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[JAN. 3, 2007]
Q: What do you do
about a child who is always bored? My daughter is in third grade.
She's always been a good student but seems to have lost interest in
school this year. She pays attention in class and does her homework
but comes home every day complaining that she's bored. What can I do
to help her improve her attitude about school?
It appears that you have a very bright
child -- and you are learning how important it is to keep her
challenged! A child who finds school boring because she already
knows the material, or because the work comes too easily to her, may
sometimes see grades and attitude drop, even though her ability
level is high.
Make an appointment with your daughter's teacher. Explain the
behavior you see at home. Ask what the teacher has observed in
class. Together, determine steps you can take to help your daughter
be more challenged by her schoolwork and keep her excited about
For example, if the rest of the class is reading a book your
daughter has already read, maybe she could read another book with a
similar theme. Can your daughter work ahead? Or, can she do an
extra, in-depth project about what the class is learning? Ask if
your daughter might qualify for a special program for academically
There are things you can do at home to strengthen your daughter's
interest in what she is learning at school and to make learning fun
and challenging. Consider the following:
daughter have any special interests? Build on them. Does she
like animals? Visit the zoo or an animal shelter. After your
visit, have her write a story about one of the animals. She
could also do research on an animal or find photos that she
could add to her story. Send her story to grandparents for a
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Does she like
to help out in the kitchen? Try out new recipes. Have her
double or halve the measurements of ingredients.
Read with her
and let her read to you. Take turns reading aloud. Use the
newspaper as a learning tool. Help her read the weather report.
Ask her to read the comics to you. Look to see if your paper has
a special children's page.
You may also want to look for out-of-school learning
opportunities. Your daughter may be bored in school but may thrive
in an after-school art course or a computer class. Encourage her
interests and talents, and make sure she doesn't think she is loved
for her achievements alone.
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