We know that the ability to focus on a task is a very important aspect of learning. Yet, concentration often poses a challenge for young children. Here’s how you can help. By Sam Toweel-Moore
Start a creative project
Tasks that require ongoing effort provide an opportunity to improve concentration. Ensure that the project allows self-expression and revolves around your child’s area of interest – beadwork or sculpting his favourite animal, for example.
Listen and re-tell audio stories or nursery rhymes
Arrange a quiet place for your child to listen to the recording and make sure he’s comfortable. Encourage him to listen carefully to the rhyme and story. Stop the recording and ask him to tell you what he heard. Once he successfully masters a certain length of story three times, add another minute before you ask him to recall.
Introduce a pet that your child can wash and brush regularly or let him help you was your car. This act of caring for something engages his concentration in a fun way.
Games and play pump oxygen to your child’s brain, which boosts concentration. Jumping, hanging and stretching activities help your child’s body to gain the muscle tone it needs to keep an upright posture. You’ll notice less slouching at the desk. The brain is as its most alert when the body is upright.
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