Learning is not an easy task for children! We let them explore the world, touch, smell, run around for five years and suddenly bring them into a classroom where they must sit on a chair for hours and are asked to keep quiet. Moreover, we expect from them to study at home when all they might want to do is have a bit of fun and relax. Fortunately, a few little tips can help their mind focus and be in good learning dispositions for everyday learning!
- Ventilate the room every half an hour
Do you know, our brain consumes 20% of our body’s oxygen when this muscle only weighs 2% of our body weight? Our brain necessitates oxygen to operate properly, and the good news is we are surrounded by it!
Open the windows as wide as you can, and let the air in, at least a few minutes every half-an-hour!
- Drink water
If your child is struggling to focus or think, offer them a drink! Drinking water regularly ease the transmission of information coming to our brain!
- Eat the right foods
Children and teenager need a specific diet to think and remember information. To train our brain, we need to offer it the required food, like B vitamins, Omega-3, and carbohydrates.
B vitamins are essential for the brain's healthy operation. You can find them in wholesome food, bananas, seafood, spinach, etc.
Omega-3 are necessary to build neurons! You can find them in oily fish (mackerel, sardine, salmon) and vegetal oils (nut oil, colza). The brain also needs carbohydrates. However, we advise honey rather than refined sugar or sweets. Indeed, fast-acting carbs lead to an overproduction of insulin, quickly followed by hypoglycaemia, that leaves you hungry.
- Good sleep
Our brain stimulates neuronal connexions and fosters memorising when we sleep. On average, children must sleep between 7 to 8 hours for the brain to mature. Poor sleep affects children's and teenagers learning process, and their aptitude to regulate their emotions.
Between TVs, tablets, computers, and phones, youngsters tend to stare at screens until late at night. Many keep their phones on and wake up to the vibrations of messages or notifications during the night.
To regulate children and teenagers screen time, you can use an alarm clock for mornings and switch off all electronic devices in the house before diner!
Stress and muscular tightness can prevent children from learning efficiently.
Writing with a pen can lead to muscular tightness and children resisting homework (and writing as a whole). Same goes with reading. This activity is not exclusively based on cerebral capacities. It is also about the left-to-right eye movement and some children feel so anxious, their eyes cannot follow the rhythm nor produce the appropriate action.
To ease these tensions a good option would be to practice relaxation. You can try several technics such as the following and figure out which suits you best!
* abdominal breathing * face massages * neck, shoulders, arms stretching * hand finger exercises.
Thanks to these tips, focusing for homework should now be easier! However, if your child fears this study time because they struggle in school, why not check our article about increasing self-confidence in children?