They will know how to listen when someone is speaking or reading a story. Here’s how to help if you think your child has difficulty paying attention:
Give your child short tasks, such as putting together a puzzle of four pieces or coloring part of a picture. When she is done, say, “You did it!” The more success she has, the more she will learn to pay attention. Make tasks longer as her attention span increases.
Try using a kitchen timer. Many children work better if they have a cue. “I’m going to set the timer for 10 minutes. I want you to make shapes from this clay until you hear the timer beep.”
Keep work areas free of clutter. Most children find it easier to concentrate without too many objects around them.
Tell your child what you expect. “We are going to read a story now. I need you to sit next to me and look at the book while I read.”
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