First grade homework ideas: learning to stay focused


School isn’t easy for everyone, so are made to withstand the pressures of it, and some aren’t.  But that doesn’t matter when a person is little.  First graders are just there, they don’t know if they are made for school or not.  They just know that they have to be there, and they have to be still and learn something.  Being still is not an easy task for these little guys. Kids aren’t able to stay still for as long as adult can.  Even adults need breaks; kids need them just as much and more frequently.

Being focused is a skill that has to be learned, taught and slowly gained.  For first graders they have been in school a year already, provided they weren’t in preschool, but that first years was the easy stuff, ABC’s and 123s, now they have to pay attention and think about the words and how the 123s and ABCs go together.

Having idea on how to help these little students stay focus is imperative for the student to learn how to focus.  Give them the proper skills of learning focus. The groundwork for these students to learn time management and other skills they will need as they grow both physically and academically.     Ideas:

  • Make it Fun: Kids are kids, not just machines that adults can make do what they want.  
  • So when it comes to learning how to stay focus if it’s a game, and something that the student wants to achieve it will make it easier for them.
  • Have a Reward: Making a child sit for any amount of time and focus on one thing is difficult, so if the child is able to do it, then they deserve a reward.  Give the child something for their work.
  • Praise the Child: Most children just needs some kind words spoken to them.  The students know that what they are doing is wrong, when they are, but they are rarely told when they are being good.  So when the child is praised as much as they are condemn they can feel good about their good behavior.
  • Use Short Time Frames:  While an older student may be able to sit for two or three hours at a time without a break, a younger student will not be able to do so.
  •  Give theses student short breaks every thirty minutes so that they will be able to learn how time is valued.  But they can still operate at a kid level.