Importance Of First Aid Training In Pre School
First Aid Training to students in a literal sense is simply equipping them with Life-Saving Skills i.e. “Handling themselves” in cases of calamity and that is just what the basic first aid is all about. The purposes of first aid are to:
• Preserve Life.
• Prevent Illness or Injury From Becoming Worse.
• Relieve Pain, If Possible.
• Promote Recovery.
• Protect the Unconscious
Every child of the school should be aware of and given the basic first aid training. Every student of the school includes the pre-schoolers as well. It’s just difficult to fathom how these tiny tots can be taught about first aid but then when they can be taught to read, write, learn, sing, dance and paint then why can’t such important and life -saving skills be imparted to them.
Training of basic first aid for preschoolers is so important to let them understand why adults treat them when they get injured and this knowledge helps eliminate some of the fear. They can be shown the basic first aid items like band-aids, antiseptic wash, and an ice pack to highlight their importance.
Pre-schoolers usually have plenty of experience with bumps and bruises. They explore, climb, and run around so often that band-aids become common elbow and knee additions for them.
Having so many resilient young children in a classroom makes first aid preparedness equally important for both students and teachers. Teaching these fledglings preparedness creates a safer environment for them.
So now the question arises as to how we can introduce the pre-schoolers to the all-important first aid tips. The primary need is to have a complete first aid kit in the classroom. Next is the role of the teacher in instructing the basic first aid rules for pre-schoolers.
They must be explained that the foremost requirement in case of a cut is to first clean the cut with antiseptic wash. Then pressure should be applied to stop bleeding and place a band-aid. Also, show them how to handle the band-aids without touching the sterile pad.
All this is to be demonstrated and e-learning modules on first aid treatment can be shown to them. Thereafter as a part of the mock drill, they should be asked to demonstrate the same process on a doll or a stuffed toy of theirs.
Learning how to get help is one of the most important safety lessons for a preschool class. They should be taught to dial and call for medical emergency services. Also, these young children must be trained to spot an emergency and then react to it. Basic first aid training covers a range of fundamental but essential skills. This includes –
• Calling ambulance
• Tending to cuts and bruises
• Stop, drop and roll
• Fire game plan
• Water safety particularly during swimming pool
• Avoiding dog bites
• Teaching them not to put everything in mouth
Thus this First aid training for the pre-school children is a pre-requisite for them for understanding the vital skills besides equipping them with life -saving abilities at the beginning of their life in school.
Encouraging Language Development In The Pre Schools
Language can be defined as the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way and language development is the process by which children come to understand and communicate language during early childhood.
Early language and communication skills are crucial for a child’s success in school and beyond. Language and communication skills include the ability to understand others (i.e., receptive language) and express oneself (i.e., expressive language) using words, gestures, or facial expressions.
It’s a proud moment for the parents of a pre-schooler when they hear a new word from their kid particularly the ones they are not using at home. It is assumed by the parents that ‘the word’ may have been learned by their child in the school. These young kids in pre-school may have picked up the word from their teacher, peers or for that matter from the people with whom they interact on daily basis.
Now the question arises how you as a parent can gauge whether your child is learning and mastering age-appropriate language skills? This dilemma is because you can measure the physical developments as per age appropriateness but there is no such yardstick to measure the other areas of child’s development.
Early childhood educators get a primary opportunity to provide children with interactions that can support their growth and development, particularly their language and communication skills. Attaining language development in a child is the collaborative effort of parents and teachers at the school.
At school, it is an important ingredient of success both in learning skills and concepts and at home, it is re-iteration of the same. All the parents need to do is talk to the teacher to know the child’s language skills and development, what are the areas of improvement, can your child start the communication with the teacher and his peers, is he a confident speaker or needs motivation to speak, can he participate in small group conversations, is he happy after communicating as everyone can understand him or unhappy as no one understand him.
As pre-schooling is the suitable age for language development and parents are the common link who can really facilitate development in their child. For re-enforcement of language skill development, parents at home need to become a model listener when your child is talking to you, in this way you can stress upon the fact that listening too is equally important as speaking.
