How To Help Your Child Stay Focused
Are you a parent who has been finding that your child is having difficulty staying focused on tasks at school and at home? Is your child quickly changing interest in the tasks that he/she is supposed to be doing? Or is your child getting distracted easily with the noise, people, or objects around them? Staying focused in school is a difficult task for many young students. There are ways to learn to grow into concentration skills. Kempenfelt Bay School strives to continue teaching students how to improve concentration and staying focused on the task at hand. Here are a few tips on how to get your child excited about school work and home life tasks.
Observe Your Child’s Concentration Abilities
Try not to jump the gun with your child’s focusing discrepancies! Every child is different and needs individual assessments. Try taking a week to observe the behaviour of your child. Take notes to ensure that you can see patterns and the rhythm of your child’s difficulties. After the week is over look at your notes to focus yourself on the areas your child is distracted most. Are they distracted when their siblings are around? Are they fidgety working on the kitchen table? Are they having difficulty staying focused on their math problems?
Sometimes finding solutions to each individual child may be difficult. If your child is distracted by classmates or siblings try separating them into individual seating or different homework areas. If your child is not able to stay focused while doing their homework at the kitchen table perhaps try having your child create their own workspace. If they take part in creating their own environment, they may want to stay sitting longer. Math problems in their notebook may be boring to your child. Try finding a chalk or white board that they can write on to solve the problems. Make your child’s environment engaging for them to stay focused longer.
Be sure to understand that you must recognize their concentration limits. Try using the age rule to determine how long your child will stay fully concentrated. If your child is 5 years old, they may only pay full attention for 5 minutes. If your child is 10 years old, they may only pay attention for 10 full minutes before losing focus. It is noteworthy to repeat that each child learns independently and may stay focused for shorter or longer.
1. Less Screen Time = Staying Focused
While we move further into a technological era we need to ensure, as parents, that we monitor our children’s screen time. Technology is important for visual and spatial recognition, but you want to make sure there is a balance. Reward your child for completing their task and give them screen time. When the tablets, T.V, and computers are off, your child will have an easier time staying focused on their task.
2. Setting Goals and Timers for Focus
If you are finding your child is having difficulty completing homework or household tasks try helping them set goals. This will give them the push they need to stay motivated and on tasks. Break down the goals into manageable steps so that your child can see success along the way. A fun way to have your child stay focused on homework is setting a timer. Set a timer next to your child while they do their homework. When the timer rings your child will know that it is time for a break. This will drive focus and teach your child time management.
3. If You Are Focused, Your Child Stays Focused
As parents, we all need to understand the role we are given. Our children model after us and what we do, our children will mimic. If after you come home from work and immediately sit in front of the television, your child will imitate this behaviour. Instead try coming home (even after a long day) and staying active with your child. Whether that means cooking together, doing work in the home office together, or even playing a game of cards. This will teach your child that through routine, focus can be learned.
A fun way to incorporate your child into your at home work life is to share offices. Have a desk set up in your home office for your child to do their homework at. This will be a fun, engaging way you can work together towards common goals.
4. Children Learn By Playing
If your child is having difficulty sitting at the kitchen table doing homework then this is sure to help. Incorporate interactive games and puzzles in their day to day lives in order to increase levels of concentration. Children learn by playing. Take a break in between their homework to play a fast game of Uno or Memory Match. These games not only break up the boring homework routine, but they increase concentration with words, numbers and pictures.
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5. Understand How Your Child Learns
This is one of the most important factors of how to understand what style of learning best suits your child’s needs. If your child is a visual learner try incorporating a white board or chalk board into their homework routine. This will encourage them to stay on task because it is what they enjoy doing. Perhaps your child is an auditory learner. Try reading out loud to your child or listening to education music to keep them engaged. It is important to understand how your child learns in order to maintain their attention. If you are unsure of how your child learns check out how to Identify Your Childs Primary Learning Style.
Our students at KBS all have individual needs and learn independently from one another. Try a few of these fun and engaging ways to keep your child staying focused. You are sure to see results with these helpful tips!