With endless amounts of energy and incredibly short attention spans, keeping kids focused on a specific task can be challenging. At B&C Aquatics, we pride ourselves on cultivating an environment and curriculum that provides children with the best opportunity to master and retain the skills we teach! Below are three tips to help keep kids focused.
Boredom can be one of the biggest culprits in a loss of focus. When children find the task laid out for them intellectually of physically not stimulating, they may choose to place their attention elsewhere, like joking with fellow swimmers in the pool or doing destructive behaviors that could potentially hurt them or a fellow swimmer.
To avoid these scenarios it’s important to deliver your lesson plan in a fun way. For example, teaching kids how to hold their breath can be more fun if they have toys they must retrieve from the bottom of the pool. Teaching basic concepts through fun games helps hold the child’s attention span, while still going over key concepts.
Utilize Focus Foods
Certain foods are better suited for the task of keeping our attention span than others. A correct diet optimizes our brain function. So, how do you achieve this?
- Your diet should be balanced (i.e., whole grains, fruits and veggies and lots of protein);
- Always eat breakfast;
- And avoid meals high in sugar, which cause your insulin levels to spike.
Maintain an Organized Space
Operating in an organized space creates less confusion and distraction, reduces the chance of injury and helps create the best possible environment for learning. For instance, when it comes to your home, an organized space for your child to put on their jacket and shoes for school or having a tidy place for a child to complete their homework promotes productivity and gives them the best chance for success.