You can also encourage the child to express rather gesticulate when conversing, ask them questions so that they answer and in this way, their language expression will be enhanced. You can contribute to enriching the vocabulary of your child by reading stories and discussing those read stories with them.
But there a few cases where despite all diligent efforts, the parent may still not find the desirable change in the child’s age-appropriate language proficiency. A few of the signs that suggest that perhaps help from an expert may be required are- The child exhibits limited vocabulary, struggles with rhymes and re-telling of the familiar stories, has difficulty in understanding, repeating and following instructions.
It is an undeniable fact that the pre-schoolers who develop strong language and communication skills have less difficulty in learning to read and are more likely to have higher levels of achievement in school as it is in the first few years of life, a kid’s brain is developing quickly and laying the foundation for learning.
On the other hand, it should also be remembered that a child’s language skills, develop at varying rates as they depend upon a number of factors such as his personality, age, and home language exposure.
Beautiful teeth are an attractive asset as besides helping us chew properly, they provide us with self-confidence, improve the quality of life and allow us to feel more natural. Our healthy teeth have an important effect on our diet, health and overall sense of well-being. We can have healthy teeth only when we take proper care of them and we cannot take them for granted as age plays no role in it and unhealthy teeth can affect anyone across all age. The loss of teeth can be restrictive in many ways as it can be lost as a result of many factors such as gum disease, tooth decay, or due to an accident.
So when we talk of dental care, we mean the maintenance of healthy teeth. This is also referred to oral hygiene i.e. the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean in order to prevent dental disorders. Taking care of teeth is as important as taking care of your health. It’s crucial to take the right steps every day to take care of them and prevent problems as well as being mindful of your daily habits.
The following can help us to keep our teeth strong and our smile bright. We can have healthy teeth with the following dental care tips!
· Brush and Floss Twice a Day
It is a general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day and if not twice it is imperative to brush your teeth at least once a day. The best time to brush is after you eat a meal and before going to bed at night as brushing gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day. It is also recommended that you should also floss at the same time and Flossing once a day is usually enough to reap these benefits.
· Brush teeth and tongue properly
The way you brush is equally important — in fact, you must brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, making sure to cover all of your teeth by moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque as deposited plaque can lead to early gum diseases.
Plaque can also build up on the tongue. This leads to bad mouth odour and may lead to other oral health problems. So it is recommended to gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
· Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouth wash
When it comes to toothpaste, make sure it contains fluoride because fluoride is a leading defense against tooth decay. It works by fighting germs and provides a protective barrier for your teeth against decay.
Mouthwash is also necessary for maintaining good oral health as it reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums, and re-mineralizes the teeth.
· Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables and limit sugary and acidic foods
Ready-to-eat foods are convenient, but are not much beneficial for teeth. Eating fresh, crunchy produce not only contains more healthy fiber and it is is also the best choice for your teeth.
Sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then erode the enamel of the teeth. These acids are responsible for cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also harm the tooth enamel. It is not that you should completely stop eating such food but it is always better to be careful of what you eat.
· Drink more water
Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health — including oral health. Make it a habit to drink water after every meal. This can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and liquid refreshment in between brushes.
· Visit a Dentist Every 6 Months
Your own everyday habits are crucial to your overall oral health. Still, even the most dutiful brushers and flossers need to see a dentist regularly. At minimum, you should see your dentist for cleanings and checkups twice a year. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and look for cavities, but they will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.
A talent is a natural endowment of a person. It is an ability that one has. We all
have this special ability, but we are not always so good at identifying what it is.
Every single child is gifted and every child has challenges. Every child is an individual, with special social, emotional, intellectual, and physical qualities. Children are unique. They are individuals and no two children are alike. They are unique in their own way and this must be understood by their parents and teachers and consequently their individuality needs to be respected.
