Helping Your Kindergartener Stay Focused at School
Your kindergartener is having problems staying focused at school and you dont know why or what to do. It would be great if you could figure out why your child is having focus problems and sometimes there is a real issue at hand. But, on many other occasions, your child is having problems staying focused at school because he simply is not accustomed to a structured day. The best thing you can do to help him adjust to kindergarten and to stay focused is to practice at home.
You may be wondering how you could possibly do that. The answer is that you set aside half an hour where you work on a project with your child that requires him to focus and pay attention. Make the activity enjoyable and dont turn it into a task. Doing this will have your child understand the meaning of focus and that he can really pay attention for 15-30 minutes at a time. Most kindergarten classrooms only deal with one project at a time and only spend a maximum of 30 minutes on a project so the child does not lose interest.
So, give this a try at home. You will realize that your child can really learn how to focus and by practicing he will be able to better focus at school. It may take you several weeks to really get your child to focus and he may even resist. But, follow through and keep your activities going on that require your child to focus. It might be an effort for you, but your child will learn and will be more successful in school as a result.
Remember as well that if you make learning and activities fun your child will have an easier job focusing because he is actually enjoying himself. The moment your child becomes bored he will turn off and no longer pay attention. So, it is up to you to figure out how to capture his attention and keep him focused. Once you learn the trick you can share it with his kindergarten teacher.
In some situations your childs inability to pay attention will be the result of a problem like dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, needing glasses, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and more. You will need to rule all of these out in order to help your child learn to focus and be a good student.