Many boys aren't ready for the rigors of academics until about age 7. By that time, in the Western world, they're already in 2nd grade...their 3rd year in school. It's tough for them. In some of the Scandinavian countries, compulsory, formal education starts at age 7. Then, there's England where children start schooling at age 4. I'll discuss this controversy (difference of opinion?) in another post because it merits its own "space".
Makes sense now, right?
When the working brain discharges energy through the musculature resulting in movement, that's psychomotor overflow. Everyone, everyone does it. Watch yourself. Do you pace when you're on the phone? Fidget with anything nearby when thinking? Tap your pencil? Chew on it? Twirl your hair? Pull on your mustache? Psychomotor overflow alert! Enough about us adults. I'm all about the kids.
1. The desk-seated
2. The floor-seated
3. The bed-seated
4. Standing up and writing on an alternative surface.
Let's talk about that alternative surface. The first time I saw a "standing desk" was in a business office. The "boss" had this antique, ornately carved English standing desk. If I could have gotten away with it, I swear, I would have bound and gagged him and run out the door with it. Bad for business, however. On to Plan B.
If they work 10-15 minutes on spelling, move to another position and work on math for 10-15 minutes, change position and venues and work on science for another period of time, they won't be as bored or frustrated.
Try it out. What have you got to lose? It's April. Not close enough to the end of school for them to feel a true break coming!
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