Even a young child with a gift for visual thinking might draw pictures well. He can use line, shape, and colour to communicate ideas to draw a masterpiece. Thus drawing, painting, diagramming, mapping might be the ways through which this young child expresses himself best. By inventing different ways to explore a subject and providing many ways to express themselves, all children should be given at a few chances to express themselves in the areas they are interested in.
Talents need openings to develop. If no opportunity arises for a skill to flourish, it may remain suppressed throughout a child’s formative years, after which it may be too late to develop it to its full potential. It’s important to provide a plethora of opportunities for the child so that his hidden inherent talent can blossom. It can be done by introducing the child to different topics, games, skills and activities and then provide him /her help to pursue them.
Praise and encouragement go a long way in developing a child’s recognized talents. Let the child feel that elders around him/her are proud of his/her abilities. They must show their interest in the subject of their passion. Elders should look out for opportunities for him/her to demonstrate his/her skills. Parents should provide alternate resources and other support such as courses, competitions and equipment.
When nurturing a talent in the child, every opportunity should be taken to broaden and enrich his/her understanding of the subject, as this will guide and inspire him/her. A talent can be converted into a profession if it is worth pursuing and can also be enjoyed. So if a child is drawn towards it, it’s a natural talent. He/she should be encouraged to pursue it. Let the child explore projects and games that involve patterns, matching and experiments to ignite curiosity in the child.
Verbal proficiency can be an early sign of a gifted child. It is also a key to success in other aspects of life. The child should be encouraged to write letters to family and friends. He/she should be encouraged to visit play centres specifically designed for hands on exploration. As parents/mentors, we need to encourage the child’s creativity in whatever form it takes. Provide a budding artist with plenty of materials to stretch his/her imagination. Experiment with science projects. Play music and sing songs. Take the child to play and concerts listen to their fantastic tales and provide props for their performances.
A child’s success in life is largely based on his happiness and sense of accomplishment. Let him explore his choices and interest and become what he wants be with your support, guidance and motivation.
Save Electricity Save Earth
We take pride in the advancement that we have achieved so far and one of the most potent inventions of the 21st century is electricity and its importance in our life is unquestionable.
We need electricity at every moment and in every walk of life. Electricity is considered the soul and the life without which the entire world remains dead and dormant.
Our health, education, cooking, washing clothes, transport, agriculture, engineering and other technical activities all are now conditioned by electricity.
The surgeon in the operation theatre, the engineer in the factory, the motor-mechanic in the garage, the officer in the office, the passengers at the railway platform, all are enjoying the service rendered by electricity.
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken. The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.
We cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around us, what we do make a difference and we have to decide what kind of a difference we want to make.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. Saving electricity is the need of the hour. It means that we should use it when necessary and should avoid wasting it.
There are many ways of saving electricity like turning off lights when leaving a room, replacing conventional bulbs with energy saving bulbs and use of other appliances that use less energy. The other ways to save electricity are-
• Set your electrical geyser’s thermostat at 55 ° C to 60 ° C.
• Switch off the lights when they are not needed.
• Use fewer bulbs with higher wattages. For instance, one 100 watt bulb produces the same light as two 60 watt bulbs.
• Dimming switches reduce electricity consumption.
• Use the correct heaters. Infrared electricity heaters are the most energy efficient heaters.
• Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) instead of ordinary bulbs.
• Use low-energy lamps for exterior lighting.
• A front loading washing machine uses less water and costs less to operate.
• Make sure you have a full load before washing.
• Select the shortest possible washing programme.
• Use pressure cookers when preparing food that takes a long time to cook.
• Small pots on large plates waste electricity.
• Do not use pots with distorted bottoms.
• Switch off the plates or oven before food is fully cooked.
• Keep oven doors closed until food is cooked.
• Do not preheat the oven. It isn’t necessary to preheat the oven except for food requiring high temperatures and slow cooking times.
• Glass and ceramic pans retain heat better than metal pans.
• Use the microwave to cook small to medium quantities of food.
• Don’t open the door unnecessarily and make sure the seal is intact.
• Turn off an empty refrigerator when going on holiday.
