Anxiety over your child’s school-based problems can start very early. A mom recently contacted me after reading The Shut-Down Learner.
“My son is drowning in school. Do you think he could be a shut-down learner?”
After asking a few more questions, I was struck by the fact that the child in question was only five and in kindergarten.
When I wrote the Shut-Down Learner I was largely envisioning a disconnected, shut-down adolescent.
However, as I gave more talks to the parents, so many of the concerns being raised involved young children.
To help explain things to parents I created a formula:
Early Cracks in the Foundation + Time + Lack of Understanding + Widening cracks + Family tensions increasing = Shut Down Learner
So, while the child of concern may only be in kindergarten there are cracks that can be identified. Time goes by quickly and with a lack of understanding how to address them, they widen with family tensions arising around the school issues.
There’s no gain in waiting. Do what you can to fill the cracks.
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