GIVE HIM A BREAK
WHY A CHILD NEEDS IT
Schools in Finland have 15-minute breaks for every hour. Finland ranks just below Singapore in the PISA scores, a worldwide study that evaluates educational systems. CPD Singapore Education Services Pte Ltd recognises the advantages of breaks for children. The following article takes a closer look.
Timing the breaks
Children have short attention spans. Being seated too long makes them lose interest and focus in the lessons. Without breaks, children find it a struggle to understand concepts as the lesson goes on.
Breaks don’t have to be long. A 5 to 10-minute break in lessons will suffice. The child will like that they can stand up, move around and visit the toilet if need be. Then their minds will be refreshed to learn again once the break is over.
Teachers, as the main drivers of education, should be more pro-active in enhancing the overall learning experience. They need to be flexible in their teaching approach.