Many people don’t realize that concentration isn’t a natural skill. Sure some children can concentrate easier than others, but concentrating (focusing) is a skill that we must work on continuously. Today I’m featuring how to help your child focus in school for maximum academic success that I have learned.
When you have a child who has difficulties focusing in school, it can be frustrating for them and their parents and their teachers. To help your child concentrate in school, you have first to be open to some exercises to help them master this skill.
How to Help Your Child Focus in School
First, I want to mention that my son has ADD with an emphasis on focusing. That’s why this topic is so fascinating to me. I know I’m not alone. Hopefully, if your child has a hard time focusing in school, this information can help.
Practice at Home to Focus in School
You can start at home to help your child gain the necessary skills for focus in school. Set aside time for your child to focus on a specific task. If your child is younger, up until around age 5, they won’t have a long attention span anyway. A younger child can only focus for about 5-20 minutes, depending on the task. Set your home schedule to include activity time that will encourage your child to focus on enjoyable activities.
Do Not Multi-Task
While society pushes us to multi-task and do many things at once, this isn’t how our human brain works best. It’s proven that concentration diminishes when trying to do too many things at once. When working with your child to help them focus in school, it’s best to train them to work on one problem at a time. If they have a long math worksheet, teach them to only focus on one question at a time. Eventually, they’ll master this skill of just focusing on one academic problem at a time so that they finish their work without stress.
A child who has difficulties focusing in school may feel overwhelmed or anxious when they cannot concentrate on their classwork as quickly as their peers. This could cause a slight panic attack or get upset during class time. Practice deep breathing techniques at home so that your child can redirect their focus back to school work when they’re in the classroom.
Have a Homework Station
It’s essential to have a homework station in your home where your child can focus on homework. You can supervise this time at the homework station to teach your child the skills outlined here, and in time they’ll start to learn how to focus on homework alone. When you create a space for homework in a peaceful, quiet area, they’ll use these skills at school during the day to complete classwork in the classroom too. Even if your child isn’t assigned homework, you can ask the teacher for worksheets or print your own.
Try a Herb Supplement
Last but certainly not least, if you’ve done all the above and your child still can’t seem to focus and struggles in school, it wouldn’t hurt to put them on a natural herbal supplement such as FOCUS by GaiaKids. I just put my son on this, where I give him a full dropper each morning before school. It’s too early to tell how it’s working, but I do know that I also take Gaia herbal supplements, and I love the outcome. So, if it works for me, indeed, it will work for my son. GaiaKids FOCUS has no artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, colors, or flavors.
There you have a few ways you can work to help your child focus in school. Again, raising a child who has difficulties with focus is hard on the parents. The child wants to concentrate and learn as their peers do, but often they get distraught when they can’t. If your child is showing signs of struggling in school, use these exercises to help them master concentration skills.