Focus is like a muscle that requires regular exercise for strength. Some children are born “stronger” than others, but all children can learn strategies and engage in practices that help improve their ability to focus and sustain their attention. Many kids concentrate on positive, and intrinsically enjoyable activities outside school experience that add to their knowledge. It is the ones that are more repetitive, more stringent, or just less fun, that test their attention. However, this ability to focus and maintain awareness of all kinds of tasks is essential, as it helps children learn and improve, contributing to self-confidence and positive self-esteem.
Here are some tips to help your children focus on their homework and some online tasks:
Set aside a reasonable time to focus on a specific activity for your child to perform
Young kids (4-5 years of age) can usually concentrate between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the task, less time with novel and challenging tasks, and more time with those intrinsically pleasing activities.
Perform one task at a time
During our adult lives, we may be celebrating the ability to multitask. Still, the evidence is clear: multitasking lowers focus and decreases our efficiency—only one thing at a time in this one moment in line with the principle of mindfulness. For very young children, studying letters, you might simply sing the alphabet together or use some school learning facilities that are visual. In kids who are a little older, say 4th grade, one long division issue can be solved together at a time. Look no further into all the other things; just concentrate on one at a time.
Set aside time and space to do homework
It is necessary to reduce extraneous distractions because multitasking impairs focus. For example, do homework at a specified desk or table in a quiet room with the TV off, the phone in another room, and the laptop shut down unless a homework assignment is needed. Parental control systems can turn off Internet access automatically after a specified amount of use. When children get older, parents can turn to use self-monitoring software so that teens can manage their time independently. This way, on Instagram or Snapchat, children do not get drawn into a time vortex.
Draw on breaks intended
After spending some time focusing, children need to get up, move about, and do something new and not taxing too. They will profit from taking some time to rest and recharge, particularly during homework time after school. Younger kids can grab a snack or play break, and teens can take the opportunity to search with peers for messages or text from their friends.
Divide large tasks into smaller pieces, more manageable
It is yet another technique to help kids tackle a difficult mission. When your child learns to tie her shoes, make the first target to perfect the initial knot, then push on with the strings to make two loops until she knows exactly how to do that, and so on. One “piecemeal” technique for focus building is to use a timer to help children coordinate themselves, for example, “Here’s a book about horses. I will set this timer for 15 minutes, and I want you to write down as many horse’s information as you can at this time.”
Understand the method of learning your child has (visual, auditory, kinesthetic)
Each kid learns differently. When they see it, some kids quickly process information, some when they hear it, and some when they have practical knowledge of it and can touch it. It is crucial to understand which group your child belongs to, mainly because it will allow them to understand better and experience and learning will be longer than short-term.
- Visual – Visual Children understand better when they can see the details. The child would be able to focus more on this situation if she can read the details and even write it down.
- Auditory – It is acoustic to children who learn better when they hear information.
- Kinesthetic – children who are kinesthetic need to be able to understand better and process their subject matter and feel it. Learning by practical applications can be more helpful for these children than reading aloud or writing. “When my child was learning about planets, I took him to the planetarium, and when we got home, we sat down together and created and colored a model of the solar system.
Set short time goals to concentrate better
Set short time goals for better concentration, set a time limit to reach a goal. If it’s studying, then you can claim that within twenty minutes, a certain number of pages need to be completed.