Please email us with some information…How long was your child at birth?
This week we have been looking at how tall we are and thinking about some of the ways we have grown and changed since we were babies. We would like to compare their current height and their birth length. Please send this information by Monday 15th October.
CONNECTED CLASS COMMUNITY
As we reach the October break, Ms Laura and I have been reflecting on the enormous growth we have seen in these first few weeks. It is wonderful to see how they have developed individually but perhaps even more rewarding is the development in their relationships and social skills. I have listened in to countless conversations this week and noticed how they listen to each other and ask questions. I have seen multiple situations where they have noticed someone needs help and have reached out to support without prompting. They play collaboratively and demonstrate interest in what others are doing. Of course, they are continuing to learn and grow in these areas and we have some work to do, but I am incredibly proud of every member of our little community and the progress they have made. You can see some more photos of the week HERE.
Thank you all for attending the parent conferences, it was great to chat about these most important people! During my conversations, sleep was a common topic. One of the vital roles of sleep is to help us solidify and consolidate memories. As we go about our day, our brains take in an incredible amount of information. Rather than being directly logged and recorded, however, these facts and experiences first need to be processed and stored; and many of these steps happen while we sleep. Overnight, bits and pieces of information are transferred from more tentative, short-term memory to stronger, long-term memory—a process called “consolidation.” Researchers have also shown that after people sleep, they tend to retain information and perform better on memory tasks. Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesise hormones. Our counselor, Ms Kris has asked me to share the following information.
How much sleep do we really need?
As is turns out it varies at different stages of our lives. The National Sleep Foundation (USA) has updated their sleep duration recommendations. Have a look at the chart and compare the actual amount of sleep you and your family members are getting per night and the recommendations.
As we are settling into the rhythms and routines of the school year it’s important to remember that having enough rest is one key ingredient to being ready for the day. The National Sleep Foundation has the following recommendations for preschool and Elementary school age children.
- Maintain a regular and consistent sleep schedule
- Follow-through with a bedtime routine every night
- The child should have the same sleeping environment every night.It should be cool, quiet and dark and without a TV
- Watch for difficulty breathing, unusual nighttime awakenings, chronic sleep problems, and behavioural problems during the day.
School Age Children
- Introduce healthy sleep habits, disease prevention and health promotion
- Continue to emphasise the need for a regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine
- The child’s bedroom should be conducive to sleep: dark, cool and quiet. TV’s and computers should be off and out of the bedroom
- Set limits
- Avoid caffeine
- Watch for signs of chronic difficulty sleeping, loud snoring, difficulty breathing, unusual nighttime awakenings and frequent daytime sleepiness.
In addition to a good night’s sleep there are other things that we can do to help our children be ready for school. Other healthy habits to foster are starting the day with a healthy breakfast, eating healthy throughout the day, regular exercise, and limiting screen time. Remember that you are a role model for your children and they want to imitate the behaviours they see from you.
Please contact Kris Bezzerides (D-G2 Counselor) with questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information About Children’s Sleep for Parent and Teachers(n.d.). Retrieved from www.sleepforkids.org.
Top 10 Tips to Help Children Develop Healthy Habits, (June 2, 2014). Retrieved from www.heart.org.
Recommended Sleep Chart (n.d.). Retrieved from www.sleepfoundation.org
Have a wonderful holiday, I look forward to seeing you after the break