"my son is 4yrs old. his teacher always complains to me that he has
completely loss focus in class he does do his work early and on time,
because of that he doesn't go for break because he doesn't finish on time.
I don't know what to do for him. when am teaching him at home, he does the
same thing, at times when i leave him alone to do his work either he does
it and when he finishes instead giving it to me he start tearing the edges
of his book or he doesn't do it at all i don't know what to do. well for
know he likes watching t.v (Disney Junior) please i need your help.
"My five year old son is very smart.He however has had a rough time with
Jr. Kindergarten this year. He gets bored and would rather crawil around
or make the other chidren laugh than sit and listen to a 1/2 hour story.
The teacher is so frisrtated she sends him to the principral's office of
one on one with the secretary where he does great and complets his school
work. Is there a special school for kds like this or do I have to home
school him? help is ADD a factor? He does great at home. me
"i have an 8 year old and she is having problems at school with focusing
what has happen is she was at at french amegin school and was having
problems then the school transfered her to her home school and she got
stabbed with a pencil and the kids were mean to her she never would hit
back i tought her not to hit the kids in her class would get up and walk
out of the class and then the teacher would chase the child so i got fed
up and changed schools but she had problems thinking kids would do the
same i thought maybe moving out of the neighbour hood would help by her
meeting new kids and a different inviroment but she is having a hard time
still i am a singe mom i work a lot maybe thats whats wrong i get up set
and take things away or raise my voice but it dosent work please help me
with my daughter i love her so much i want the best for her education in
really important to me "
"Our son, now 7, had issues in kindergarten with being able to stay
focussed and being able to deal with changes and transitions. We came to
understand that he has issues with sensory processing (previously called
sensory integration). Basically in his case it appeared that it was ADHD
because he would fidget in his chair, need to get out of his seat and jump
around, and appear to not pay attention in class. We now understand that
the hyperactivity was a symptom of his need to jump start his senses, to
process information that he was taking in.
I'm not suggesting that is the case for all kids who can't seem to focus
in class, just a heads up to those parents to ask more questions of your
pediatrician, and don't be afraid to get an outside expert to look at your
"my son is in 5th grade and is just not wanting to do school work he is
getting bad grades I know that he can do it I think he is just lazy and
chooses not to do he is work when I work with him and make him do it he
dose it and dose very well but I have to make him at school he dose some
things and not others"
"Check for Neurotherapy, my son was ADD and now is cured."
"AAHHHHH! my 8 year old daughter dosnt have adhd but today i recieved my
daughters progress report and she got A's except for not paying attention
and recieved an F in social studies because she was not ansswering
questions because she was not paying attention to what the questions were
asking Please HELP!!! "
"My 2nd grade son is very playful that this has spilled over into the
classroom and is causing a problem with his work. I was told today that
the teacher holds up flash cards for math as well as ask him to read and
he cannot answer because he doesn't know the information but when he gets
home and we go over the information he is fine. I have taken the
television, games and toys from him and nothing is working. I don't want
him to fail but I need a solution so that I can help him stay focused.
Please help me with a solution?"
"i have a son going on to 5th gd. and he has a hard time focusing and
staying on task in class. what advice do u hav for a child his age at 11
yrs. old? and his teacher from last year recommended to have him tested to
see if he has a problem learning. but im afraid that they are going to
want to put him on drugs to help him. and i don't want him to depend on
drugs to do good in school.he doesn't cause trouble at school or home he
behaves like a normal child.do you have some advice for me?please help."
