Does anyone else on here have a child who does this? Like I said, I usually don't even say anything, unless he falls out of his chair or looks like he's doing something dangerous. I figure he needs to do it to work through his math.
The way I see it, you should continue to encourage your child to learn in a method that best suits him. Think about it, 90% success rate--that is VERY good!
To me, it sounds like you have a little Carl Friedrich Gauss--one of the worlds greatest child prodigies and mathematicians--in your hands!
Keep up the good job, and God bless!
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When my daughter begins to get restless while solving math, on the pretext of giving her a break, I call her into the kitchen and give her her favorite cookie to munch on. And then, our special 'cookie game' starts - wherein she needs to count how many cookies are remaining in the jar each time she takes out one (I make sure the jar is transparent and small so that the cookies can be counted by looking at them from outside). Also, whenever I am in the process of baking cookies, she loves counting how many there are in the tray, back and forth (that is primarily how I started teaching her the multiplication tables).
Your son is pretty old for these types of activities but I'm pretty sure there would be some fun activities in math you could use to get him to enjoy doing stuff. If that doesn't work out, here's a way you could make do with his short attention span; give him a cookie/chocolate treat every time he does the stipulated number of problems correctly, so he knows he is going to get a treat from mommy every time. I'm sure you'll have a better time and he'll do his sums at double the speed!
LadyJorexzill wrote:Does anyone else on here have a child who does this? Like I said, I usually don't even say anything, unless he falls out of his chair or looks like he's doing something dangerous. I figure he needs to do it to work through his math.
That's perfectly normal for a kid his age - he still does his work, right? I think that kids have so much energy flowing through them that it's hard for them to be still for that long. If my son is distracted, I allow him to play math games online on Knowledge Adventure (http://www.knowledgeadventure.com). I used to play their CD games as a kid and so I trust that they have education at their heart. Sometimes we go out for a short walk and then come back and he's fine.
But if your son is fidgeting or restless but still working on his lesson, then try changing the seat - higher tables so they can stand up, exercise ball seats, bean bags are a great idea.
Hope this helps!
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