Print By the middle of the school year, you may notice a shift in the concentration levels of your 4- or 5-year-old.
Henry Holt and company, Learning, by itself, cannot happen without concentration. Whether we are learning to tie our shoes, write our name, wash a car or solve complex algebraic equations, there is intense concentration specific to the task at hand.
Maria Montessori understood the power of concentration, and her methodology is designed to nurture this power. In this, the first of a two-part article, we explore the importance of concentration in early childhood.
Nurturing Concentration in the Montessori Child in the First Plane of Development Montessori observed that the formative stage of concentration occurs from birth to about the age of three.
I recently had the pleasure of watching my nine-month old niece discover a piece of adhesive tape. As she tried to pull it off the fingers of one hand, it stuck to the fingers of the other.
As she alternated between hands, her inquisitiveness and delight was apparent to all who observed this new experience. Wisely, her parents did not rush to take it away from her, though they were watchful, fearing she might put in her mouth.
Rather, they sat nearby waiting until the adhesive strength lessened, thus ending her concentration. My niece spent minutes in intense concentration to this new sensorial experience. Concentration in infants is a fragile thing.
A whimper suddenly demands that new toys be offered, a frown means a change of scenery is required. Concentration is broken by the adult trying to shift the focus of the child.
Montessori, The Absorbent Mind. All of these build on focus and concentration, with some activities requiring fifteen minutes or more to complete. In the Montessori classroom and home, there is a deep respect for the child. In the Montessori environment it is rare that a child is interrupted while he is focused on his work.
It is understandable that there will be times when a child must be interrupted. However, at these times, it is ideal to let the child know ahead of time, for example: We will need to stop playing in the puddle and clean up in 5 minutes.
After lunch, we can come back and play some more. Combined, these can create an overabundance of sensory stimulation. Maintaining a calm, controlled, prepared Montessori environment and a clear approach to reducing distractions and sensory overload is an important task of the Montessori caregiver.
This directed approach is designed to foster the power of concentration in children, so that they may grow to become happy, independent, and fulfilled adults.Getting a child with ADHD to concentrate can be a real challenge. Here are some easy and fun strategies to help your child improve his ability to focus.
Kids with ADHD can be easily distracted or daydreamy. To help your child improve focus, try giving him directions while passing a ball back and.
This helps to wire up the part of the brain responsible for maintaining concentration and setting goals. The Tools of the Mind philosophy is that every child can become a . Discuss how the Montessori Education helps to develop a child’s concentration and helps the child in his social development.
In order to accomplish any task you need to be able to concentrate your mind for a time, it is a basic requirement for learning or socializing. Yet, helping children develop self-discipline, effective focus strategies and concentration skills at an early age is a basis for long-term success in high school, college and the professional working world.
“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior, he must find out how to concentrate, and for this he needs things to .
There is a saying, "In order for a child to develop concentration, you have to have something to concentrate on." Our society actually has moved to the exact opposite. The components of a multimedia, multi-digital world and technology providing constant audio and visual stimulation lead to more ways to compete for attention.