Need pointers on teaching a child with a very short attention span. She's very smart but won't sit still for very long.

Gina - posted on 04/06/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I can't seem to get my daughter to pay enough attention to anything to teach her abc's, numbers, etc. She doesn't sit still for a second and it can be very frustrating. Any pointers on teaching techniques for very short attention spans?

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Deirdre - posted on 04/07/2009

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You should try incorporating lessons into her daily routine.  For example at breakfast.  If you have eggs and toast.  Do the alphabet up to  E ; A, b c,d ,E and say E is for Eggs then continue to sing it to T is for toast and end with Z. She will not feel like a lesson is going on but it will stick in her brain.  You can do this at every meal - just be creative.  When you're driing to errands point out things that interest her (I'm not sure how old she is) but animals, vehicles even store signs (that's reading).  When you go to the store you could ask her to pick out certain things based on the labels, color, similarities or the food group etc.   Any moment in life is a learning moment; she does not have to "sit still" to learn.  Are you home schooling or prepping her for pre-k?  I hope this has helped.

User - posted on 04/07/2009

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My son is the same way, I printed out each letter of the alphabet, colored them :) and then put each letter in his room. He is proud of them, and we have worked on not only singing, but he now knows each letter.  He is very pleased to sit down now and show his granny what letter is what and it's soo freakin cute:)  Good luck!

Amy - posted on 04/07/2009

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Get out some of that energy before she sits to learn. Jumping, running, or pulling something might help to use up some of that energy so she can be more focused.

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Jala - posted on 06/28/2013

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Thank you so much for the info I haven't used it yet but I think its a execellent hypothosis

Tamara - posted on 04/08/2009

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At 21 months, she'll not have a long attention span. My DD is 18 months and has all the attention span of a butterfly. It'll all come in time. I would go with a pp's suggestion of doing things in games. She'll learn in time. From what I understand, actual understanding of reading doesn't come closer to 7 or so. You've got time. :)

Gina - posted on 04/07/2009

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Quoting Serina:

My sons a little young the alphabet still but I heard of this GREAT way to teach them!!! Which Im going to definatly try!! Do Letter of the day... Start with A and say todays letter is A and show her what it looks and sounds like and throught out the day point out objects that begin with A. If your eating an apple say.. Apple starts with A and sound it out aaaapple. Ask her later in the day What does "Arm" start with? Also if you have something like a food label, calendar, small grocery list. etc. ask her to point out all the letter A's. I dont know if it works but it seems like it would.... you can try it anyway.



Great idea.  Thank you so much.

Gina - posted on 04/07/2009

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Haven't had her tested for ADD.  She is still rather young, 21 months old. I keep telling myself not to worry and this will pass.  You have all helped a lot with ideas that I can do to teach her better. We'll just have to do "active" learning.  Thank you all so much.



 

User - posted on 04/07/2009

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Instead of sitting and trying to force her to learn, play games and make it fun. Every child has a short attention span. when learning colors make up a board game or try to cut out big circles of paper and have her walk a few feet to match it to another circle in the same color. And make diff shapes with the diff colors. Try doing the same thing with numbers and letters. Cut a letter/number out of paper and have her walk over to find the next letter of the alphabet or the next number. You can force a child to learn, jus make it fun and colorful and she should love it

Serina - posted on 04/07/2009

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My sons a little young the alphabet still but I heard of this GREAT way to teach them!!! Which Im going to definatly try!! Do Letter of the day... Start with A and say todays letter is A and show her what it looks and sounds like and throught out the day point out objects that begin with A. If your eating an apple say.. Apple starts with A and sound it out aaaapple. Ask her later in the day What does "Arm" start with? Also if you have something like a food label, calendar, small grocery list. etc. ask her to point out all the letter A's. I dont know if it works but it seems like it would.... you can try it anyway.

Tina - posted on 04/07/2009

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I feel the same way at times but my son is only 17 months old.  He's just at that age.  They just want to explore, explore, explore.  My son gets bored very easily.  He will play with one toy one second and move on to another the next.  I try incorporating story time every day but of course it's hard to get him to sit with me all the time.  Once in a while he does, but mostly he doesn't.  So what I do now is sit him in his highchair for story time.  I also do ABC anytime during the day.  I read eventually they will pick it up but on their own terms.  I do numbers and ABC whenever...while changing his diaper, bath time.  How old is your daughter?  I would not worry about it too much.  It's just her age.  

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