6 Genius Strategies to Help Kids Focus on Schoolwork

 

Burn Off the Energy
Start the day off with a physical activity (go on a nature walk around the neighborhood, follow a fun workout video, etc.). Burning off excess energy will help improve focus for more academic or mental tasks.

 

Play Video Game Soundtracks / Instrumental Music
Music is part of the reason why your little gamer could play for hours and hours. Video game soundtracks are specially designed to help gamers focus on tasks. Find an instrumental playlist your child likes and have it on in the background as they work on school assignments. Bonus Tip: Instrumental versions of pop songs are big hit with older kids.

 

Take a Brain Break
After completing a set of super hard math problems, take a minute to reset the brain and get the wiggles out. Do a little dancing, jog in place, pretend to climb a mountain… there’s tons of ideas out there! Brain breaks also help with transitioning from one subject/task to another.

 

Use a Visual Timer
This website has over 30 visual timers to help kids stay focused and excited to beat the clock!

 

Change Up the Seating
Sometimes, a regular old chair and desk is not a kid’s best friend. Changing up the position of learning (aka flexible seating) can sometimes help kids focus better. Try using a yoga ball, or laying on their tummy, or standing while working.

 

Establish a Secret Signal
Come up with a secret signal beforehand that gives your child a little reminder to stay focused.  It’s a great way to get the message across without embarrassment or constantly repeating “focus on your work!” This strategy works especially well when you’re working with multiple kids.

 

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This post was written by Alina Na

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