My kindergartner is 5 (and a half- her b-day is in August). Is it typical for kids this age to be so distracted? Sophie got her report card home on Friday, and the teacher commented (again, she mentioned it last quarter too): "I do continue to see Sophia needing many reminders to focus and stay on task. At times, she does require extra time to complete seatwork. I will keep you updated on this area as we progress."
During Parent-Teacher conferences in the fall, she said that most of the other kids in the class are what she calls "head-swivelers" they are looking at this, that and the other thing, pretty much distracted by noises, the other kids, the view out the windows, whatever. But she said Sophie isn't a head-swiveler, she's distracted by herself, it's internal.
Is this common at this age, or is this a sign of something else? Sophie is so active, so busy all the time. We are constantly telling her to pay attention, she gets distracted and will literally walk into walls because she's off in her own world. She's extremely social, the teacher also commented that she's friends with everyone in class, but she said her socializing doesn't keep her from her work. I'm just not sure when and if I need to contact her doctor.
Her PreK teacher mentioned it last year, and chalked her distracted behavior to her not sleeping well. Sophie was a sleepwalker and has SERIOUSLY never slept through the night. She takes melatonin at night to fall asleep (at her doc's recommendation), or else she'd be up until midnight, even if she had been awake since 6am. Her PreK teacher said that her focus was a little better, but that Sophie was very immature for her age, so that may be a contributing factor as well. Her kindergarten teacher hasn't brought up immaturity at all.
Have you dealt with this? What can I do to help her focus? Should I be concerned?