• Let hot foods cool down before placing them in the refrigerator.
• Defrost fridges regularly. A build-up of ice reduces operating efficiency and increases running costs.
The advantages of saving electricity include lesser electricity bills, lesser use of fossil fuels which consequently reduces air pollution and also lesser chances of radioactive pollution.
Never ever consider yourself as powerless as its one person’s passion that translates into a voice of change that is supported by a small group so not once doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Our thoughts and actions will help us to save ourselves from destruction.
It’s time to act now as the time for pondering is over and do your bit by remembering that the ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
Saving our planet, lifting people out of reverie, selfishness, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security, and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
All of it begins with our willingness to do something to change our present state and at the same time think for the future generations as in the words of David Bower, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Sleep is important for everyone be it a toddler, pre-schooler, teenager or for that matter an adult. It is a widely accepted fact that a good sleep is important for good health. Other benefits of good sleep are memory consolidation, better learning, improved emotional processing, proper brain functioning, enhanced cerebral functions such as memory, reasoning, and problem-solving and successful performance of daily tasks.
With such immense benefits, it is likely that nap or siesta i.e. a short sleep especially during the day is a crucial time for a child’s development and rejuvenation. Memory is a faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information. Although there are no rote ways of learning in pre-school teaching; it’s all experiential yet it is very important that methods and means should be devised where the Pre-schoolers are assisted in their quest for knowledge. According to a recent study it has been found that nap helps a pre-schooler in numerous ways and one of them being boosting their memory, the developmental aspect that would impact their learning abilities to a greater extent.
From the early childhood, sleep is important as the baby’s sleep pattern influences his/her cognitive development. According to the latest findings, it has been established that there is a great co-relation between vocabulary (i.e., language development) and sleep pattern in pre-schoolers as short night sleep duration are linked to their poor cognitive performance as they enter the formal school. Thus the naps besides reducing sleepiness enhance memory integration, i.e., solidification of previously learned information and improvement of subsequent learning. The researchers found that the children recalled 10% more of the items’ locations following a nap than when they had been kept awake, showing that the nap was the factor that had strengthened the memories. Thus naps can improve memory and support learning in preschool. Recent findings also suggest that naptime during the preschool day should be encouraged. It’s important to recognize that these naps are actually serving academic goals of preschool as they play a critical role in consolidating memory and augmenting learning in young children. The children who didn’t nap were simply inattentive or unmotivated.
Researches have also found that there is a bidirectional link between sleep and emotions, and poor sleep is often associated with poor mental health. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that toddlers between two and half and three and a half years old who miss only a single daytime nap show more anxiety, less joy and interest and a proper understanding of how to solve problems. Napping promotes more appropriate and mature responses to differing stimuli. Children taking naps respond more positively to positive stimuli, and less negative to negative/neutral stimuli compared with children deprived of napping. Insufficient sleep over a period of time may put them at risk for developing lifelong mood-related disorders.
There have been many studies that maintain that our sleep patterns as babies most definitely impact our efficiency in our adult life. Thus daytime nap is not just a decadent luxury but helps to boost brain performance not only in the pre-schoolers but also in people of all ages, regardless of how well they slept at night.
Why Pre School Is Interesting For Toddlers
It is a common conception that the toddlers i.e. children who do not even know how to walk properly or take care of their basic needs should be sent to school because at such a tender age say about 1.8 years, he/she cannot take the burden of academic fulfilments.
Moreover, pre-school is viewed as a place where a child is either singing, dancing, playing with toys, looking and learning through the smart board, engaged in some craft activity or involved in some inter-class competition all the time and these can be achieved at home too.
If a toddler is sent to school then the child enjoys the above-stated activities but they are deemed as time pass. But it is at the preschool age that the youngsters develop most of the connections in their brain.
These connections make a child curious thus he explores, contributes in circle time, he would learn by watching others, he would socialize thus get along with the other children, he would develop interpersonal skills, he would develop pre-reading skills and vocabulary by hearing new words from his peers and mentors and he would also learn social behavior management skills.
