The long summer vacation has just passed. Under the pandemic, children have not lived a normal campus life for a period of time, and it is inevitable that it will be hard for them to re-adjust and consciously go back to their previous learning patterns. How to clear up children's holiday mood and make them devote themselves to learning as soon as possible? Let's help your kids to improve their concentration.
ILK Learning is here to provide you with 7 tips to help your kids to "sit still" and concentrate for school. Try them if you find them useful!
Modern parents are often busy at work, and when their children cry, they often let "electronic babysitters" such as smartphones and tablets help to calm them down. If kids are exposed to electronic products for a long time during the holidays, in addition to affecting their eyesight and health, they would be accustomed to the sound and visual effects on electronic screens, which will also significantly affect children's attention span. While textbooks in class are in black and white, the visual stimulation is far lower than that of electronic products. Naturally, children feel bored and drowsy while reading them.
Parents can discuss and record every happy memory of the holiday with their children. Try to lead your children to review which memory is the most precious to give closure to the holiday on a psychological level. Assisting children to reflect on how they spent their holiday meaningfully is an ending symbol. This is an amazing parent-child activity. It will not only promote communication so that you can better understand your children's thoughts and preferences. It also encourages kids to make up their minds and continue to look forward to the upcoming holiday!
Parents can write a daily schedule (To-do List) with their children. First, write down all the tasks to-be-completed, and fit different tasks into their schedules according to the importance and time orders, such as assignments, homework, and extracurricular activities. This method visualizes all to-do items at a glance - a lifelong, useful skill for children. Patiently let your child complete the listed items at his/her own pace. If your child cannot complete all the items that are of low importance on time, do not need to force him/her to finish immediately, but let the child slowly get used to working.
The holiday has just ended, so it is very common for children to have low efficiency and weak concentration. Parents should observe their children's learning pace to adjust the length of learning time or the amount of work to be completed each day. If the child is quickly asked to return to the original learning rhythm, it may put a lot of pressure on the child, leading to errors and disobedience. In addition, setting up a more rigorous sleep and rest schedule is also very important. Parents can consider exploring with their children their favorite bedtime rituals, such as taking hot baths or drinking warm milk, etc. They can then get more used to school schedules, and they will be more energetic when they wake up the next day.
Similar to adults at work, the learning environment of children has a great influence on concentration. It is hard for anyone to stay focused in a noisy and messy environment. Parents can set up an exclusive corner for reading and doing homework with simply designed and colored tables and chairs. Keep the wall decoration as simple and clean as possible. The cute and dazzling cartoon layouts can be saved for children's bedrooms. Some children are particularly susceptible to sounds. Small domestic noises from phone calls, TV sounds, and the opening and closing of doors may also affect children's concentration. Therefore, parents can try to create a quiet learning environment to avoid disturbance.
Children are full of energy so it is always difficult for them to sit down and concentrate on their studies. Many parents have the misconception that if children cannot focus, they should add more static activities in their schedules, which violates the child's nature. American university studies have shown that children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) become more focused and less distracted after 20 minutes of exercise. Let exercise and "physical discharge" become a part of children's lives, maintaining physical and mental health and improving concentration can be described as killing two birds with one stone.
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Keep in mind the principle of a "balanced diet" and take in all the elements necessary for the functioning of the brain such as energy, vitamins and minerals. For children's growth, carbohydrates (such as rice, porridge, bread), high-protein foods (beans, fish, eggs, meat), vegetables and fruits are all indispensable. Among them, many nutritionists point out that food rich in vitamin B6, such as meat, whole grains, vegetables and nuts, are particularly helpful in improving concentration. You can consider using nuts to replace your child's daily snacks. In addition, as the saying goes, "An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening." It is also important for children to have a nutritious breakfast before school. A British study also pointed out that children who eat breakfast before school are far more focused than those who go to school hungry.
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Children being active and playful indicate physical and mental health. Parents do not need to worry too much. Devote your time to assist by their sides, children will then be able to clear up their minds and concentrate on learning again. Parents may wish to try the above 7 tips to help children "sit still" and get used to learning. Start now and embrace new challenges together in this new school year!