To Pay Attention or To Be Able to Read - that is the question

As is known, preschoolers about 2 years old cannot hold their attention longer than 5-10 minutes on one subject. This time increases as the child grows, and about 5 years old reaches up to 20 minutes. The task of parents and teachers with children at an early age is to teach a child to hold their attention on one subject and to be able to bring the matter to the end. It is also to be able, in case of failure, to continue to play and, again, to try to carry out the task to the end.

That’s why we gave up the idea of ‘endless games’ in ‘A Parcel of courage’. In our ‘Mandala’, ‘Suitcase’, ‘Post’ and ‘Restaurant’ games we chose the following algorithm:

  • The correct execution of the task
  • Getting 7 stars
  • Passing Level 1
  • Passing Level 2
  • Passing Level 3
  • The grand prize

We also took into account the recommendation of scientists that the optimal duration of one session with the child should be about 15 minutes. We have thus decided on 7 tasks for each level that will keep your baby engaged for a quarter of an hour. Thus, a preschooler, passing the first level, can stop and continue later. We encourage parents to bring the child’s attention to the fact that he can finish the game later. All prizes will be saved, they can be viewed on a special page.

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All prizes will be saved, they can be viewed on a special page.

This will improve the learning effect of our games, because according to research in the field of long-term attention returning to the subject of study plays an important role in memory skills.

“Academic ability carries you a long way, but these other skills are also important,” PhD McClelland* said. “Increasingly, we see that the ability to listen, pay attention, and complete important tasks is crucial for success later in life.”

According to her research - the ability to hold one’s attention and to bring the matter to its end is also important, as well as being able to read and to understand math. The study involved 430 children. They were observed from 4 years old to 25 years old. Surprisingly, achievements in reading and math did not significantly predict whether or not the students completed college. Instead, researchers found that children who were rated higher by their parents on attention span and persistence at age 4 had nearly 50 percent greater odds of getting a bachelor’s degree by age 25.

* Megan McClelland’s research is broadly focused on optimizing children's development, especially as it relates to early social and cognitive development and school success. Her recent work has focused on the development of children's learning-related skills (including self-regulation and social competence) and academic achievement in preschool and early elementary school.

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