Concentration - focusing attention on a specific activity - is very important in everyday school life. However, it is not always easy for children to focus their concentration on schoolwork or learning material. Various factors such as external distractions, excessive demands or a lack of interest play a role here.
The ability to concentrate develops at kindergarten age and is further refined during the school years. Although it cannot be fully trained, there are still ways to promote attention. In this article, we have collected 5 effective tips.
Tip 1: Minimize distracting factors
Too many external stimuli, both visual and acoustic, can significantly impair concentration - whether at home when doing homework or at school, e.g. during a class test. It is therefore important to minimize external distractions. Radios, televisions and cell phones should be switched off while studying and the room should be as quiet as possible. However, it is unfortunately not always possible to influence ambient noise, which can be very stressful, especially for children who are sensitive to noise, as noise has a negative impact on both concentration and stress levels. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this.
Children's hearing protection, such as the Kiddies ear muffs from Schallwerk, belong in every school bag. They are lightweight, compact, comfortable and, above all, effective. Thanks to the adjustable headband, it fits children from approx. 1 to 16 years and therefore grows with them for years. The Kiddies minimizes noise and helps children to concentrate better and calm down. It also protects against sensory overload, which is why it can also be used in everyday life. Hearing protection also provides effective protection against noise at loud events such as carnivals, concerts or funfairs, thus preventing permanent hearing damage.
Tip 2: A healthy lifestyle
Good sleep, sufficient exercise and a healthy diet are the basis for increased concentration. Varied meals and exercise in the fresh air promote an active metabolism and support alertness.
Tip 3: Avoid overload
Pressure and too many tasks can reduce motivation to learn. It is important to create a balanced learning workload and put less urgent tasks on the back burner.
Tip 4: Use a variety of learning methods
Concentration can be increased by using different learning methods. The Pareto principle and learning with a partner are examples of this. Digital media can also have a motivating effect and promote concentration. However, it is important to accompany younger children when using media.
Tip 5: Provide targeted support for learning motivation
An unwillingness to learn can impair concentration. Breaks and praise are two key components for increasing motivation to learn. Instead of criticism, praise for the effort put in is important. Breaks should be used sensibly - exercise and fresh air are beneficial. Children need breaks more often than adults to maintain their attention.
In summary, children's ability to concentrate can be effectively strengthened with these varied strategies. By creating the right environment, supporting the learning process, providing tools such as hearing protection and encouraging motivation, we can help children reach their full potential.