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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’.

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February 26, 2008 - Posted by | family, holiday, Montessori Educational blogs | , ,

8 Comments »

  1. arrgghhh…i am so tired i dont even bother to do what i m suppose to do with QQ 😦

    Comment by chinnee | February 27, 2008

  2. Errr…a little too early for me to be reading about stuff like this, but I’ll keep them in mind!

    Comment by giddy tigress | April 3, 2008

  3. I read some where about the silent game. I tried it with my girls. I don’t have any prob with my elder girl who just turn 4 last month but is an extreme disaster with my younger one… she’s only 2.5 yr. she ‘s active & only have short attention span… is a real hard to guide her… not sure can start her with 20mins… even 10mins could be toooo long for her to stay calm.

    Comment by Kelly | April 15, 2008

  4. Kelly: What type of silent game did u try? it’s common for younger children to have a shorter attention span when playing that game. 10mins is not so bad actually.

    Comment by rani | April 24, 2008

  5. I have to agree with Rani that younger children will definitely have shorter attention spans. End the session of the silence game while the child is still successful, even if it’s only been one minute. The more successful your child feels, the better the results. That is the point after all — for your child to enjoy, appreciate and be able to attain this sort of mental and physical silence or stillness. Wasn’t Maria Montessori brilliant!!

    Follow her <Zing!

    Comment by emilygeizer | February 23, 2009

  6. Emily: Taking my hat off to another Montessorian! I’ve linked your blog here. Thanks for stopping by!

    Comment by rani | March 11, 2009

  7. good site…got a lot of info.. thnx, but am not able to link to ur blog.. help pls…

    Comment by Anupama | August 7, 2010

  8. Anupama: Sorry for the extremely late reply. Thanks for wanting to link to my blog. Do you have a blog or site too? WordPress/Blogger?

    Comment by rani | October 17, 2010


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