5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Child’s Focus
Here are some easy and fun strategies to help your child improve his ability to focus.
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Give directions while playing catch. Children that can be easily distracted or daydreamy. To help your child improve focus, try giving them directions while passing a ball back and forth. Ask them to repeat the directions every time they throw. Later, they may use the visual memory of throwing the ball and having fun to trigger the verbal memory of what you told them.
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Play “Freeze! Focus!” One of the best times to help your child improve their focus is when they aren’t supposed to be concentrating on anything. Try playing a round of the game of “Freeze! Focus!” When they’re least expecting it, say, “Freeze! Focus!” and get them to freeze in place (start with 10 seconds and build your way up). When the time is up, ask them to describe three things they saw whilst they were frozen. Eventually, you can put up signs around the house that list learning opportunities and ask them to focus on them while they’re frozen!
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Make memory musical. For thousands of years, people have used music as a tool to remember and pass down information. You can do this, too—even if you’ve never been the musical type. Try creating a tune to letters while your child is spelling out a word. Clap and chant to a beat to accompany the natural rhythm of your child’s chores. Experiment with your child’s favourite songs for a fun, low-stress way to build concentration. Mirror a musical instrument with them non-verbally.
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Do all sorts of puzzles with your child. There are many types of puzzles that can help boost your child’s concentration while building fine motor skills, too. But keep in mind that puzzles don’t always have to be something you touch. Word games, like logic puzzles, use the power of deduction to help your child discover answers by relying on his mind, not just his eyes and hands. I spy etc.You can level this by doing “I spy with my little eye something that is blue, something that is round, something that make this noise….” (doesn’t have to be letters!)
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Make the day into a story. Children love to be the centre of attention. Ask your child to describe their day as if they were recalling a favourite book or film, with them as the main character. This can help your child internalize their daily routine and the people who have leading roles in their life. You will probably have to start this off and once your child gets the idea they can start adding things in.
E.g. One Sunny day Mummy, Daddy and Bob walked to Nursery. They knock, knock, knocked on the door until Mrs Cooke opened it. Mrs Cooke asked them if they were having a packed lunch box or a dinner. Once they got into pre-school they quickly decided to make a monster form the playdough. Bob rolled it out flat and concentrated really hard on adding the eyes. He added….(child can take over if they wish…)
Source: Amanda Morin