I asked my 11-year-old, who is also prone to "daydreaming" as he calls it. Of course, I expect more of a 5th grader than a 2nd grader...tkkmommy wrote:This is our 1st year hs and with adventures. My son has a hard time staying focused when I read to him especially when we are reading "Exploring American History." I think that the reading is very well laid out, but maybe some of the readings are too lengthy for him.
My question is ~ should i just read ahead of time and write up a summary to read to him, or is there a different way to approach this so that he doesn't get lost in the reading? I do let him know ahead of time that there will be ?'s afterward, but this doesn't seem to matter most days.
If we could overcome this hurdle, I think that our whole hs experience would be much nicer! Thanks,
1. Ask him questions about every 5 minutes. If he can't tell you what you just read, then you have to read it over.
2. Tossing a ball helps me -- some kind of squishy thing or something you can toss up. Instead of just sitting there dreaming.
3. If he can move around a little bit (not running, jumping, or making noises), like lying on the floor, then he can listen.
4. Sometimes make him sit on the couch right next to you (if he doesn't have a ball). Look at the book together.
5. Coloring while you read. [Ds does not like coloring per se, but he did work on several mosaics as we read about ancient Rome.]
6. Take breaks & do some phy ed.
7. Making pages helps to remember it later.