Eat, Sleep, Learn: Three Essentials to Remember for the New School Year
There are three essentials for a successful school year: healthy eating habits, the right amount of rest and a positive and productive work environment. Each component can help your family start off the school year on the right foot. We’ve put together a guide to help families foster a home environment in which all members are thriving. With ideas for quick and easy bedtime routines, personalized study rooms and even a simple list of “brain foods,” this article will help create a hassle-free start to the school year.
You Are What You Eat
Children who are taught healthy eating habits early in life are likely to continue to maintain these skills throughout adulthood. Create a morning routine for your child that includes a healthy breakfast, which is a proven way to improve focus and study skills in school. Prepare a healthy, well-balanced lunch filled with nutritious snacks to keep your child energized throughout the day. When your child gets home from school, offer up some serious “brain foods,” such as nuts, low-fat cheese with whole grain crackers or even some celery with peanut butter. Providing the freedom to choose his or her snack is quite empowering for a child. Set a timeframe for snacks after school so your child will appreciate structure and routine, while also improving time management skills.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Earlier wake-up times can be tough on kids and parents alike. Ease your family’s transition to a “school night” sleep schedule by rolling back bedtimes the week before classes start. Children ages three to twelve need at least ten hours of sleep per night, while older children require nine or more. We all know that some children have a more difficult time being told when to go to sleep. Here are a few pointers that may help avoid the “the battle of bedtime.”
Creating a Productive Learning Environment
A supportive home environment will foster a child’s love of learning. Enable your child to excel by making study and productivity part of everyday life. Your child needs a special place to call his or her own, so consider setting up a space where your child can settle in and leave papers and pens at hand without having to pack up each night. Encourage your child to spread out and take advantage of the work space. Let him or her maintain and take ownership of that area, and he or she will begin to develop organizational skills that will be needed down the road.
Keep these tips in mind as you organize and prepare your home for the new school year. Think about your child’s developing life skills during the process, and you’ll create an atmosphere that nurtures success in the classroom and beyond.