Concentration in children could also be affected by lack of sleep, not getting proper nutrition, excess sugar in the diet, family issues, or some other factors.
Are you struggling to make your child concentrate during studies? Are you receiving complaints from schools or tutors regarding your little one’s concentration issues? Is your kid making silly mistakes due to a lack of concentration? These situations could be causing you distress. You could be taking your exasperation out on your kid in turn. All this could be leading to constant tension in the family.
There are many internal and external reasons for which children could find it difficult to focus. There is a coexistence of two parallel worlds today. One is where we live. The other is the virtual world where so many exciting things keep happening round the clock. Children could be accessing this virtual reality through different gadgets and be lost in its thought even when they are away from it. Or, there could be too much stress that could be distracting them.
The following 8 ways could help develop concentration in children to a great extent:
- i) Enough sleep and power nap: 8 long uninterrupted hours of sleep and power naps in the afternoon would calm the young ones’ mind and develop concentration. These good practices boost the power of the brain, make the brain absorb and process information fast, and focus on the job at hand.
- ii) Method of learning: different children learn by different methods. Some learn well via visual methods, some by auditory, and some find the kinaesthetic method more effective. If parents and teachers know what works for a child, learning becomes easier and concentration in children develops spontaneously. For visual learners, use more visual references. Auditory learners should read loudly. Kinaesthetic learners should be given more exposure to experience, touch and feel the subject matter.
iii) Yoga: Yoga develops concentration tremendously. Pranayam, Ushtrashana, Paschimothhasana are a few yoga poses that improve memory and concentration in children. Encourage your children to practice yoga regularly. However, it must be learned from the professionals.
- iv) Brain teasers, games: Games that require a lot of thinking, sequencing, and problem-solving help in improving concentration in children. Allot time for your kids to play these every day. If you can participate, it might de-stress you as well and make playing them greater fun for kids.
- v) Less distraction: Studying in a surrounding with fewer disturbances would prevent distractions. Try and give them peaceful study corners, away from hustle bustles. Well organised study tables, with spotlights that can focus directly on the study materials, make young minds drawn to it to a great extent.
- vi) Physical activity: Physical activities like exercises or outdoor games do not tire kids. On the contrary, they allow a lot of oxygen flow in the brain, making the brain more active and able to focus. Children must engage in them every day for a fixed length of time.
- v) Break between lessons: An average child can hold his or her concentration for approximately 40 mins at a stretch. Allow breaks after every 40 minutes of study, during which the child should be free to do what the heart desires. At the same time, break a long lesson or a lengthy task into parts, so that they can be finished within the stipulated time. Let the child do it one by one, with small breaks in between, with full
- vi) Routine: Kids usually focus better when they follow a routine. Allot specific time to studies and other activities. This would arrest uncertainty, confusion, and chaos in the child’s mind.
vii) A balanced diet and enough nutrition: Add green vegetables, fatty fish, fruits, and nuts in sufficient amounts in the diet. These are concentration and memory boosting food. Avoid too much of white sugar. Glucose in fruits is a better option.
viii) Reading, drawing, music: Reading books and drawing improve kids’ concentration level.
Children with an ear for music might find it calming and helpful for concentration. Playing instruments develop motor skills and the ability to focus as well.
Distractions often stem from boredom and lack of interest. When the job at hand does not provoke interest, the mind hovers elsewhere. If tasks and studies are made fun and exciting, the level of concentration would be enhanced effortlessly.