Fix It with Focus

A Hilarious, Relatable Story about Ignoring Distractions and Staying on Task

Author: Bryan Smith
Illustrator: Lisa M. Griffin
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Do you ever get the wiggles? Blake does, a LOT! And when he gets the wiggles, he has a really hard time focusing on the task at hand. So, when Blake is distracted by kids playing in the schoolyard, it’s no wonder why he doesn’t notice his friends working on the floor and knocks over their class project! When things are slow in the outfield, is it a surprise that he ends up on the wrong side of a fly ball? And come on, how is he supposed to keep working on his math test when it’s taking FOREVER, and he just wants to go outside? That’s where F.O.C.U.S. comes in…

F.O.C.U.S. stands for: FIGURE out what your job is; OUTLINE the steps; CONCENTRATE on your job until it’s complete; USE your focus tools; and STOP only when the job is finished.

Although Blake may be struggling with focus and learning to stay on task, caring adults in his life are there to help teach him how to use tools like the work/brain break cycle, squishy eraser, glove tapping, and more!

Fix It with Focus adds another entertaining lesson to the very popular Executive FUNction book series by award-winning author, school counselor, dad and coach Bryan Smith. Being able to focus is an important life skill and can help set children up for success. Included at the end of the story are tips for parents and educators to help teach children in grades K through 5 how to channel their energy, time-management and self-monitoring skills. 

Extend the learning with Five Downloadable Activities

Download the Fix It with Focus poster for your classroom!

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Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-944882-60-0
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
31 pages
Softcover, 9"x9"
Grades K-5; Ages 5-11
Lexile Measure: 720L