The ability to maintain focus on reading is essential to comprehension. So how do you teach/convey focus?
My suggestion is to start with a short period of reading time and verbal reflection. Increase the amount of reading time as comprehension develops.
Recently a young lad reading my book was asked what he liked best. He replied, “I liked the dog.”
There is no dog in the book. There is a cat-like ball of light that acts like a pet.
I’ve come to the realization that many of our youth scan the words which often gives them an unclear picture of the story or articles’ meaning.
There are other ways to increase focus. Here is a listing of a few toys that help. Paddle balls – Bop It – Cosmic Catch – Pick Up Sticks – and Jacks. All of these games strengthen hand eye coordination. Eye and mind focus are vital for handwriting and reading. For the young ones you could roll a ball back and forth between you and the child or have him toss the ball into the air and catch it.
We live in a world of short attention spans where our needs are met in an instant. The battle for focus is worth fighting.
What are your experiences?