How can I help my child learn to pay better attention to instructions and concentrate on his work?
October 16, 2007 10:42 AM Subscribe
How can I help my child learn to pay better attention to instructions and concentrate on his work, without turning him into a perfectionist?
posted by greenmagnet to Education (28 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 6-year-old son, in first grade, who is very bright. He has no trouble at all with doing his schoolwork - when he pays attention. He ends up with a lot of 100% papers, but several 60-80% papers, even though he knows how to do all the work.
The problem is that he's not being careful to read all the instructions; when there are, say, three things to do on one part of a worksheet, he tends to do the first one or two and forget the rest. Or, he'll assume he knows what to do, and do something that isn't what the instructions say to do.
My question is how I can help him do better. I'm currently taking the approach of having him redo the papers where he had significant problems, so he has some consequences for his carelessness, and trying to teach him that it's just as important to pay attention to the instructions as it is to know how to do the work.
Also, I'm trying to avoid the other extreme of turning him into a perfectionist that is devastated if he makes a mistake. I want him to do his best, pay attention, but understand that everyone makes mistakes sometimes.
I'm wondering if this is a good general approach that will just take some time, or if any of you have suggestions based on your own experience with this kind of thing. Thanks in advance!