I have learnt that children will improve their skills beyond expectations when they are in an environment which believes in them, supports them to aim high, and gives them the tools to reach their goals. Check out http://excellyourchild.com for more tips on helping your children do well. Warmly, Anne (M.Ed., Dip.T.)
An important key to learning and remembering new information is to give it your attention!
The human brain may contain up to one trillion neurons. These nerve cells are interconnected, as shown in this microscopic image, so that they can transmit electrical impulses—and information—to other cells.
“Without focused concentration, brain connections are not made, and memory is not stored”( P.194 Dispenza, J. 2007). So when we pay attention or focus our concentration, we are able to learn faster, and create longer lasting memories.
When your child is not concentrating enough learning and remembering slows down – sharpen their focus. One of your constant aims when working with a child who loses concentration easily is to encourage them to stay alert. Some practical tips to increase your child’s learning and remembering:
Chunk time and amount of work: Chunking time or amounts of work helps support children to stay focused on what they are learning and remembering. ‘Chunking’ is breaking a task into smaller tasks, or breaking time into smaller chunks of time.
I suggest to begin with that you give an amount of work and/or period of time that they will feel comfortable with. For example you could say to your child, “Let’s only read for 10 minutes,” or “ Let’s only do five of these Mathematics problems”. As your child concentrates more, you increase the amount of work completed and time spent learning and remembering.
Surprise and competition works! Use reverse psychology immediately they lose concentration. My favourite way to get my students to focus is called ‘The first up to 5 points game’. I try to beat them at a simple game that I tell them with great conviction I should win because they can’t possibly concentrate on their work.
Rules for 1st up to 5: While they are learning and remembering some skill or facts I randomly check whether they are concentrating or not. I can check sneakily or quite obviously depending on the level of concentration and type of child. If they are working when I check, I give them a point with a show of reluctance or disappointment. However if they are not concentrating, I give myself a point gleefully! I have played this game with chronic off-task students from five year old students to teens. In spite of their beliefs about how poorly they concentrate – they suddenly are, and their learning and remembering improves. Tee hee!
If you want to work with your child, and want more pointers, check out this post from me.