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1st grade behavior issues...suggestions?

my son has been in school for a month now and keeps getting in trouble for calling out and talking when he shouldn't be. he's also daydreaming when he should be working. our school uses the color behavior chart (green, yellow, orange, blue, red). monday he was on blue, yesterday orange. i have taken tv, computer, video game priviledges. last night i made him do homework until dinner time, even gave him extra when he finished what was assigned. nothing i'm doing seems to be curbing this behavior. suggestions?


Asked by travzmom at 10:43 AM on Sep. 22, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Sounds like he is either bored or needs more active time or both. Make sure he's getting plenty of sleep and running around time. You didn't mention that he wasn't getting his homework done or not understanding the work, so why give him more work. Instead, see how many jumping jacks he can do, or make him go outside and kick a ball around.

    Also, talk to the teacher, see what he/she suggests. Lots of 6 year old boys are like that. It's hard to sit still and control your impulses. Let him know he's not bad, but he needs to work on his behavior. Keep it positive. There are lots of great positive parenting books. See here:

    Answer by mellonhead at 10:52 AM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • i know he is bored in class, mostly because they are still reviewing what they learned in K.
    he gets 11 hrs of sleep every night.
    he has never been a very active child. he can't walk through the grocery store without wanting to sit down 20 times. he plays soccer and his worst days at school are days after he's been active. it's like he's lazier than usual.
    i give him more work to help teach him to focus on the work and to help fill his time since he wasn't allowed to watch tv.

    Comment by travzmom (original poster) at 11:02 AM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • Have you talked to his Dr about him not being very active and how he is when he is active?
    I would find out how much longer they are going to review what they already should know. It may be his way of learning is different then the way that is taught in school.
    How was he last year?

    Answer by tazdvl at 2:55 PM on Sep. 22, 2010