• Bedtimes
    sleeping kids  
    I wanted to make sure I touched on bedtimes this year and let you know how very important sleep is to your child.  We have had a lot of research supporting the importance of sleep and student learning.  I encourage you to really look at your routine and help your child do their best in school.  One of the easiest solutions to problems in school has been linked to sleep.  Your child should be getting 10-12 hours of sleep EVERY night!  This may sound like a lot but they are growing and learning a lot in a day and their brain is trying to process all that they have learned.  The more they learn in a day the longer it takes their brain to go through, process and try to understand it all.  This leaves the balance of the night for actual sleep where their body is recharging and resting.  I know our schedules are busy and sometimes you cannot help getting them to bed later, but you will soon see if you get your child to bed earlier they will be happier, learn better in school, engage in activities, and not get sick as often.  I too have kids and know how important bed times are.  I suggest that your child get to bed by 7:30/8:00.  Even if they are waking up later in the morning because we are the afternoon class it is better to get them on the regular school schedule that they will be on next year.  They also need to have at least 30 minutes prior to bed of peace and quiet.  This means NO tv or video games.  This over stimulates the brain and makes it much harder for them to fall asleep.  I also would like to point out that studies also link a lack of sleep to having a tv in the bedroom.  Your child is way to young to have a tv in their bedroom and it is not doing any good for their brain.  A bed should be for sleeping! :) I know you want your child to succeed and have the best opportunity to learn and sleep is the easiest thing you can do.  Besides, wouldn't it be nice to have some time to yourself at night too!! 
Last Modified on September 14, 2022