Improving children concentration

5 Surefire Tips To Improve Your Child’s Concentration and Attention Span

Are you worried that your child will not be able to concentrate on what is being taught in primary school? Or even now while they are in preschool?
Here is the good news. Concentration is like a muscle; with targeted exercises and practice, it can be developed. There are tried and tested methods to help improve a child’s focus and attention, which are crucial skills they need as they grow older and have to cope with increasing academic demands in school and extracurricular activities.
With these skills, your child can become the independent, curious, and confident learner that every parent wants to raise.
In this article, we provide 5 surefire tips on how to build your child’s concentration muscle, and stretch their attention span.

1) Reduce distractions

Start by setting your child up for success, not failure. When it comes to study time and building good study habits, make sure your child has a clean work-desk, with minimal distractions.
You can play soft music if you think your child works better with some background noise, but ensure that the TV and other gadgets remain out of sight.

2) Break down a task into smaller chunks

Children often respond well when they are given tasks incrementally and they know what to do first, and the steps required after. Don’t overwhelm them by giving a huge task, such as “clean up your room” or “finish this whole pile of worksheets.”
Plan and sequence your child’s work systematically for them. You may find that homework time becomes a lot more pleasant when your child feels a sense of progress upon the completion of each task.
For example, you can say to them, “You have a Math worksheet to complete by tomorrow. I see that there are 3 pages, so shall we work on the first page, which is MCQ? After that, we can tackle the word problems.”
You can do this with everyday activities as well, such as following a recipe to make pancakes, or planning for an outdoor camping trip.

3) Incorporate planned breaks

Kids need to move around, shake their bodies, and do something different (or relaxing) after a period of concentration.
Understanding this, you can help to break up homework time by building in some “movement breaks,” which are breaks designed to get them moving and help them stay alert and focused. Some easy ideas could be a 2-minute stretching exercise, bouncing on an exercise ball, or simply walking to the kitchen to prepare themselves a cracker snack.

4) Play thinking games

What? Play games? Most parents would stare incredulously when we break this news to them. But games are an amazing way to engage children and stealthily hone their ability to concentrate at the same time – particularly games that allow us to think and plan.
Some good examples are jigsaw puzzles, bingo, and card games like Uno and memory games.
For younger children, select games that use pictures, for example pictures that require you to circle odd or out-of-place objects, or “Spot-the-difference.”

5) Set and work towards an end goal

When your child struggles with a subject or task, it can be hard to muster the motivation needed to complete it.
It’s thus important that each task is set at an appropriate level of difficulty, such that it is not out-of-reach, nor is it brain-numbingly simple.
Say your child is struggling with Chinese. Help her set a realistic and measurable goal: I want to be able to finish two Chinese books every week. (Which translates to roughly 8 books a month.)
You can work together with your child to set aside time daily to work towards this goal. Help her achieve success by supporting her and not belittling her efforts. Call her attention to the goal that she has set for herself, and help her to see that every single bit of effort, even just 5 minutes of reading, counts.

Conclusion

With regular time and practice dedicated to the above ideas, your child should be able to grow in his ability to pay attention and concentrate. It is one of the core essential skills your child needs in order to truly succeed in life and learning, so it’s definitely worth pursuing.
At The Little Executive, attention and concentration are just two of the core skills that our programme is designed to build and hone in young children. We also focus on developing strong learning habits in our learners, and encourage them to communicate and express themselves well.
To find out more about our research-based curriculum, call 6908-1889 or email us at [email protected].