As Children grow and learn, we often forget the expectations we set for them may be intimidating at times. This is when we need to measure our limits with them. No, I don't mean just throw your papers in the air and give up on them. All I want you to know is that children do have struggles, just like adults. They are just not always capable of explaining it in the way that older people do. Try taking baby steps to reach larger goals.
For instance, one of my youngest nephews is preparing for kindergarten. Instead of handing him 5 books and yelling at him to read, I prepared a sheet with dotted lined words for him to trace over and practice. Basic, simple terms such as cat, dog and bird with corresponding sounds. If you can get a child to open their mind to the simplicity of education, that is where they will yearn to grow. As I have stated to many of my friends, some testing and books are overwhelming and we must implement a stricter age compliant ruling on what we are teaching them. Many children become frustrated and lash out by throwing tantrums because they feel they can't get their point across any other way.
In my experience, once a kid gets fed up with what they are doing, that means its break time. If you are helping your child at home, try preparing healthy snacks to keep them fueled. Carrots and ranch, apple slices, ants on a log, boiled eggs, etc. These are relatively moderately priced snacks and will give your child the energy they need to continue in their studies and succeed. Also, include stretching routines at home. My niece and I have done yoga together and laughed hysterically because it made us feel better.
Most schools have art classes, P.E. and snack breaks for a reason. Try doing this at home as best as you can. Sit down and decipher what your child is most interested in before you go head first into a 12 chapter book. If you take the time to find out what they enjoy, your showing them that you truly do care about their future. There is nothing wrong with a super focus, as long as they are learning. Lets say your kid loves balloons, head over to a book store and get a book about balloons. Even if it just has pictures you can teach colors and counting techniques. Also, introduce your child to a balloon artist, clown, etc.
All in all, what I want families to see is that children are the future. They will learn a lot from what they see around them. So teach them fairness, honesty and an emphasis on concentration and they will go far. Just remember, little minds start small and take time to grow. Its not a head game, it really is all about the learning curve. Take your time and your child will appreciate you more and the outcome will be tremendous.