8 simple rules to help children concentrate at daycare
Food is an important element which has a direct impact on children's moods and concentration. Try to choose foods with high nutritional value and little or no sugar according to the Canadian Food Guide.
Snacks : Fruits and vegetable
Balanced Meal : 4 food groups
Beverages : Water and milk are recommended (avoid juice)
Dessert : Favor yogurt, fruit, purées
The human body functions and thinks more adequately when the daily liquid diet is composed of 8 to 12 glasses of fresh water.
- Allow children to drink as often as they wish
- Allow them to have a water bottle
- Provide sippy cups
- Hang a poster encouraging children to drink
- Have an aquarium or fountain (the sound of running water will stimulate their thirst)
- Create science experiments with water
- Take "water breaks"
- Inform the parents
Positive rituals help children determine the time of day.
- Circle time
- Soft objects for naptime
- Welcome routine
- Hand washing
- Tooth brushing
- Secure environment
- Repetitive activities lead to success, security,
- clear instructions and rules, be coheren
The brain retains information melted into movements, sounds, and places.
Role play is very efficient.
- Include material associated to your theme in your activities
- Act out songs
- Use puppets
- Have a theater area
Use posters or signs to help children situate themselves.
- Daily schedule
- Install charts and calendars
Children must feel safe in order to function optimally.
Organize an environment which will ensure their emotional safety.
- Warm welcome
- Offer structure (routine)
- Time to talk and exchange
- Create an ambience (music)
Positive Reinforcement through actions
- Thumbs up
- Clap in silence
Use music as background noise.
- For naptime, use relaxation music
- For transitions or cleanup time, use rhythmic music
- For story time or hand washing, use a quiet music
Guaranteed enjoyment and attention!