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Fix It with Focus: A Story about Ignoring Distractions and Staying on Task (Illustrated) Spiral-Bound | August 25, 2020

Bryan Smith, Lisa M. Griffin (Illustrated by)

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Focus. Focus. Focus. That’s the advice Blake frequently hears but fails to follow. Blake stumbles from one mishap to another because of a complete lack of concentration. He carelessly demolishes a Lego volcano in his rush to look out a window. A baseball bruises his elbow (and ego) because a dirt clod takes his focus off the game. And he ends up all wet when he interrupts his own story to do something foolish.
Can using strategies such as manipulatives, work/brain break cycles, and glove taps help Blake maintain focus and strengthen his concentration muscles?



Spring is in the air! That means great things like warmer weather, playing outside, and baseball!

So, when Blake is distracted by kids in the schoolyard, it’s no wonder why he doesn’t notice his friends working on the ground and knocks over their project! And when things are slow in the outfield and Blake begins to work on a dirt clump beneath his feet, is it a surprise he doesn’t see or hear the warning before a baseball nails him in the elbow? 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?

Focus. Focus. Focus. That is the advice Blake frequently hears but fails to follow. Although he may be struggling with focus and learning to stay on task, the 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 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..


The series also includes:

    • What Were You Thinking?
    • My Day Is Ruined!
    • It Was Just Right Here!
    • Of Course It's a Big Deal!
    • Time to Get Started!
    • What’s the Problem?
    • How Did You Miss That?
    • I’ll Never Get All of That Done!
    • How Do I Remember All That?
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 31 pages
ISBN-10: 194488260X
Item Weight: 0.3 lbs
Dimensions: 9.0 x 0.3 x 9.0 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars Up to 30 ratings

“Through the art of relatable characters and storytelling, author Bryan Smith does it again! Fix It with Focus provides parents, teachers, and children tried and true ways to regain focus. Childhood provides a sense of wonder, and this humorous book engages readers as the main character learns why focus is important and how he can successfully build the skill.” – Deni Bleggi, elementary school principal and parent

Bryan Smith has worked in the education field for more than 15 years, first as an elementary school teacher then as a school counselor. He excels at teaching students life skills that will take them far and help them succeed. He is also a popular children's author whose other titles include What Were You Thinking? and My Day Is Ruined! His Executive FUNction children's book series won the Counselor's Choice Award, which is awarded by Licensed Mental Health Therapists for "Recognition of Quality in the Field."