Double checking is just one way to help improve focus. Here are several additional activities that develop focus.
Correct head and neck posture
Gross motor exercises as well as PE and recess – These could include activities like:
- crab walking (performed by sitting on the ground with knees bent and palms down,
- then the hips are raised off the floor and the child crawls in a tummy-facing-up position),
- standard crawling on all fours,
- playing catch,
- playing hopscotch,
- singing songs with rhythmic hand movements,
- playing marching band,
- using a hula hoop.
Improve the Sensory System
Games emphasizing discriminative use of the sensory system – Try “I spy with my little eye” for sense of vision and listening for different instrument in an orchestra for auditory sensation. A sensory box with small toys or objects placed in rice or beans develops the tactile system and increases focused attention.
Stimulate Memory and Problem Solving
Play non-competitive games emphasizing memory – These could include:
- the actual game of memory,
- hiding small items under cups
- using Mr. Potato Head parts to remember what is missing (lay out the eyes, nose and lips…the ears are missing).
Another game is to write the alphabet on paper plates with the letter facing down. The student then selects a plate at random and puts it in order.
Increase Mental Flow
Calm, focus, and attention span are all related brain activities. Distractions are reflected in the breath. Breathing deeply and calmly can help managing thinking. Calm means restful alertness.
Try it. Enough said.
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