One might imagine a focused child as one with the ability to sit still and stay on task in response to direction, but actually it’s active engagement and experimentation that allow young brains to become focused! Kids’ brains develop through moving in and out of play, discovering their interests, and learning for themselves when and how to direct and shift their focus.
This week at story time we’ll read about children in motion, engaging with their worlds and developing focus along the way. During playtime we’ve got a great tool for play and attention – binoculars! We’ll practice looking through a limited frame to help us take in what’s around us. And as always, we’ll move at the kids’ pace and let them deeply engage with whatever captures their attention. As adults, we’ll observe and wonder.
If you are interested in supporting your child’s growing ability to focus, here are five ways that Tinkergarten suggests that you can do this, and none of them have to do with sitting still!
Observe more – noticing patterns in kids’ play is a great way to identify their focus.
Feed interests – interested kids are much more likely to go deep with their play.
Wonder out loud – this helps kids maintain a curious and alert state—the basis for attention.
Let kids lead – if we tell them what to focus on and when, we take away their opportunity to learn how to do it.
Discern when to chat – conversation requires more from kids than adults, so keep this in mind to support their uninterrupted focus.
We look forward to sharing story time with all of you!
Amy and Polly
Cook Memorial story time (outside on the lawn behind the library)
Each Tuesday at 10:30 am