"Please parents be aware of the medications that are given to kids
sometimes are a quick solution. If you have a kid with ADD/ADHD it takes a
lot of understanding and dedication but you can help your child. Please
dont give in. You could also educate your self more on this topic. I
recomend : Wild Child by Don Mordasini MA,MFT
which shows his struggle with his daughters ADD/HD and his own. If you
have a chance please read this book you can rent it from your local
library it has help me a lot with my own son. "
"WHAT WORKED FOR ME:
My 2nd grade boy had these same ADHD/ADD struggles. I am opposed to using
drugs and sought out a homeopathic solution. I found a homeopath who has
been dealing with ADHD boys specifically for the last 20 years. He met
with my son, gave us some homeopathic drops to take 3 times a day, and
took him of dairy and dyes, specifically RED dyes. (after a short test) My
son was a NEW BOY in a matter of 3 months. My husband was a little bit
skeptical, until he saw how our son reacted when he was given a '3 day
pass' from drops and diet changes on Halloween. With all that back in his
system, all the old issues came back; trouble focusing, not being able to
follow directions, couldn't sit still without moving, etc. I have a few
friends who have since visited this doctor with their boys, with nothing
short of miraculous results. It took a good few months and we were able to
creep some of the dairy and dyes back into his life, but sparingly. When
we feel he's getting a little out of contr!
ol, we just simply go off dairy and dyes for a bit, and it does the
trick! He is back in public school, and doing well. "
"Hi, my son is 5 years old his DOB is 11-14-80 so he is the youngest in his
kindergarten class. This is his second year in school he went to pre-k.
I'm concerned because he can not stay still or focus on his work and most
times brings it home with a note that say please help finish. However at
parent teacher conference, they said he is the smartest kid in the class
room and his vocabulary is off the charts. But that his social interaction
is none, and he rather be by him self. not to mention that he wont stay in
his seat, and that he always has a story to tell, which interrupts the
class. they said while story time he sit quiet but as far as all else he
is really having trouble saying still and focusing unless you are right on
top of him, which the teacher can not do with 20 other students. they
afraid with 1st grade coming and much more independent work he will fall
behind. what can I do to help him stay still and focus. medicine is not an
option for us. we have tried charts!
, time outs, taking things away and rewards. nothing seems to work? any
"If this does not sound like our situation! "
"Some kids are too young to know how to focus yet. Think about the kids
who are in preschool and three or four years old. They have most likely
gone from playing most of the day, to being expected to follow rules and
directions. Learning how to focus is like most other things in life, it
takes practice. Parents or other adults can model good listening skills
by giving their child undivided attention when they are telling a story or
sharing something. This may not always be possible since many of us have
busy schedules, but try to take a few moments every day to sit and just
listen to your child. Also, let the child know when you are too busy to
listen to a story. Tell them that you need to make a call or finish
typing an email, but let them know that you will talk to them when you are
Another way to prepare your child for focusing in school is to start when
they are young before preschool or kindergarten. Start your child in a
routine. Give them set times for play but also incorporate times when
they need to sit with you while you read a book or times to sit and color.
This will help them when they are expected to follow a routine at school.
Younger kids also need to know about consequences. What happens when they
don't follow the rules? Make sure that you follow through with the
consequences that you lay out. Also make sure that you let your kids know
what to expect when a rule or direction is not followed. This will
prepare them for school since in many classrooms there are set rules and
expectations in place.
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"i have a kindergarten boy that is very bright, he knows his work but is
lazy when it comes to doing it. while at home i have to be right next to
him while doing it or his work will not be done correctly. i have
absolutly NO problem sitting with him but he does know how to do it when
explained to him like i always do. as soon as i sit with him it is done
right away. at shcool he is being lazy. he will not participate in class
when the class is told to come to the circle, he will lay on the bench or
under his chair. his teacher is wonderful and is working with me. she
would always have to give him a speacial invitation to come and join which
she should not have to do. when it comes to work in school he gets it
done asap and you cannot read it. we have taken away tv, video games and
toys and it does not seem to bother him. now the teacher is at the point
where it is disrtuptive to the class which i totally understan. the other
students are seeing him do this and wond!
ering why can 'he' do that and we can't. it is not acceptable and i
don't know what to do anymore. finally the teacher and i decided that if
he continues to act like this then he will not have free time or get to go
outside in school on that day. he will have to then sit inside and do
extra work. i asked if i could then have extra work for him to do at home
for that day. this is on a day to day basis. today it happened. he
knows all of this and fully understands it. he was good for one day. he
was proud of himself too. however the next day it happened. no free time
extra work at shcool and extra work for home per my request. i feel he
needs to know this behavior is not okay. he was on a playdate after
school and i called to see how it was going and the mom told me he had
extra work sent home with him. i told her i will be there in 10 mins. i
took away his playdate. i don't know what else to do. he understands
what is going on he just doesn't care. he is no!
t a mean kid or disrespectful by any means. the teacher even !
says he's great minus his 'laziness'. any suggestions?"
