Focus! Concentrate on your work! But how?
If I’m not mistaken, exam is over for most of the schools and most children and teachers are looking forward for a nine-day holiday retreat. Meanwhile, it is also wise for parents to use this holiday time to exercise their habits and attitudes on some ways to help boost their child’s concentration when they go back to school. The below points are taken from Women’s Weekly, Feb 2008:
1)Start with 20 minutes: Limit distractions while the child is working, meaning no TV or games when doing homework. Set a time limit for an activity, no more than half an hour. Do have a break in between activities and add more minutes as your child progresses. Remember to give positive reinforcement, in the form of praise or reward, every time your child makes a little progress.
2) Make it fun: Make memorising fun by using mind-mapping method, journey method or story method.
3) Do it together: Oh, how my husband’s nephews love this idea! Every time we play a game together, they insist that I concentrate on playing with them, like not reading the newspaper while playing Happy Family cards with them. Do homework with your child, play games with them, and spend holiday time with them.
4) Give loads of encouragement: Research has shown the positive effects of this kind of non-material positive reinforcement to be more permanent than materialistic ones.
5) Find out your child’s learning style: Remember the 8 Multiple Intelligence? Which one does your child belong to? Cater to their learning needs and you will definitely hit success, which coincides exactly with Montessori’s principle of individual learning and ‘following the child’.