SLEEP INFORMATION FROM OUR COUNSELLOR
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 behavioral problems during the day.
School Age Children
Introduce healthy sleep habits, disease prevention, and health promotion
Continue to emphasize 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
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 behaviors they see from you.
Please contact Kris Bezzerides (D-G2 Counselor) with questions email@example.com.
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.
ART AND CRAFT
The children this week explored color mixing with a salad spinner. We explored a variety of different colours and talked about what colours were made when we added and changed different colours. You can see more here.
SHORT AND TALL
This week we also looked at how tall we were. We explored tall and short and talked about how we have grown as well as what we need to grow and to look after ourselves. We learnt that Sebi and Soma are the shortest in our class and Yuna is the tallest. You can see more here
This week we talked as a group about rules in the playground and what we need to do to keep safe while playing. Here are some of the children’s replies.
Sebi-We have to be careful
Thomas-We don’t want to run in front of our friends to crash into the bikes
Noah T-No pushing in the playground
Yuna-No running in front of kids riding their bikes
Mimi- No fighting
Noah T- I like to ride very fast
An-I like swings
Noah K-We be nice to our friends
Sebi- and we give them a hug when they are safe
Taksh-We have to walk
Eden-No fighting and sharing our toys
Thanks to everyone who attended parent conferences. It was great to connect and discuss your child’s learning with you. Please remember that I am only an email away if you have anything to discuss.
To continue our understandings of who we are and how our identities change as we grow, Could you please email me your child’s birth length. We would like to compare this with the children’s heights now and to discuss the changes.
Please remember that there is no school next week, due to school holidays.
Have a great break