Young children often have difficulty concentrating, paying attention and getting settled.
They may have trouble learning to read, write or do math.
Organization may be a challenge.
Tips for the First Three Weeks
It often takes time for young children to learn the “school game.” They are restless and unable to adjust to the new classroom environment. Practice for this by playing different concentration games – even make a game out of sitting still or not moving. Time each other and try to make each other move or laugh, etc. Parents should play these games with pupils.
The primary grades are for the teaching of basic academic skills, such as reading, writing and math. Students graduating from Grade 3 should already be reading fluently, writing without spelling mistakes and understanding basic math concepts.
While planning is not essential in these grades, it is an excellent low-pressure time to introduce these skills. Kids will love having their own planners and will enjoy writing down their different activities. Begin by entering personal activities in the planner – soccer games, dance classes, birthday parties.
Tips for the Second Three Weeks
Play games such as Parcheesi and Concentration to help continue in the development of concentration skills.
Begin to break words into syllables and play listening games. Practice sounding out words as you read with your children every evening. Don’t just read stories, play with them, and discuss them. Who did what? Why? What could have been different? Be silly! Enjoy! Have fun!
As teachers assign reading, projects or homework, enter the work into the planner. By the time your little student is in the senior grades, time management problems will be a thing of the past.