Tip 1: Brain breaks should be taken at the right time.
Take a break before frustration or lack of focus sets in. Typically, grade schoolers reach this point after 10 to 15 minutes of work. Students in middle and high school can work longer before taking a break – up to 20 to 30 minutes.
Tip 2: Take part in a quiet activity.
Reset kids’ brains with a quiet activity. Breathe deeply or stretch gently.
Tip 3: Dance for a while.
“Dance breaks” are a fun way for kids who need physical activity to refocus and refresh. Before getting back to work, kids leave their seats and dance to their favorite songs.
Tip 4: Check to see if it’s really a break.
It won’t help kids stay focused if they have to move from homework to an activity that feels like more work (like chores). Make sure the activity kids do feels like a break.
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The majority of kids struggle with homework from time to time. Kids who learn and think differently may struggle more often – even every day. It may be especially difficult for them to complete their homework.
It is helpful to take brain breaks during homework or long chores to relieve frustration. A brain break is exactly what it sounds like: a break from whatever kids are focusing on.
Taking short brain breaks during work time has been shown to be beneficial. They reduce stress, anxiety, and frustration. And they can help kids focus and be more productive.
Thinking breaks can also help children regulate themselves and recognise when they have had enough or no longer know what they’re doing.
Being able to return to a task and finish it also boosts self-confidence and self-esteem. It shows children that they can handle the homework. This can motivate them to keep trying.