These kids enjoy going to school as it becomes a place for them where they gain a sense of self, explore, experiment, converse, play with their peers, and build confidence.
Children start to seek answers to the questions of things that they see around them. They ask questions that can even leave an adult amazed for example from where do the clouds get water in them? Do birds have toys just like them?
The best way a child learns is through activities. The great philosopher, Confucius has rightly related the acquisition of understanding and knowledge directly to living and experiencing and said that “I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand’. So very true.
if we tell a child the facts, he would not be able to understand but if those facts are supported by an activity, learning is immediate. Thus a child enjoys story time, playing with blocks. Having fun with these activities is what motivates the students to go to school thus a pre-school is not for achieving academic milestones but providing opportunities to these kids be imaginative, creative and social.
As stated earlier singing and the playing are the two most popular activities that pull students to pre-school. Singing, in particular, encourages speech and language development, enhances communication and vocabulary. A child struggling with numbers can improve upon his learning of numbers if trained through song.
Also playing different kinds of games not only advances his curiosity but also develops problem-solving skills and teamwork.
Thus it is important that a child is a pre-schooler before starting his formal education as he not only enjoys being in school but at the same time develops the foundation for lifelong learning and that really makes all the difference in terms of academic attainments later on in his life when he becomes a formal school learner.
Fun Activities To Keep Your Child Physically Strong
Getting a child involved in fun activities in today’s scenario is quite a difficult task as the children are hooked to digital games and activities that are upgraded almost every day to keep the young children attracted to those digital games.
But the helplessness of the parents is that they really can’t blame the kids, can them. So how do we want to solve this impasse? Put a ban on digital devices for your child. But that again is not a feasible idea as it may backfire. In fact, it may increase the rebellious behavior in the child and he will specifically not do exactly what you ask of them and at the same time, we can’t let our child grow up unfit and unhealthy.
At the same time, it is vital for us to prevent health problems such as being under/overweight in our kids from a young age.
The young kids are passionate about video games. So we as parents need to make exercises fun to make him feel positive, happy, and good in a way that digital activities never could.
Dance is the simplest and the most fun-filled activity to do to get that daily cardio workout. It is an eternal favorite activity with kids. Just put on some music, get some preferably healthy snacks. You could just do this during family time with your children.
A Few Simple And Easy Ways To Keep Particularly Kids Healthy Are-
Follow the leader:
When playing this game, you’ll be the leader and it’s the easiest way to get a good workout done by your kids. Make sure to include exercises like jumping, kicks, running, etc.
A simple game of tag where you chase your children and when you catch someone, they then have to do the chasing, is a fun old-school option for a workout.
Capture The Flag:
This is a classic game that is definitely sure to keep your kids busy and active for a long time. Gather up your kid’s friends and take them to a vast space with plenty of closed spaces to hide.
Divide them into two teams and give each team a flag that they would have to hide which the other team would have to find. If anyone catches a member of the opposite team on their team’s land they’re put on a time-out until touched by one of their own team members.
Hopscotch is a good game that can be played both indoor (using floor tiles as markers) and outdoors (with chalk on a sidewalk or pavement). Keep making the hopscotch course bigger and bigger to keep your kids active and excited by all that jumping
Pop, pop, pop!
All you have to do for this is blow some bubbles out in your garden and ask your kid to run around popping all of them.
Another variation of this game is not letting the balloon touch the ground (without holding it for more than a second at a time).
A few measures can be taken into consideration to ensure the safety and security of the child while he/she enjoys the activities outside the confines of a room and the gadgets.
1. Find a fun activity. Help your child find a sport that he /she will enjoy. The more he/she enjoys the activity, the more likely she will continue it. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.
2. Choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate. Soccer, bicycle riding, and swimming are all appro¬priate activities.
3. Plan ahead. Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.
4. Provide a safe environment. Make sure your child’s equipment and chosen site for the sport or activity are safe. Make sure your child’s clothing is comfortable and appropriate.
5. Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.
