How Can I Help My Homeschooled Child Stay Focused on Schoolwork?
What can you do when your homeschooled child won't focus on schoolwork? Staying on task is important during school time, regardless of whether a child attends home school or traditional school. In my years of experience as a parent and homeschool teacher, kids always like variety in education. The idea of doing schoolwork all day isn't exactly appealing to many of them when done the traditional way. But there are several things parents and homeschool teachers can do when kids aren't focusing. Here are some homeschool tips and advice for when kids won't focus.
Books are a necessary and amazing source of knowledge for kids, but a well-rounded curriculum will include variety. Utilize books, worksheets, the computer, videos, manipulatives, board games, outdoor activities, outside classes, field trips, experiments, and more to create a varied curriculum. Doing the same thing day after day can create a lack of interest in studying and learning. If a child is disinterested and unfocused, he or she is not going to learn anything, no matter how many times someone tells them.
Take a Break
Sometimes a few minutes of downtime can help an unfocused child regain some interest and composure. Children in homeschool have the advantage of being able to attend school at any time of the day. If your kid just is not cooperating at all, wait until later. Find that perfect moment when your child is interested in something and use that as learning time instead. This flexibility in homeschool can help avoid parent (or teacher) and child frustration.
If the kid without focus has recently transitioned to homeschool from traditional school, respect that. Perhaps your child has moved on to the next level or you've changed the schedule. Because the environment has changed, the child's mind may need some time to adjust. Ease the child into the transition by starting with smaller lessons and increasing study time to the ideal amount as needed. Because you are homeschooling, you can always add extra lessons to catch the child up later, if needed.
Add Some Fun
Does your homeschool day consists of all books and paper? Add some fun to the curriculum. This is not to say that books can't be fun, but they shouldn't be the only source of lessons. This falls in line with adding variety. But it also means you can use games and things the kids enjoy to enhance their interest, as well as their educational experiences. One example of that is in an article I wrote recently entitled “Use Basketball to Enhance Study Time." In that instance, I explained how parents can use the game of basketball to help their kids study and learn.
Get Some Exercise
Fitness has long been a proven method to get that brain working. As mentioned above, certain sports can be used to enhance study skills. Fitness can be used during any time of the day. Start off the day with some brain power yoga, like what I mentioned in the previous article "Using Yoga for Concentration and Focus in the Homeschool Classroom." Anytime anyone is frustrated or unfocused, take a fitness break. Go for a nature walk, head to the park, play a family sport, do some yoga, go for a bike ride - whatever your family enjoys. Remember to rotate between activities to keep it interesting.
Boost that Brain Power with Puzzles and Games
Brain boosting activities are a fun and exciting way to keep kids focused. Did you know that solving puzzles and playing memory skill games can help increase focus skills and even your kid's IQ? Reading is the only activity that causes new brain cells to grow. Combine that with puzzle solving and (such as with crossword puzzles, logic games, and word searches) you not only are increasing study skills and focus, but actually causing new brain cells to grow. Since these puzzles are fun for the kids, why not integrate them into the curriculum. That's part of the homeschool advantage. You have the ability to use innovative learning methods. Use them to boost your child's brain power and ability to focus.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Why Yoga Helps Kids Concentrate, Which Poses Work, and Other Tips
Yoga has long been known for calming and rejuvenating effects. But, did you know that many researchers and scientists agree about the benefits of yoga on memory, concentration, and focus? Because of this, my kids and I start the homeschool day with yoga. I feel that memory, focus, and concentration poses help to prepare the kids minds for lessons and learning. There are numerous scientific studies that state these benefits of yoga to the mind, including on Alzheimer's patients. According to Wired Science, yoga can increase GABA levels in the brain. These increased GABA levels can help counteract anxiety and other neuropathic conditions. TheABC-Of-Yoga.com goes into further detail about yoga and the nervous system.
Yoga Poses Beneficial to Memory, Focus, and Concentration
YogaJournal.com gives excellent instructions that include pictures for those not familiar with how to do each pose. I am listing here the poses that are the easiest for the homeschool children to do. If your homeschooled child is at an advanced level in yoga, there are more listed at YogaJournal.com.
Tips on Using Yoga For Concentration, Memory, and Focus
Use Native American Music - We have found that combining yoga with Native American spiritual music adds to the effect of yoga. There are many studies that agree and music has long been practiced by the Native American culture as a way to heal the mind and body.
Do the Yoga Before Other Homeschool Classes - In our experience, we have found that yoga helps to enhance focus, relaxation, memory, and concentration skills. Since these skills will come in handy throughout the homeschool day, it is best to have yoga "class" before other school subjects.
Consider a Private Instructor or a Class at a Gym - Those who have never done yoga before or want to advance to higher levels may consider taking classes at a local gym or through a private instructor. This could be in addition to the yoga done during the homeschool day or the instructor may come during the homeschool session.
Use Yoga in Combination With Positive Discipline - If kids test you during homeschool, use yoga in combination with positive discipline. Learn more about using positive discipline here. Yoga is a great exercise to use when a child has lost focus during a homeschool class. Not only can it help the child reflect on any misbehaviors if applicable, but it can also help that child regain focus and relax the nerves to allow for concentration on studies.
Focus Less on How Perfect the Pose is and More on Relaxation - A child may take longer to get the pose right than anticipated. Unless the child is doing the yoga pose in such a way that he or she could get injured, don't worry too much. If the yoga is practiced as a daily homeschool routine, the child will eventually get the pose right. This homeschool time with yoga is more about concentration, memory, focus, and relaxation than skills or abilities.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Last updated on 12/11/2020
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