It’s the start of a New Year and your kids are probably all coming down off an epic sugar high and are adjusting to the routine of getting back in to school. New presents litter the house and, with so many fun distractions at home, it can be difficult for kids to stop and shut out the noise to get the dreaded homework done. Here are some handy tips from Áine at Cortechs for How To Get Your Child to Pay Attention for Homework:
We know more than anyone at Cortechs that getting the routine and focus back into the regime can be hard…..so here are our 5 tips to help improve your little ones focus to adjust for a new year of learning.
#1. Bye-Bye Distractions
Lay the law down of having no technology turned on until ALL study has been completed. Impossible, you say? If you try leading by example and reducing your own phone use at this time then it will be easier for the kids to adapt the same behaviour.
Harry and Co. will be there waiting for them when they are done.. there may be initial withdrawals adjusting to the new routing but they will eventually pass!
#2. Train them young
Learning new habits takes time and focus and quality study time is important. The sooner you get your kids to come round to this way of thinking then the simpler it is to maintain that habit. Get them trained young.
A great way to do this is to get the younger kids sitting down alongside the older siblings when the elders are studying – the younger ones can read or colour or do some other learning activity during ‘study time’ to establish it as a fixed time to study and learn. They might not last the whole study time while little but it’s a great starting point.
#3. Bitesize chunks
Big projects can be overwhelming to young children in those early days when they haven’t mastered how to tackle enormous tasks. A great strategy to help increase your child’s concentration is to split that big task at hand up into smaller pieces.
Breaking the task down into bitesize chunks will give your child a sense of progress and achievement as the chunks are finally completed.
They also get the buzz out of completing each small piece of work.
#4. Goals are Gold
Goals are a fantastic way to increase your child’s ability to focus – and healthy incentives can do no harm as long as it is rewarding and not bribery :)! When your child makes his own goals (when guided by you with rewards set in place for reaching them) then they can become a great motivation for learning.
Star charts are a great way to monitor progress. Maybe agree with your child something that you can both do together as a quality reward for goals reached. Just make sure that the goals you set are manageable for your child’s ability and age so they don’t lose interest or get frustrated.
#5. Set a fixed homework space
Designate a space in your home for the children to do their homework at. Ideally, this space should have a table or desk with plenty of room for your children schoolbooks, pens and papers with anything else they need close at hand.
This is most effective when this space is located in a quieter area of your home where distractions are minimised.
Cortechs are passionate about smart gaming designed around neuroscience. They use brain powered play with brainwaves as a powerful tool to modify behaviours in distracted kids that want to improve their focus which can be of particular benefit to children with ADHD or autism too.
Neurofeedback is a way of changing the way your brain works. It does not involve anything invasive – it is based on learning and trains the brain to modify behaviours around attention and relaxation. In essence, neurofeedback allows you to learn how to gain more control over the way your brain works and it uses your brainwaves to do this. Cortechs are the first to make neurofeedback mobile and deliverable in its games. We couple our brainwave technology with fun healthy gaming to target behaviours such as attention and relaxation.