Focus and Concentration in Children - Various Techniques to Motivate Children to Learn in an Effective Way
By Andrew Loh
Here are some more tips and techniques to teach your children how to
focus and concentrate. Make sure to use them at an appropriate
combination that you can train them at the optimum best.
Teach Them How to Meditate
Meditation could act as a great tool to
promote focus and concentrate. Meditation is a mental exercise that
seeks to calm down mind, relax it and develop concentration to focus on
a particular image. Meditation also removes tension, stress and internal
pressure. Teaching meditation to children could be difficult at first
because they can sit tight in one place for more than few minutes.
However, it is still good to sit in one place and mediate to gain the
power of concentration in a gradual manner.
Take Some Time off Every Day and Visit a Place that Helps Children to Concentrate
It is better to take time off from home to visit a place that can act as a
relaxation point. A silent park without human noise could be a very good
place to start. Park and nature laces where children can hear just the
call of birds, animals and nature is the best place that can actually
help children develop focus.
Play Soothing Relaxation Music at Home
Children need some free time that can provide them
relaxation and peace. Bring home music that your children like and adore
to listen excepting loud and blaring one that can be nuisance and act as
distracting mechanisms. Nature music, call of animals and birds, smooth
and lively cartoon numbers, themed music and light melodies are the most
preferred ones that can actually help creating an ambiance suitable for
Introduce Healthy Lifestyle
Good nutrition, good night's sleep, optimum physical exercise and evening playtime are
essential to develop a healthy mind. A healthy mind can easily focus and
concentrate on anything while a mind that is happy and contended act as
a precursor to develop enthusiasm for studies. A good diet contains
plenty of carbohydrate, fat and protein along with enough quantities of
vitamins and minerals.
Chess is a game of kings and king of games. Chess is also a game that develops focus and
concentration. Its complex, permutation and combination helps mind to
learn many cognition techniques required to perform well in the
classroom. Playing chess in the morning may help children a lot because
their mind is fresh and agile in the morning. Chess also helps develop
the time span through which one can retain focus and concentration for
Green Board Game
Make a rectangle sized
cardboard and draw a big circle in the middle. Fill the circle with deep
green colour. Hang the board on a wall and ask children and to sit in
front of it for some time. Also, instruct them to focus their mind on
the green circle for five minutes at least three times in a day. Green
is a soothing and vibrant colour that can remove stress, worries and
sadness. Instead, it can help children to develop focus and
concentration in a gradual manner.
Dart board is also a great tool to develop focus. When children throw their dart
after focusing on the bulls' eye, they are in fact developing focus and
concentration. The eye line that connect the plane of eyesight and the
bull's eye point of the board, acts as focal point of attraction.
Developing Reading Habit
Reading is a sure fire way to
develop focus and concentration. When someone reads a book, he or she
will be immersed in the content of the book and understanding the
meaning of the story. When children read a story book, they would also
be extending the time span to understand the storyline. Let the books
purchased be simple to read and understand. Books of riddles, puzzles
and problem solving are the most preferred while girl children might
need cartoon, fictional, Barbie like stories to develop focus. The more
children read more will be the power to retain focus and concentration.
Never ever, interrupt your children
when they are working on their class homework or project work. Set a
rigid rule that no one will interrupt or disturb children who are
working or concentrating.
Ask Children to Stop Multitasking
Children are known to be very fickle minded who are easily
disturbed. Some children watch TV when they are doing their homework.
Similarly, some other children may like to fiddle with a cell phone or
play games on it. Make sure that you are not allowing them with these
distracting activities. Children are incapable of concentrating on two
different tasks at the same time.
Help Children With Their Scrapbooking and Crafting
Let children get active with
scrapbooking and crafting because these activities need reading through
directions, instructions and follow individual steps to complete
projects. In addition, when children do their scrapbooking and craft
work, they would also be developing the power of concentration, step by
step and in an orderly manner.
Focusing and Calming Games for Children: Mindfulness Strategies and Activities to Help Children to Relax, Concentrate and Take Control
By Deborah M. Plummer
Focus, mindfulness, relaxation and concentration are key
elements of achieving emotional well-being, and are also
important for a child's development of skills and abilities.
"Focussing and Calming Activities for Children" helps
children to build social, emotional and spiritual
well-being. Part One covers the theoretical and practical
background. It illustrates how the capacity to calm oneself,
focus attention and concentrate can help a child build
specific skills and abilities and regulate themselves, and
demonstrates the importance of play and imagination. It also
sets out how to structure the emotional environment.
Part Two is made up of games and activities that teach
children how to develop these mindfulness and calming
skills. The activities are suitable for use with groups and
individual children aged 5-12, and can be adapted for
children with specific attention and concentration
difficulties and for older children. This is an ideal
resource for teachers, counsellors, social workers,
occupational therapists, speech and language therapists,
youth workers, parents, and carers.