How to help our child concentrate
The first day of school is an experience that marks a deep break for the family. Both children and parents are called to structure themselves in different roles and the child, prepared during the nursery school to face organized and orderly moments in school activity, must measure himself against a new environment and concentrate.
It will be an exciting path in which to grow, in sociability and study, that children will learn to internalize gradually, based on individual characteristics and times and to gradually dedicate more time to learning than playing.
This kindergarten-school transition is often accompanied by small inconveniences to be monitored and controlled in accordance with the teachers and other figures who come into contact with your child through the school facilities. Signals such as delay in language, reading, difficulty in writing or the tendency to reverse numbers and letters must always be kept under close observation to understand to what extent it is an environmental problem and nothing else.
Frequently, especially in this phase of growth, it is the difficulty of children to concentrate, that is, to close themselves in front of external stimuli that tend to distract them in order to devote themselves to a single activity that requires intellectual commitment.
To support your child, in agreement with the teachers who follow him during school hours, study a program that trains him to maintain attention. Here are just some indications that you will always have to discuss with teachers and pediatricians.
1) establish a table that dictates times, spaces and ways to do homework by trying to close the school system in one interval and study in another;
2) a difficult test will be that of not letting your little one be tempted by distractions: in his bedroom there will be games, books, buildings and everything that has been there for him and his playful activities. If you have a small table on which he drew, try to replace it with a small desk and to make these different components of his new life coexist in his environment;
3) show how the notions learned at school can give him autonomy: reading will allow him alone, to enjoy the comics that until now were not a thing for him or to calculate the number of his stuffed animals or to be able to access the games when he grows up, like checkers or chess;
4) if you have the (always excellent) habit of reading your child a fairy tale before going to bed, progress. Choose with him, among the texts indicated for his age, a book to read to him in the evening and to comment together asking him in the evening to report quickly to educate him to fix information and to follow a more articulated story than the fairy tale;
5) sport, compatibly with the school, facilitates the attitude towards organization by imposing a discipline on the child. Team players who help the child to be less individualistic and to measure themselves against the rules of the group are preferred;
6) children need time to recover after spending energy at school to adapt to this new system. It is therefore fundamental to give them the right rules to eat properly and rest properly. They are children, not adults and should be treated as such.