SCHOOL FOR PARENTS: How to improve the child's concentration capacity.
If you often have to say to your child, "Focus!" Because right now the child is looking anywhere, but not in his notebook. He gets nervous in a chair and plays with a pencil. Continue to draw their attention to the exercise and repeat "Pay attention!", But at some point your patience comes to an end.
How is it that a child listens when you read his favorite books, listens to his swimming teacher, when they tell him the correct movement of his hands, but during classes with you ... they lead you to despair?
Concentration of attention should be coordinated with the context as well as with the time of day (for example, is it the first task in the morning, in the middle of the day, before daytime sleep or before nighttime sleep?) . Parents themselves may notice a change in the child's concentration during the day. Attention span is elastic.
Pay attention to get attention
The amount of attention a child pays to a task also depends on how much he likes the task. Many children resist when asked to do what they don't want to do. In fact, the first time you introduce a child to an activity that is more important to you than it is to him, he tests his creativity and flexibility as a parent and teacher.
When children enter the first grade of school, many parents begin to fight for their attention, because children have to perform more structured, repetitive and academic tasks.
However, their interests often clash. For example, after lunch, you want the child to start writing words in dashed lines, and he wants to play cars on the living room floor. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. The car game motivates children well.
Creativity can help make boring activities fun.
Instead of insisting that your child write the letter "A" in pencil in his notebook, you can ask him to write it in chalk, sculpt it with modeling clay, dough, or even paint it on a large sheet of paper.
The appearance of a workbook can overwhelm children. Better make up your own primer. Cut newspaper or magazine pictures of objects that start with the letter "A", or leaf through magazines with your child and look for the letter "A" there. Line up the letter "A" on the cubes.
These classes help develop fine motor skills and are much more interesting. Even "Guess the Word" games, board games, and memory games can help increase a child's attention.
Parents themselves should notice interesting little details in their environment to show the child how to pay attention to them. During the walk, parents can stop and show the colors of the plants they see, or talk about the shape of the stones, etc.
To attract the child's attention, parents must be able to focus. Parents sometimes get caught up in a routine, and their attention is often scattered. But if our attention is scattered and we cannot force ourselves to focus, we should not expect this from the child.
The best way to get your child to focus is to be physically close to him.
By staying close to them, clear and concise instructions help children focus better on what is being said to them.
Don't shout your requests from the kitchen to the living room. Come over and look at your child, make eye contact with him, come down to eye level or touch his shoulder and say, "I want you to do this now."
Or stop, look at the child and say: “Maria, look at me. What should you do now He will reply, "Read." After that, say, "Really show me you know what to do."
Exercises to improve the child's concentration
• Find a space suitable for the activity you are going to do.
• Prepare in advance what is going to be needed.
• Underline, sketch and summarize.
• Set short-term goals.
• Increase motivation with positive comments.
How to reduce distractions
Parents should also know what prevents the child from concentrating. Maybe you are hungry or tired? To overcome hunger or fatigue, give your child a bite before starting homework or any other structured task. Make the snack healthy, don't overload it with sugar and cholesterol. Whole-grain crackers, a raw vegetable salad with low-fat dressing, yogurt, a banana, or an apple are helpful.
Sleeping well is also very important, so make sure your child gets enough rest. When children return home from a daycare or school, they also need a short break. Everyone needs a break. It helps us unite and focus. If children are not resting and are overloaded, they can ask to rest with the help of their behavior. That is, they can go against our rules or requirements.
If your brothers or sisters are distracted, have them sit in separate rooms. A parent's strategy may be to create an organized but separate work regime. For example, while one child plays the piano in the living room, another child can do homework in the children's room, or a snack in the kitchen, and the other child reads in a secluded corner of the living room.
This strategy works well because it allows parents to pay attention to each child separately. Often, the activities of all the children in a room become chaotic and counterproductive. After the children spend the whole day in the classroom, they want their mother to give them personalized attention.