Strategies to keep Kids Focused at Home

Strategies to keep Kids Focused at Home

Gina Wilson

Parents, if you’re at home with your student and are struggling to keep them motivated, there are a couple of simple strategies that might help. The first is a timer. Having kids work for 5 or 10 minutes before taking a break can keep them motivated because they know a break is coming. Try to put the timer in a place where the student isn’t just staring at the seconds counting down.
Another is a simple near/far strategy, if your student tends to be dependent on you for every step of work, try telling them you are going to go … wash dishes, change the sheets, walk the dog, whatever… and when you come back (around 5 minutes) you would like them to have finished 3 steps or 3 problems. When (I’m an optimist) the child successfully completes the required number, make sure to give them positive feedback and praise. Then, try it again!
As teachers share strategies with me, I will pass them on! Have a great week!