"i have a fifth grader that gazes off forgets what hes doing loses papers to and from school and does not do his homework or school work weve done tests on him @ the Dr's offices and had EEG's done what else can we do?"
"Just had meeting with my 5th graders teacher. He spends his time laughing at EVERYTHING, and is much more interested in everything going on around rather than learning. He forgets to turn in his homework. When he does his work it is most often incomplete - largely because he will read the first line or two of the instructions and not the complete. We are at wits end as to how to help him. Any direction will be greatly appreciated."
"My son is in 4th grade and having alot of problems staying on task. He has adhd. I had him on medication at on point and he was over medicated. He ended up getting hit by a truck while riding his bike. So I really don't want to go that way. I would just like a little advice on what I can do to help him. "
"I have an issue also with my daughter who's now in kindergarten. She is very good at home, and she can even read and do his brother's lessons who is now on in 1st grade. I got a note from the teacher today saying that she's observed a pattern on my daughter's behavior. She would say she has a tummy ache or headache right at the same time everyday- before a lesson starts. She would be okay before and after the lessons. I'm wondering if she gets bored because she's a bit advanced or she just couldn't focus yet. Please advise.
"I have an 8th grader who still finds it hard to focus. He can study and tell u what it is, but when he puts it on paper for quizes and test he blows it. He doesn't have ADD, but he doesn't focus very well. What can I do to help him better."
"I have a 3rd grader that is having a hard time in school. When he started school his teachers were amazed at how much he know. Sometimes I think I put him in to early (4yrs preschool)but like the teachers I thought he was ready.I have tryed reward charts at school and at home and it seems to work for a little while but then something happens and he gets side tracked somewhere I just don't know where.Foucing seems to be the problem. I'm running out of ideas. "
"This is a great response. We have tried this approach with both our kids and taking the one focal point at a time has helped greatly. Patience is a virtue and as parents we have to remember that."
"I have a 3rd grader who can not focus on school assignments. She has no behavioral problems; her mind just seems to drift. Could she be ADD? I have met with her teachers several times and they agree that she has trouble focusing but can not offer a solution. She has already been retained once. We can not afford to retain her again or she will be 19 or 20 by the time she graduates! Any help would be greatly appreciated."
"I have a 3rd grader who can't stay focused in school. A three minute assignment takes her 20 minutes. She knows how to do the work but her mind wonders. I am ready to pull my hair out. I can't yell anymore, it doesn't do any good. Rewards for good behavior don't work. Help!"
"I have a 4th grader who can not seem to focus. You can talk to her one on one and she seems to drift off somewhere else and will miss everything you are saying. I am trying to find exercises or something to help her learn to focus better. Any advice would be great. "
"Thanks I really enjoy reading the info I to have a step son in Kindergarten ,and he completely acts out in class as far as being sent home notes on a weekly number and spit on a nother child ,Hes not slow by NO means actually very smart but he has manipulated his father and natural Mother so much they tend to look at it as ecept him the way he is.I too have a kindergartner and they are in the same class and my son comes home daily to tell me how bad his step brother had been for the day.I dont know how to intervin ,there for I m looked apon as a nosy stepparent to the ex wife,But I have a 21 year old and now a 5 and 6 year old which all seem to thrive in school."
"This article really made sense to me. I do get a little bossy and tend to forget he is 3 and needs things step by step. 'Jacob please put your shoes away and on the way take your papers to the table, put your cup in the sink and push your chair in!!' "
"My kindergartener also has a hard time focusing on certain tasks and chores. When she is given a job to do and cannot focus on it I set a timer. Depending on the job, I'll put 5, 10, or 15 minutes on a kitchen timer and tell her she is being timed. She is rewarded for finishing early or on time and punished appropriatly for not. This method has worked wonders and saves my sanity daily!"