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April 28th, 2008, 01:48 PM
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My 1st grader Ezra absolutly refuses to do any work I put in front of him that is reading,writting,language,spelling etc BUT if I put math in front of him he buzzes through it perfectly and even answers his 2nd and 3rd grade brothers problems.....He will throw a HUGE tantrum if I give him ANYTHING but math!!! What do I do?!?!?!?
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April 28th, 2008, 02:32 PM
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Tell him his behavior is not acceptable and he has to do ALL his work, not just math. Then you might want to see if the language arts is above his level, below his level, or if whatever you are using does not mesh with his learning style. I'd also let him do as much math as he wants as fast as he wants, but only if he does his language arts, too.
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April 28th, 2008, 02:41 PM
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ya....you may have to bribe him with math.....
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April 28th, 2008, 03:55 PM
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My homeschooling friend has a son like this. She has found ways to incorporate reading, spelling, etc. into games. Active ones. Of course he will have to do some of the sit down work, but it is something to try. What is great is you can look around and don't have to get stuck with the same thing that doesn't work. Good luck!
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April 28th, 2008, 04:10 PM
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Oh he is a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have one who had to really mature before he liked anything other than art, music and math/science. But they are still his favorites.

Be patient...that is the first step.

Give him enough breaks.

Make it as fun as possible.

And sit him down and talk to him about how this is something he will have to work on liking...but that he has to do it. It is your responsibility and his. And that everything can't just be what he wants.

You will learn what works and doesn't. And he will learn to like it and do it.

But yes make sure that it is on his level. And look at why math is so fun for him.
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April 28th, 2008, 04:28 PM
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I would look to see if there are other ways the material could be covered such as oraly, typed or through games. Then when it came to pencil work he just has to do I would leave the area to keep my own cool and make him sit there untill he does it.
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April 28th, 2008, 08:37 PM
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Thanks ladies.......he always says he isn't smart and "can't" do it! I explain to him that it is ok to not get it right away and point how strong he is in math and how smart he really is......I think it is just since math comes so easy and the others dont that he thinks he isn't smart in it so why try........I have read a lot that this seems to be normal for a boy his age and they usually dont get intersted in reading writing language and such till after their 7th year which he will be in July........so we will see what happens next year...my husband and I have decided to give him word problems and see if that helps. I knew he was going to be one I was ggoing to need to be VERY creative with but really had no idea HOW creative I was going to have to get!
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April 28th, 2008, 10:26 PM
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Also giving him a math problem and ask him to write a word problem, That will help with writing and spelling.
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April 29th, 2008, 07:25 AM
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Thanks that is a great idea!
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May 13th, 2008, 02:39 PM
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I also found a HUGE change in my oldest when I started saying things like:
"Oh, I can tell you are working hard."
"That hard work is showing up in your papers."

Instead of:
"But your so smart."
"Your perfect."
etc.

I have found that he just can't handle not being perfect and I was making him feel like a failure if he did fail. Now he knows he can try something and not be perfect. This makes him want to try again later.
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