How Building Focus Skills can Help Your Child at School and at Home

building focus skills

Children who struggle to pay attention in class and display signs of disorganized, scattered thinking at home may need help developing better Focus skills. Focus is the thinking skill that helps kids begin a task without procrastination and then maintain their attention and effort until the task is complete. It helps them to ignore distractions and maintain the energy needed to reach a goal. Focus skills ensure kids study class material thoroughly and complete chores or other household duties to completion, helping them tune out distractions and pay attention to what the task at hand.

Below you’ll find some common examples of ways Focus skills impact the learning process, helping you understand how building focus skills can have a positive impact on your child’s academic performance.


Focus helps children sustain their attention while reading, prevents kids from becoming distracted by their thoughts or external events, and helps children to re-read text when necessary in order to fully comprehend the material.


Focus helps children to sustain their attention on multi-step math problems and prevents kids from getting distracted in the middle of multi-step problems. Focus helps kids be persistent when faced with difficult math concepts that require extended instruction, and helps them stay focused when solving a word problem where they must recall all of the information and steps necessary to solve it.


Focus aids children with the process of putting thoughts into writing as ideas come to them, and helps kids sustain their effort when doing physical tasks such as writing or typing. Focus helps kids to know where and how to get started on writing essays, book reports, and other assignments, and maintain the effort needed to work over several drafts to produce higher quality work.

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