From the Principal's Desk

From the Principal's Desk

April 13, 2018

Dear Parents,

The relevance of making sure your child is well rested and prepared for learning is a topic worth exploring.
Mrs. McNally, the principal at Discovery Elementary, shared with me the following information that I thought was meaningful for all families. An adequate amount of sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our health and for learning. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep promotes alertness and memory performance. In fact, “children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems...” So, what is enough sleep? For children five through twelve years it is 10 to 11 hours! This is far more than the seven to eight hours recommended for adults. As a mom, I remember how getting children to bed was often a struggle. Here are some recommendations from the Foundation for a bedtime routine for children:

· Have a light snack

· Take a bath

· Put on pajamas

· Read a story

· Make sure the room is quiet

· Put your child to bed

· Say goodnight and leave

· No electronics at least an hour before bedtime

· Keep bedtime the same each night when possible

The Foundation alerts parents to sleep problems/disorders to watch for which include: nightmares and sleepwalking. Studies show that 37% of children kindergarten through fourth grade, suffer from sleep related problems. If your child has problems sleeping or is very sleepy during the day, they recommend you consult your physician. With spring and sunshine on the way, it seems a good time to remember the power of sleep to enhance the power of learning!

Thank you, Mrs. McNally, for sharing this vital information!

Michelle Downs
michelle.downs@kentwoodps.org