6. Be a role model. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves.
7. Play with your child. Help her learn a new sport.
8. Turn off the TV. Limit TV watching and computer use for not more than 1 to 2 hours of total screen time, including TV, videos, computers, and video games, each day.
9. Make time for exercise. Some children are so overscheduled with homework and other planned activities that they do not have time for exercise so it’s your responsibility to help your child strategize for the inclusion of game/activity in his/her regimented routine.
5 Qualities That Every Child Should Have
Quality is defined as a degree of excellence and it would be just wonderful if all the students are just perfect having all the qualities that are classified as perfect but that the harsh truth is that not all students are endowed with the capabilities. It is because all the students are different. Some are good in academics, some in music, some in painting, some in dance, some in computers, some in oratory, some in writing and the list is endless.
But if they have some quality then It does not mean that they may be pampered and no corrective action must be taken against their wrong behaviors, but we should find the cause and try to rectify it before imposing our dictate on them. Most of the time teachers, parents, and society at large want to bring best out of the students but in their own way. But in this quest sometimes they are harmed more than they are benefitted.
Everyone learns from his own life lesson and this holds true of every student. Sometimes even good students act in a very unexpected and unwarranted manner therefore whatever field a child chooses, he needs to have some qualities that will make him unique. A few said qualities have to be inculcated in the child from his childhood so that whatever his preferred area; he is competent enough of attaining success and glory.
The Qualities That Make Students Endearing To Everyone Parents, Teachers, Society, And Nation Are-
1. Discipline and Focus – These are the most desiring qualities in a child. Discipline can be instructional or self -initiated to become righteous and honorable and it can be done by following instructions of teachers, parents, and coaches in his/her day-to-day life. The focus is yet another quality that needs to be developed in a child.
It should be perceived as a verb wherein the child is paying particular attention to the area of interest and the child is not afraid of hardships in the way of gaining success. He/she should always focus on the end result of completing the task in hand with perfection so as to reach the pinnacle of success in his/her life later on.
2. Participate in Sports and Extra-
curricular Activities: As a hallmark of a good student he/she must participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities as the participation in them help in perfect synchronization of mind, body, and soul. A healthy mind lives in a healthy body and it most certainly assists in the holistic development of the child and consequently good habits and a balanced life.
3. Experiential learning- Another key quality in a child to be developed is the quest for experiential learning i.e. learning by doing and hands-on training and it is a proven fact that knowledge acquired through such measures is retained for a longer time. Their horizons widen if a child develops keen observation as it breeds knowledge, knowledge breeds understanding and understanding breeds wisdom.
With this wisdom is developed the art of questioning, the mark of a curious mind that is always a working and analytical. Thus learning by doing, keen observation and asking right questions equip a child with the ability to handle almost all situations of life with élan.
4. Taking Ownership- Of self, society & community- This is another desirable quality that a child must possess. A child should take responsibilities without backing off from his responsibilities. They should be guided to take ownership of their faults but share their success with everyone.
They must be nurtured with a deep sense of respect for society and culture and the law of the land. They should be sensitized towards community services particularly in the situations of natural calamities such as earthquake, flood, and draught wherein they should be working selflessly and offer their services to their fellow being if the duty towards the country so demands.
5. Keen learner- As it is said that a man is a learner throughout his life thus a student should always remain in pursuit of knowledge. But this learning should not be confined to academics alone rather it should cover all the aspects that aid in the holistic development of a child as learning is the beautification of both the inner and the outer world that becomes more profound when a child learns, he aspires to learns more and that it what develops him into child with a good quality.
Thus the basic fact remains that the qualities in a child is not the responsibility of the child alone but it’s our collective responsibility as a parent, guardian and a teacher is to imbibe in them the qualities that we aspire to see in our children and the simplest and easy way is to be the role models for the future generation.
You may have encountered your child struggling with retaining some information while engaged with in something else. Due to the monotony of the task at hand, the child may not be able to focus or the attention span is too short lived to be used in a gainful manner.
