The two pictures below are beautiful and are great pictures of focus and concentration. The tongue hanging to the side of one child’s lip and the other not concerned at all by her friend watching her is priceless. In order to succeed or accomplish goals in life, one must be able to concentrate on the task. The task could be something that could be accomplished within an hour or it could take years. However long it takes to achieve, one must be able to keep a clear mind on the goal. From time to time, especially during teacher/parent conference, parents ask me, “What can I do to help build my child’s focus and concentration ability?” Of course, as you can see in the pictures, it is easy to concentration on doing something you have high interest in at that moment. We see it in my classroom most of the day. It is also normal for concentration levels to last long and short throughout the day. Children are curious, adventurous, and lots of energy. So, I am not surprised when their focus vanishes or, should I say, changed to something else. But, how can parents achieve the same outcome at home or enhance their child’s focus at school or even turn this natural instinct into a lifelong skill? I would like to share with you a link to a short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFIiW5BQP00) on how to improve your child’s concentration and also four thoughts of my own, that may or may not be in the video. I believe you will find these tips helpful for you and your child.
Tips to Improve Concentration
Before starting a new task, inform your child a few minutes before time so he can understand that he is about to stop doing what he is doing at the moment and change to something different. This should cause a smooth transition from one task to another and help them to give better attention to the new task.
Prepare your child to get a good night sleep each night. Some doctors suggest children 3 – 6 years old should get ten to twelve hours of sleep and 7 - 12 years old, ten to eleven hours each night.
Allow your children to play, play, play. Not only are children learning as they are playing but they are releasing any anxiety or stress they may have. We all need to remember to do that.
Play board and card games with your child. The challenge will help him think about what move to make next during the game in order to win.