In general it is important to create a clear demarcation between “work” and “play”. Put aside say 30 mins each day for homework, consult with is his teacher regarding what is appropriate. Explain to your child that this is time to do homework and do what he can in that time. Even if he does very little in the allocated time, remember to encourage and say something like “well done, tomorrow we will try again and perhaps do a little more”…. After the 30 mins close the book and encourage some play time. I think at his age it is important to make yourself available to him. Perhaps your presence and at times assistance will be helpful.
When reading a book, how about he reads one paragraph and then you read one paragraph…..this could help him in focusing on the content of the story not just the “reading”. At the end of the book ask him some specific questions about the story you have just read together. This collaboration can be enjoyable for you both and aid his concentration. If you are concerned he has a specific problem with comprehension then discuss with his teacher and gain feedback regarding whether he requires specific reading instruction (that is, tutor) or otherwise an assessment with a clinical psychologist to identify whether he requires some help in building his confidence and motivation with school work.
Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist.
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