Recently (some time in the last few days), you wrote a fairly long post about working with our children on their attention to a subject. You gave a very specific scenario of how it might look. I tried to find the post to respond to this there, but couldn't locate it.
Sooooo, I wanted to post here and let you know that I tried it with my "dreamer," and it worked. OK, so I have to consistently do it for a while before I see true results. BUT the child actually finished his math in 15 minutes. On his good days I know he's capable of it, but lately (maybe because it's summer) he's been off in la la land. So I sat him down and explained how I wanted him to pay attention. The first time he started to stare out the window, I gently pulled the page away and asked him to switch the laundry around. He came back and dove right into the other problems. Then, in the middle of working on one of them, he stopped and looked at me and said... "Can I watch the Olympics when they start?" :) So, I pulled the paper away again and sent him on another chore. He returned, buckled down and finished the sheet. He got them all right and even with the chores, he finished in 15 minutes. AND I didn't have to nag him or get frustrated with him.
All of this is to say---THANK YOU!!! I seriously wonder some days if I'm ruining my kiddos forever. But you ladies and your kindness encourage me to no end.