Can't sit still while doing math

Share everyday things like field trips, homeschooling experiences, or just anything that doesn't seem to belong elsewhere!

Moderators: Theodore, elliemaejune

Posts: 5
Joined: Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:19 pm

Can't sit still while doing math

Postby LadyJorexzill » Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:40 pm

I'm wondering how common or unusual this is. My 9 year old son can't sit still while working on his math. I'll look over while he's working on his math (we just switched to Saxon math, which he says is harder than Math Mammoth, which we were using before. He was doing this before the switch, though.) and he'll be standing on his chair or leaning it way over or something. He's not hurting himself or the furniture and is doing his math extremely well, with usually over a 90% accuracy rate on the first run through. The mistakes are always due to him hurrying on hurrying on a problem, and those have been dropping, so I usually only stop him when he's getting really crazy on his chair.

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.

Posts: 24
Joined: Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:50 pm
Location: Texas, USA

RE: Can't sit still while doing math

Postby RPascal206 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:51 am

Yes, he sounds very normal. I am the oldest of ten kids, and I have often observed that each child has his or her own learning style--some are way more active than others.

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! :D
The Lord has greatly blessed me: I am the oldest daughter of ten children, and I LOVE it!
My family's blog is:

Posts: 5
Joined: Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:19 pm

Postby LadyJorexzill » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:18 pm

That's about what I figured. I don't have much experience with boys learning, though, because I pretty much ignored how my brothers learned when we were growing up. We do have math ability in my family (my dad is an engineer) and he's always been good with numbers. I've never really thought of him as a genius, though. Who knows, though, right? My main thought is that he's enjoying his math and learning it well and that's always a good thing.

Thanks, again!

Posts: 20
Joined: Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:36 pm
Location: Upstate NY

Postby SuperGiaJ » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:59 am

I've seen it where some teachers allow their 'antsy' students to stand at their desk while working. For whatever reason it can alleviate the fiddling in the chair issue.
Gia Johansen - IT & Education MatchMaker :-) Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Posts: 10
Joined: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:14 pm
Location: Texas

Postby cindyg » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:19 pm

My son does not sit still during any school work. I use to get very frustrated with him and then I realized that when I make him sit still and be quite, it is harder for him to concentrate but when he is moving all around he can actually tell his dad what he learned that day! I think it is normal for kids that age to want to move around.
Cindy Grayson
Mom to: John age 11 and Candice age 19
Save Money on Your Entire Families Medical Costs

Posts: 6
Joined: Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:25 pm

Postby Mima » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:51 pm

I know a homeschooling mom (who just happens to be a former schoolteacher) who got her young son one of those big exercise balls to sit on while doing his schoolwork. He can bounce to his heart's content. It works great!

Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:20 am
Location: Los Angeles

Postby Rosalind19 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:52 am

My daughter hates numbers and anything to do with Math so much that she simply gives up on even the simplest of sums and that too right at the very beginning itself. To some point, I can understand how she feels since I had a sort of a math-phobia myself when I was in elementary school and had this sort of firm conviction in myself that Math was simply not meant for me, it was beyond me. Thankfully, I had this super-awesome teacher in middle school who just turned things around and I started loving the subject.

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! :)
A stay-at-home homeschooler mum to a boy and a girl, both under ten.

Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:15 am

Re: Can't sit still while doing math

Postby hannahsmith » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:32 am

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 ( 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!

Return to “Homeschool Parents / Off-Topic”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests