He just can't concentrate for more than five minutes.
He has two modes - either work is easy/he enjoys it and he doesn't have to try (he is very good at maths) or he is in his own little world (so will drag out his science project work only to realise he hasn't read the question and done completely the wrong thing).
He has some talent at raquet sports. His coach said 'my god, he really is very good - when he concentrates...'.
Can you teach a child focus and concentration? He is usually trying to do/think about lots of things at once.
I have very little focus myself whereas his dad is like a bloody terrier. Either extreme isn't great, is it?
Is there a way to 'teach' him concentration? I'm worried about when he has to sit exams and will just get bored after two minutes stare out of the window.
My ds1 is 8.5 years. He is very bright, but can't concentrate for long. I'm assured by DM (a primary teacher) that this is normal for boys of this age. I'm not worrying about exams yet (he's too young), but he does do karate which has appeared to help his concentration (a little).
I have another one like that - he is 12 now. When he concentrates he can do most things easily - but he is often off in his own little world. You can look at him and tell straight away that he isn't there. No idea how to deal with it to be honest.
We home ed so the most common thing I say to him is "concentrate !". If he were at school he would likely be in trouble with teachers a lot because he would rarely have any idea what they were supposed to be doing because he wasn't listening.
I'm hoping he will learn to focus when he sees the need.
By the way - I read somewhere that fiddling with a toy is actually helpful to concentration - giving their fingers something to do allows the brain to focus on other stuff. Not sure if that really works or not with mine - all 3 of mine fiddle with stuff - but I am never sure if it is helping or hindering concentration.