Private education is such a great investment for your children’s future, but how do you know if they are getting the most out of each day? One factor that holds some children back from academic success is a lack of good sleep. Here are three nighttime tips for preparing your kids for a successful day of private school.
1. No Electronics At Bedtime
Can you imagine having had a cell phone as a child? The technology itself is remarkable as it allows easy communication between you and your children in case of emergency. However, it also provides a whole new level of distraction that they have to contend with. And cell phones are just the tip of the iceberg, technologies like computers, tablets, e-readers, and televisions are not only distracting but can contribute to sleeplessness. Studies show that these technologies produce a blue light that suppresses the production of Melatonin and alters your circadian rhythm. In order to ensure that your children are getting the sleep they need to succeed in tomorrow’s rigorous private school classroom, limit access to blue light producing technology for 2-3 hours before bedtime.
2. Read A Book Together
It’s widely known that reading is a critical benchmark in early-childhood education. Starting from a young age, reading aloud as a family helps your child begin to understand language and it provides important bonding opportunities for parent and child. Even as your children are able to read on their own, reading together allows you to coach them through more advanced vocabulary. For instance, when a child reads alone he or she will choose books that are solidly within their ability to comprehend. However, when you read to your child you can introduce and help define new words. So how does this apply to your child’s sleep? Making a habit of reading together each night is a signal to your child that bedtime is near. So not only are they learning, but these quiet moments before bed are an important step in winding down for the evening.
3. Sleep-Friendly Environment
If your child is a light sleeper it’s important to take into consideration how their bedroom environment is affecting them. Blackout curtains can help block out streetlights and other outside light that can keep you up at night. And children who share rooms or wake easily from noise in the home benefit from white noise machines which drown out distracting noise. Any adjustments you can make to their bedroom to help them sleep will make them more rested and prepared for their full day of private education tomorrow.
Help your children get the most out of their school day by making sure they’re getting a great night’s sleep. These tips aren’t just for kids, limiting screen time, reading books before bed, and creating a calm home environment are all great ways to ensure that everyone in your home gets a great night’s sleep. If you’d like to learn more about how to prepare your children for a private education, contact us today.