Working memory thus refers to the manipulation of information that short-term memory stores. It’s needed for tasks like following multi-step directions and there are many ways through which you can increase your child’s memory
1. Play focus games & exercises to build attention
It a accepted norm that children learn more by playing so it should be our conscious effort to try and make their activities more fun. Keep away gadgets, tablets and computers from children and allow them to play with toys, develop activities that improve attention and concentration. Train and strengthen a child’s ability to concentrate and focus by playing concentration games that require thinking, planning and the use of memory as Crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and card games. These games actually improve attention for words, numbers and pictures. In fact in younger children picture puzzles work the best. The child has to look for things that are ‘wrong’ in the picture or look for hard-to-find objects—also improve attention and increase concentration. Sequencing is another such activity that provides a strong link between sequencing and concentration e.g. following recipes, setting the table and putting things in alphabetical order are great activities for kids who have concentration difficulties.
2. Prepare a distraction-free environment
Some children respond well in an environment that is soothing and calming but other children may thrive in an environment that has a lot of hustle and bustle. Understanding what kind of environment your child prefers to study is, the first step to increase concentration level in him/her.
The factors that can contribute in making a perfect environment for enhancing focus are
- Ambience –It is just providing a place for the kid to be work with focus with the task at hand
- Gadgets –Switch off all gadgets including televisions, iPods, cell phones etc. or keep them in a different room to avoid distractions.
- Reachable material – Keeping everything handy homework books, crayons, textbooks, pencils and even water can be kept on the table or nearby would give minimal scope for your child to get up and get distracted . All these help kids improve focus and increase attention!
3. Feed them greens & healthy food
It is a known fact that food has direct impact on a person and that applies to the kids as well .Thus Eating healthy food has a direct link to how well a child concentrates and there are different foods that help increase a child’s concentration. Eating junk food or food rich in sugar makes a child sluggish while food rich in proteins such as almonds, eggs and lean meat have the ability to raise awareness and increase concentration levels!
Children have increased their intake of junk food and aerated drinks. The intake of such foods gives them an unhealthy dose of sugar which can lead to a “crash” of energy later on the contrary eating Green food as eating toast and baked beans for breakfast increases cognition. Experts say that eating greens and fruits inject the body with antioxidants which in turn boost the brain power.
4. Fix a routine to follow
It is important to maintain a schedule for your child, even if it is a more flexible one. This not only helps with time management but also helps program your child’s brain to know when he has to study and this in turn helps to increase the child’s concentration in studies
5. Naps and breaks boost concentration
Most children are able to concentrate best after a good nights’ rest but a power nap for twenty minutes after school or in the afternoon may also assist increase concentration. Wash room breaks, hunger pangs, getting up again and again on pretext of getting things for work etc. should be taken care of before the study time begins as they have the tendency to hinder concentration.
6. Divide bigger tasks into smaller tasks
Studying an entire chapter in one go may prove quite difficult for a child. It is suggested to break it down into pages or even paragraphs so that the child feels a sense of accomplishment for finishing a small task and this will motivate him to continue on.
- Understand your child’s method of learning (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic)
All children have a different way of learning. Some children process information easily when they see it, some when they hear it and some when they have practical knowledge of it and can touch it. Therefore it is important to understand which category your child falls under, because this will help them understand information better and the learning will be more long term than short term.
- Set short time goals for better concentration
Set a time limit for the completion of a goal. If it is studying, then you can say that a certain number of pages need to be done within twenty minutes. Another thing to keep in mind is that while some children thrive under time goals, other children might feel pressurized and may start feeling anxious and lose focus.
The other ways that may help in increasing the concentration of the children are
· Set up a reward system
· Allow time for distractions
· Use their energy effectively
· Try deep breathing and imagery
Like any skill, concentration can be improved and made automatic. The trick is to be consistent. Memory-boosting tricks and games are a few ways to help you child improve but if the child continues to have significant difficulties with working memory then it is suggested to undergo an attention evaluation to resolve the issue or seek an expert advise on the matter.