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  1. A designated homework station may improve homework success. A homework station should be free of clutter, noises, and without the distractions of television or video games.
  2. Monitor your child’s frustration and attention levels and give small breaks when needed. The breaks can include snack time, getting a drink, or movement activities and should not last more than five minutes.
    • My favorite movement activities are animal walks. For a list of animal walks, click here.
    • Jumping jacks, pushups, yoga moves will also work.
  3. Consider your children’s position as they complete homework. If sitting at a table, make sure their feet are resting on the floor or on a footrest. If your child is tired of sitting at the table, try having them lay on their stomachs and up on their elbows. For reading assignments, a comfy chair or beanbag may be beneficial.
  4. Lighting is also very important. Make sure the area has proper lighting without glare and reflections.
  5. If using a computer or another screen, make sure your child limits eye strain and fatigue by following the “20/20/20” rule. They should take a break every 20 minutes, stop for 20 seconds, and look at least 20 feet away from the screen.
  6. Consider the time of day to do homework. Some children perform the best right after they get home and others need a snack and drink before they can concentrate.

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