Being a Successful Learner
Sleep is Very Important
Simply stated, tired students do not learn. How often do we as adults set a goal of “just getting through the day” when we do not get the sleep we need? Our students are no different. I have walked in classrooms where a student has his head on his desk and is sound asleep.
When students misbehave, often the first question I ask them is how much sleep they got the night before, followed by a general question about how they are feeling. Students have difficulty regulating their emotions when they are tired. This leads to being distracted, irritability, and/or an attitude of simply not caring.
Studies tell us that a consistent bedtime and length of sleep is vital to our children’s health.
Read, Read, Read
Students should be reading at least 30 minutes at home each day. Fifth and sixth grade students should read longer. The number one factor of how well students learn to read, is the amount of time they read. The way our brains work is that the more we read, the more our brains develop and the better readers we become. We also know that the volume or amount we read is a leading factor when it comes time to take tests.
With a consistent reading time, not only do our students’ vocabulary grow and their understanding of setting, plot, and characters develop, but the grit they need to successfully navigate testing (not giving up) grows. Please dedicate home time for your child to read. At first it may be a battle because they would rather spend the time on a device, but it is well worth it.
Now that we have our Panther Lake King County Library in our Glenridge service area, it is easier than ever to help your child select books.
Strong Bodies, Strong Minds
I have not had a job as challenging or as rewarding as raising my five children. Now that four are in the adult world, while my youngest is in college I can tell you this truth, “Once a parent, always a parent.”
When my children were in elementary it was a challenge to keep them active, especially in the winter months. Encourage your children to play outside (coaching them on making safe choices) and look into organized activities, whether with a faith group, scouting, the YMCA, or Kent Parks and Recreation. There are a lot of opportunities and most are at no cost or offer free or reduced costs based on family income.
Please speak with your child about wise food choices. I am seeing more candy, chips, etc. this year than other years. The good news is that I am seeing less pop and other sugary drinks at lunch. Continue to monitor what your child is bringing to school (check backpacks and pockets).
The stronger your child’s body, the better they are at handling stressful situations and the better they are at learning in both our academic and social settings.