There are many reasons why a student might struggle to concentrate regardless of the type of school they attend. Oftentimes it can be due to factors in the environment or in their personal lives. If you're looking for some tips on how to help your child improve their concentration and focus, we have compiled a few general suggestions to consider that experienced Learning Coaches at PA Virtual have found helpful.
When my student seems to lack adequate focus, I first consider physical factors like hydration, nutrition, sleep, and exercise. Although they may seem basic, all of those areas are closely linked to brain function and cognitive ability.
Playing games has been helpful with improving my student’s concentration and attention span. When we have downtime, especially during the winter months, we play games like chess, checkers, card games, Scrabble, or other word games. We are having fun together but also notice that the game time lends to improving thinking skills.
We have found that incorporating storytelling and memory games around the dinner table helps our students attend to a topic for a longer period of time.
We like to post a brain teaser, riddle, or puzzle for our students to solve each day.
We learned that solving jigsaw puzzles or learning a hand-skill such as sewing, embroidery, crochet, wood carving, etc., can be an excellent (and creative!) way to improve our students’ concentration.
We hope these suggestions are beneficial and help to improve your child’s concentration and focus. These tips were compiled by Learning Coaches who are part of the Parent Ambassador Program at PA Virtual, which was created to help parents support and encourage each other. To learn more about the Parent Ambassador Program, click here.