• Lyman A. Montgomery, MBA

Teaching Kids to Focus


Teaching Kids to Focus

I’ve been through a lot of Parent Teacher Meetings at schools. To my surprise, one constant complaint which continues to pop up in every meeting is how worried the parents are about their kids’ lack of concentration. According to my perception, there is no deficiency in parents’ efforts. It is basically the way they make these efforts. Thus, there is a technical flaw.

Focusing is all about mindfulness. This comes with a number of benefits, both mental and physical. Mostly, we overlook the importance of physical and mental exercises in the child’s performance and focusing ability. A constant stress about work renders a child unable to perform as he’s not well-trained to multi-task in that way. So, you’ll first have to teach your kid how to focus and then make him concentrate.

Let’s talk about how you can teach your kids to focus on their task in order to improve their educational performance and health.

Minimize Visual Distractions

Visual distractions are today’s biggest problem. You need to do something about this villain before doing anything else. However, you cannot just blame the surroundings. At times, the task is too difficult to be dealt by the kid’s inexperienced brain. Therefore, you’ll have to deal with both the kind of problem and the visual distractions if you want your kid to be completely focused.

Divide the task into smaller and more manageable ones

This is another effective way of helping your kid solve challenging tasks. Divide the complete task into parts and then proceed step by step. This will allow the child to develop a proper understanding of the task and help establish focus. Here, you can’t deny the fact that being unable to absorb the tasks also reduces the child’s interest in it.

Take out time for break

A relaxed mind has a better and efficient performance. Instead of saturating your kid’s mind with too much information at a time, it is better that you feed them gradually. This allows better retention. So, out of an hour, keep 15 minutes for a physical break and the remaining 45 minutes for efficient problem-solving.

Take help of Memory Games

“Memory games” is a very interesting way to boot up your child’s focusing ability and that, too, in a fun way. These prepare your child mentally to cope up with a real challenge when it comes in their way. Therefore, school management should put their efforts in planning such kind of games, either physical or mental which eventually boost child’s mental health and performance.

Remember that children have a good learning capacity and therefore they learn to cope up with the environment better than the ones older than them. However, the only trick here is the way you teach your child. “Conditional learning” is a scientifically proven method of learning according to which an individual learns and responds better when he/she from practical situations rather than just processing it mentally. Therefore, more the visual inputs, greater will be the output!

References

http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2016/01/tips-helping-child-focus-concentrate/

https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/7-ways-increase-students-attention-span


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