For many parents, getting their child to sit still is difficult; let alone getting their child to do their schoolwork. While there are medical or psychological reasons a child could have trouble concentrating, such as ADHD or anxiety, most children have attention issues related to their age, environment, and habits. Luckily, there are things parents can do at home to help their child build their attention span and ability to concentrate. Age of Learning, creator of the popular children’s educational website ABCmouse, understands the difficulties parents and educators face while helping children to focus on activities that require concentration. In their development of ABCmouse, the Age of Learning staff worked closely with various early education experts to design a program that could attract and hold a children’s attention, keep them engaged, and make learning enjoyable. Below, Age of Learning will share multiple ways parents can help build children’s ability to concentrate and focus at home.
Play Focus Games with Your Child
Like most things, attention can be taught. It is a skill that must be practiced, and the best way to do that with kids is to do it with games. Parents can use concentration games that require memory and planning to help build attention. Crossword puzzles, card games that require memory such as ‘Uno’ and strategy games such as checkers are all excellent options to help develop memory. If your child is below the age of 5, sequencing games can be a great alternative to more complex board or card games.
Get Rid of Distractions
It can be difficult for a child to concentrate if a room is filled with objects they would rather play with or if there’s a TV nearby. Creating a space that is rid of distractions will greatly improve a child’s ability to concentrate. Any reachable materials, such as toys, bedtime books, and coloring pencils are best left outside the room; even family members or pets can make concentration difficult for a child. To create a conducive environment, play calming music for your child to help increase attention and keep auditory distractions at bay.
Allow Frequent Breaks
Whether you have asked your child to complete their chores, or they need to finish their homework, having your child take frequent breaks can help with their overall ability to pay attention to a task. While you can help build your child’s attention span, everyone needs breaks, and studies have found that breaks can actually restore motivation and help with the ability to maintain focus.