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How To Improve Concentration Power & Focus In Children?

We all know that sometimes, young children are easily distracted. Even as adults, we can regularly struggle with concentration and focus – and it’s even more challenging for growing and developing minds!

In this article, we’ll look at some potential causes for a child’s lack of focus and offer tips on how to improve concentration power.

Why Are Concentration and Focus so Important for Developing Minds?

So, you might be thinking, why is it even necessary for children to have the ability to focus and concentrate? They’re children – they don’t need that skill yet, do they?

First, it is important to remember that good habits are best learned during early childhood. By encouraging our children to practice their focus and concentration at a young age, they will continue to make those connections in their brains and apply focus to every task throughout their development.

A sense of belonging and connection encourages children to concentrate effectively as children engage in the tasks at hand. You can draw this approach from early childhood theorists such as Erick Erickson, Jean Piaget’s and Maria Montessori. 

Concentration and focus are especially important for our preschool-aged children as they prepare and transition into a more formal school setting such as primary school. While the teaching styles in primary school are similar, they can be more regimented and will require your child to focus for longer periods. Therefore, it’s a good idea to help them master concentration before taking the next step to big school.

What Causes a Child to Lose Focus?

There are many reasons why a young child might struggle to maintain their focus.

Distractions

One sure way to cause a child to lose focus and concentration is by having too many distractions. External noises – sound from another room, a noisy toy or a passing vehicle, to name a few – can easily throw a child’s concentration. 

Overloading

If a child is given more than one task to manage at once, this can feel extremely overwhelming. Or, where a task requires several steps to complete, their brain feels overloaded – and giving up becomes the easier option. 

Lack of Interest

The focus power of a child will depend on the task they are trying to complete. If it is a repetitive or tedious task, they’re really going to struggle to remain focused.

Disconnect

The child doesn’t connect or feel a sense of belonging to the learning experience to be able to concentrate. 

Fatigue

Nothing is as critical as sleep to a young developing mind! Children 5 and under require lots of rest and sleep to support their growth, and being tired can quickly lead to a lack of concentration.

External Factors

Sometimes, what happens outside of childcare or school can contribute to a lack of focus – things like personal problems at home, a life event that has caused upheaval in the family unit, or a significant change in the child’s routine.

Activities to Improve Attention and Concentration

The ability to remain focused and concentrate for extended periods is a handy life skill best developed at a young age. In fact, around 90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of five, and implementing good learning habits during this period can help a child in their later life. 

An effective way to improve a child’s focus is by introducing concentration games and exercises into their daily routine. At the same time, if you want them to improve their concentration focus, it’s worth keeping in mind how children learn best when exercises are fun!

There are so many activities for pre-schoolers that combine learning, concentration and fun, including: 

Puzzles

Teaches a child to think as they match shapes or colours together. 

Group storytelling

Encourages active listening and using the imagination to provide input to the story. 

Building blocks

Fosters patience and focus while putting together intricate structures. 

Art

Engages fine motor skills and patience as they create a picture or produce a finger painting. 

Scavenger hunts

Requires problem-solving skills and staying switched on while hunting for hidden treasures. 

Memory games

Encourages interaction between two or more people and a deep focus while players rely on their memory.

How Kids Club Helps Children Learn To Focus and Concentrate

At Kids Club, our Educators understand the importance of providing engaging learning environments, which form the underlying basis for the children to focus on each task they complete. This includes organising children into small, focused groups to engage in child concentration exercises and games. We also provide quiet learning spaces free from distractions, which is critical when encouraging children to learn and apply concentration power for longer periods. 

On top of creating a suitable learning environment, Kids Club Educators offer games and exercises that tick multiple development boxes. Through our regular routine at Kids Club – also an essential mechanism for development – children engage in various activities that require focus throughout the day. For example, our “munch and move” program helps to increase the power of focus in young children while eating and maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits.

Meditation, yoga and relaxation exercise to support children to concentrate and regulate there behaviour. 

Another thing our team knows well is how each child is an individual. To gain the attention and focus of the children in our care, it’s vital to understand their needs at that time and how they learn. Educators take the time to get to know what works best for each child and also use the child’s interests to spark interaction, engagement and, ultimately, the ability to focus and concentrate. We use techniques such as role modelling, play based learning, enquiry and interest-based learning to support our teachings of focus and concentration. 

As well as supporting children to maintain focus and concentration, we also work towards increasing their memory power. An increased ability to recall information can assist a child in developing their focus and concentration skills. On the flip side, the ability to concentrate also improves a child’s ability to recall information. 

How to Improve Focus for Kindergarten with Kids Club! 

If you want to give your child the best start in life, consider enrolling at your local Kids Club. We have centres all throughout NSW, QLD, VIC and TAS, so you should find a Kids Club nearby. 

Along with working on developing critical skills like concentration and focus, our educational practices and programs encompass a variety of ways to help your child develop their mind and body in many facets. This includes getting your child “school-ready” so that when they transition from early learning to their formative school years, they have a strong basis of knowledge through their education and self-development. 

In addition to our structured learning and development program, we understand that children want to have fun. That’s why just about all our activities are fun and educational. 

If you want to learn more, call Kids Club Early Childhood Learning Centres or book a tour of your closest Kids Club Early Learning Centre today! Click here to view your closest Centre. 

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If you want to learn more, call Kids Club Early Childhood Learning Centres or book a tour now of your closest Kids Club Early Learning Centre, click here to view your closest Centre.

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