With school starting tomorrow, many of you are probably anxious and excited about your child’s first day. Will they cry when I leave? Will they be afraid or worried? At the end of the day, will they be able to say they had fun? learned something?
Here are 3 tips on helping your child succeed on the first and every day in preschool. These are at the top of the US Department of Education’s list on what parents/families can do to help their kids succeed in school:
- Sleep! According to the National Sleep Foundation, children between the ages of 1-4 need between 11 and 14 hours of sleep. That puts your child’s bedtime at 6-7pm with a wake time at 7-8 am. Is your child getting that much sleep? They need to be!
- Eat! Breakfast is indeed a very important meal. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, children (and you too) can get irritable, restless, and tired. So make time for breakfast — for you and your kids!
- Get involved! As your child’s first and most important teacher, it is important that all parents build and keep strong ties to their children’s school. When parents and families are involved in their children’s school, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school.
I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day holiday! But, please get those little ones to bed on time tonight:) And, with God’s help, we are sure to have a great first day!!