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rmd1985
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Help!  I'm at a loss with my 2ND grader!!!

My son just started 2ND grade.  He seems very disinterested in doing school work.  We had this problem last year also.  Trying to get him to do the simplest of things at home is like WW3!  He has an extremely great imagination with drawing, building, etc.  But, when it comes to things like reading, math, writing (all of those important things!) it's a fight to get him to do it.  This is causing him to fall behind in school and I'm not sure what else I can do?!  Please help!
In Topics: Motivation and achievement at school, Helping my child with school work and home work, Discipline and behavior challenges
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What the Expert Says:

There are some good tricks and techniques that parents of ADHD kids use to help their kids complete homework effectively.  Since all kids are a little ADHD somewhat, these same tips might work for your son.  Here is a list:

- Designate a daily homework time.  Don't make it too late in the evening.
- Designate a daily homework place where he can do his work and not be too distracted.
- Break the homework up into "bite size" chunks.  For example, if it would usually take 20 minutes to complete his homework, maybe break it in two.  Let him have a break at the 10 minute point.  Use a timer so that he knows when he can get up and take his break.
- Anticipate some of the things that usually interrupt him during homework time.  Give him a snack before he starts his work and recommend that he goes to the bathroom first (so he doesn't use that as an excuse in the middle of his work later.)  Make sure he has all the tools he needs to accomplish his assignments.
- Check in on him every so often to see how it's going.  Answer any questions he might have.  Let him know when he's doing a good job.  Positivity is always great!

We hope this helps a bit.  Good luck!

MKM, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
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CBrimmer
CBrimmer writes:
with math try getting him to guess the number of blocks it takes to make a tower 4 feet tall, then he can build it to find out. This will get estimation, measurement, and counting practice in. Then ask how many would it take to make 3 towers that tall, multiplication, or if the tower was only half as tall (more measurements and division or subtraction) add your own variations.

For writing ask if he can write down directions on how to build something, then help him build it based on the directions only.

For reading try getting him some simple models to build, have to read the instructions to figure it out,

You may have a budding architect!
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jbean83
jbean83 writes:
Try getting a tutor.  Sometimes a stranger has a different set of boundaries and your child will be more willing to work with them.
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kathyaze
kathyaze , Parent writes:
I know a person with the same problem, what she did to fix the problem?
She pick up her son from school directly to the library's children floor and stayed there for about an hour doing homework, the disn't have any alternative  nor distraction, so started focusing on his homework to go home soon.
Hope this will help you.
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