Between the ages of 4 and 6, most children are not only desperate to learn, but they also enjoy learning. However, that does not mean that they won’t need a bit of help and encouragement!
Helping children to focus at school is essential to their academic success, and that means the work of getting them interested and engaged with learning starts at home.
As a parent, there are various ways you can assist your child in staying focused during their classes.
So, if your child is about to start school and you want to know how best to help them, read on for some top tips.
Develop a Routine
Creating a routine can help your child develop good study habits and improve their ability to focus. Establish a regular study schedule, with specific times set aside for homework and studying. Encourage your child to prioritize their tasks, starting with the most challenging ones, and take breaks between study sessions to avoid burnout.
Also, it is important that when developing a routine for your child, you don’t neglect sleep. If you want your child to focus more in school, you will need to help your children sleep better at night, which can begin with setting a calm evening routine on school nights, a bath schedule, and a time away from computer screens.
Create a Positive Learning Environment
A comfortable and organized learning environment can help your child stay focused on their studies. You can create a designated study space in your home that is free from distractions, such as television, video games, or other electronic devices. The space chosen for studying should be quiet, well-lit, and stocked with essential materials such as pencils, paper, and textbooks.
Also, try to be encouraging! Don’t use the study space as an area where the children will be sent if they are being punished.
Encourage Regular Exercise
Exercise is an effective way to improve concentration and reduce stress levels. It also helps with the release of dopamine, which can help with creativity and focus, both very important for schoolwork!
You should also encourage your child to participate in regular physical activities such as sports, dance, or other forms of exercise. Physical activity can help to increase blood flow to the brain, improving focus and attention span.
Provide Nutritious Meals
A balanced diet can help improve cognitive function and concentration. Ensure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast before school, and pack a healthy lunch with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein. Try to avoid sugary snacks and drinks that can cause energy crashes and disrupt focus. Also, make sure that your child is drinking plenty of water, as this will help them to stay hydrated and have better overall focus.
Limit Screen Time
Excessive screen time can interfere with your child’s ability to focus and may also disrupt their sleep patterns. Always set limits on the amount of time your child spends on electronic devices, including phones, tablets, and computers. Encourage them to take frequent breaks and engage in other activities such as reading, drawing, or playing outside.