Children’s Focus Times Are Variable and Can Be Developed
You may have noticed that children get bored and distracted after a certain period of time while studying. Even while playing games, children get distracted over time. Focus times can be much shorter, especially when learning something new. Forcing children to continue at such times will not be fruitful.
Children’s attention span is generally around 40 minutes. However, this period may be longer or shorter depending on the work done at that time. This period also varies depending on the age of the child. For example, 5-6 year old children’s attention span is as short as 15 minutes. They may find it much harder to concentrate when there are distractions around. When they reach the age of 7, this time increases to half an hour.
Break times can also be determined based on focus times. After playing or studying for a certain period of time, you can take a break of 5 to 15 minutes. Make sure your child leaves the work environment during the break. It is a well-known fact that children who engage in physical activity during this period focus better when they return to work.
So, what can you do to increase your child’s focus time?
They focus as you focus.
In order for children to work as long as possible without distractions, you need to stay focused with them. When working with your child, simple repetitive exercises can turn out to be a difficult task for you, especially during the preschool and primary school years. You may feel bored when they have to write a word over and over again, when they have to read a text over and over.
However, when you actively participate in the process with him, your child will focus much more easily. Working together motivates them and they feel that their work is important. Even when playing with Legos, your children need your participation.
It is very important for parents to discover their children’s unique ways of learning and focusing. For example, some children may have trouble concentrating when they are hungry. If your child is like this, you can prepare light snacks before starting work.
Children need rest, no matter how energized they may seem. It may not be a good idea to do homework as soon as you get home from school. While they are doing their homework after a little rest, there should be no distractions around them. It’s perfectly normal to be constantly distracted while trying to do homework in a room with the TV on. Instead of repeatedly telling your child to focus, you can try to create a more isolated work environment.