Children are naturally inquisitive and can become easily distracted at times. The structured school day keeps children focused, and classrooms are ideal learning environments as walls are often covered in a variety of teaching aids.
If your child struggles to carry out school work effectively at home, there are a number of ways that parents can encourage them to stay on task.
Set up a timetable
Create a daily programme for how many minutes your child will spend on their homework and try and stick to this for the school week. Factor in lots of breaks, so that children have a chance to relax and offset boredom.
Have a dedicated learning space
Adding a map of the world to your child’s home learning environment will help them to make an easier transition into school work.
Try and ensure that the space your child works within is as far away from the hustle and bustle of family life as possible.
If your child has a favourite TV programme they watch on a daily basis, make sure homework is completed prior to this point as they may have lost focus afterwards.
Give your child a target for how long they will concentrate on school work and reward them with stickers or other incentives if they achieve it.
Maximize energy levels
Drinking water regularly has been shown to improve concentration levels. Letting children sip water, as well as ensuring they have a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, will ensure that they are fully alert.
You could also try to ensure that your child gets regular exercise throughout the day. A study performed by East Carolina University found that children who participated in physical activities throughout the day exhibited better focus.
Extend the periods of time your child can concentrate for by getting them to play intricate games such as Monopoly, Battleship and Operation. Puzzles can also help children improve their concentration.
Children who are easily distracted may also benefit from fidget toys such as squishy balls or modelling clay.