Nowadays, we live in a world full of overstimulation. Our children are growing up without a good sense of concentration because technology has made instant-gratification the “societal norm” so to say. So now, it’s more important than ever to not only help our children to concentrate but to change their environment to encourage less stimulation, too. This all starts with being able to know when your child is focusing.
The Signs of Concentration
When children are focused, it’s important for them to maintain that focus for as long as possible. Interrupting them can impeded on their concentration and, for young children, it can be difficult for them to return to such focus. So, knowing the signs of your child’s concentration are incredibly important. For some, that may be sticking their tongue out while they rock, rocking their leg – even staying completely still. It’s different for everyone, but the signs are undoubtedly there.
Preparing the Environment
Next, environment is key. Preparing the environment so it is free of clutter will remove any and all distractions for your child. All of the materials your child needs for each activity should be in the same place in one area – this makes it easiest to keep your child’s attention in one place throughout the activity.
Letting the Child Succeed
Lastly, the most important part of Montessori teaching is to stand back, hands off, and let the child succeed at their work on their own. In fact, Maria Montessori says to, “never help a child with a task at which he can succeed.” The success of completing the task on their own is enough to reward their focus and concentration – further encouraging them to continue concentrating on future tasks.
Now that you know how to help your child maintain their focus – whether at home or school – how can you change your environment or actions? We’d love to hear from you!