5 steps: How to teach your child quickly and effectively?

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Teaching children is very difficult for several reasons:

– Easy distraction

– Lack of focus

– Lack of interest in the topic




If you’re wondering what to do to get your child interested and focused on a particular topic – you’ve come to the right place!







Let’s start with the kids:

Each of us adults has different interests and preferences. One is interested in cars, the other in healthy lifestyles, the third in politics and yet another in nature. It is the same with children.



We parents, we know our children best, so we are most aware of what interests them.

Before we start thinking about how to put the child into a state of great focus, let us think about how we do it with ourselves. Have you thought about it? Now let’s focus on the whole process of introducing and maintaining focus while learning with your child.








1. Suitable location and preparation:


That’s the basis of the basics! Without this, we won’t be able to get the child to focus. The choice of the right place to study is essential. Do you sometimes feel good in a certain place and can you spend a lot of time there? Once you have found the perfect place, you still need to have a few things with you to work well. My preferred environment before writing articles is a clean and ventilated room and this goes with a few things that I call “MUST HAVE”: tea, blanket and snacks. If I manage to accompany myself with these personal essentials – I can start writing with much more focus than without them. I think this applies to all of us. Both adults and kids. Focusing on the younger ones: let them choose the right place to study and make the right preparation for it. Let them take their favourite teddy bear, favourite drink, favourite fruit… whatever they want. No matter how long it takes to prepare them – it’s important that they are ready and are in a comfortable environment.






2. Conditions:


We all like to know where we stand. Imagine you go to work and you don’t know when you’re going to finish it. You also don’t know what you’re going to do while there. Do you feel good about not knowing? It’s the same with children – they also like to know where they stand and what their work will be like. For clarity’s sake – learning is work. So what to do? The first thing is to tell them how long it will take them to learn together and whether the child is ok with this. The second thing is to introduce breaks. Suppose you set up 2 hours to study. In order for them 2 hours to be effective, it is essential to try to take at least one break or to agree with the child that he or she has to decide at which point he or she needs a short rest. The next important aspect is the learning plan, i.e. explanation of exactly what you will be learning together. And the final point is to ask for maximum focus. What is behind the word “ask” in this case? Explaining to the child that if he or she is concentrated for two hours now, he or she will get a good grade and will not have to study for longer or the next day. And what about that? More time for pleasure!







3. Interest in learning


It’s time to start learning together. Let’s give the example an example for teaching mathematics:



¼ +¼ =?



We have a simple task of adding fractions, but unfortunately our child cannot understand it. Then how can we explain it most effectively? Consider what your child is interested in and what stories he or she has told you in the past. It’s important for it to be something important, something moving, something focused and remembered. Let’s assume that recently at school your child was playing Berka with a friend. Let’s refer to this play while learning. Here’s an example:



“The last time you said you played berka with Maciek. Imagine the school. Your school has four levels: basement, ground floor, floor 1 and floor 2, so each of them is one part of the school. While playing tag with Maciek, you told me that you were only running around floor 1. Look at this as in our example. You could run in one level of four or ¼.”



That way we can help the child understand a number or a fraction. He or she will understand it with his or her own example, which is interesting for them and will they’ll be able to imagine it.










4. Variety


We’re all children. The difference is that adults are big children.

We all like music.

We all like to joke.

We all like to laugh.

We all like to play.


Let’s introduce the elements mentioned above in order to associate this time with pleasure, not compulsion. If you have a son, take a ball and play catch with him by exchanging questions about English words each time they catch it. If you have a daughter, play with her dolls, pretending that one of them is asking the other about the math task. Even a short play while learning will have a good effect on your child’s attitude to learning. The same goes for songs, short films or games – all of which will be good for your child’s perception of you as a teacher. I think every parent would like to be judged as the best teacher.







What’s the important thing to ensure all your efforts aren’t in vain?






Thank your child after all the study…

For the effort,

For patience

Tell them how proud you are and how good of a student they are. Just give them some compliments to make them feel appreciated and valued. It’s a key thing with children. You know why children are undervalued? Just by parents who have never shown their children appreciation.










Aneta Sznicer

Aneta Sznicer

Founder of Mood & Read, HR specialist, copywriter, marketer, and soon to be psychologist. I help people achieve their goals by teaching social skills. Personally, I love playing the piano, dancing and singing. Anything to do with music helps me to find myself in reality. If you listen carefully, you will be able to hear your emotions. If you are able to hear them, you will know yourself even better and stronger. Thank you for visiting my website. It is a pleasure to get to know you.

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