a lot of children it's a transition from being at home all day to going to school.

Johnny - posted on 02/07/2012

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I would just do 5-10 minutes at a time, giving her plenty of opportunity to run around and play independently between sessions. Expecting a 5 year old to sit still and engage in academics is putting on entirely too much pressure. That sort of thing can really backfire and lead to anxiety or resistance. It is important to keep it fun and fresh. Good luck.

Evelyn - posted on 02/07/2012

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no is kindergarten is math rainbow word writing its a package they give them for like a month and reading also

Johnny - posted on 02/07/2012

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Does she seem to be enjoying the work at all? What kind of "homework" are they giving out? I'm a little stunned by the entire idea of homework for a 5 year old, so I'm not quite sure of what that would consist. Is this an academic-only program?

Evelyn - posted on 02/07/2012

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ok im going to try should i just focus in one thing or have her do different assignments

Johnny - posted on 02/07/2012

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Your daughter is getting a half hour of homework each night in kindergarten?!?!?! That is totally inappropriate. Is she not in a kindergarten class? Are they focusing on any of the other important developmental learning for that age group or just academics?

Johnny - posted on 02/07/2012

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"Children ages 5-6 years old typically can attend to one activity that is of interest to them for around 10-15 minutes at a time and should generally be able to filter out small distractions occurring simultaneously in the environment. They may only be able to attend to an assigned classroom activity for only 5-10 minutes particularly if they find it uninteresting or difficult for them and do not have adult guidance to stay on task. As a guideline some research suggests using a child's age as a general starting point for the number of minutes a child can attend to a single assigned task...so 5 minutes for a 5 year old, 7 minutes for a 7 year old, etc. "



http://www.earlyinterventionsupport.com/...

Johnny - posted on 02/07/2012

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That might be a bit much for a five year old. If you are trying to get her focused, why not work in shorter intervals. Five minutes of writing practice, a half hour of free play, and then 10 minutes of reading. There is a reason that kindergarten students don't spend the day sitting in desks working from books. They are just not quite ready to sit and focus for that time period at that age.

Johnny - posted on 02/07/2012

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You said she is 5. I think that might explain it. How long are you expecting her to focus for? Is this in school or in the home?

Evelyn - posted on 02/07/2012

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she is actually not doing so bad the thing is that she has a problem trying to keep focus and that reflects on her work

Johnny - posted on 02/07/2012

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Can you give a bit more information? Is she reading at all? Can she form letters? Words? Is she in school? What is her teacher saying about it?

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