Post-Break Themes: Sleep, Schedule, Screen Time

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to help your child get back into the swing of things with school after a long break, such as the summer break we’ll be leaving soon. It’s natural for there to be a bit of a “hangover” in many students during these periods, if you will, but the right simple approaches will help get the rust off and ensure they’re ready for another year (or term) of learning.

At Beehive Science & Technology Academy, we’re always thinking ahead, providing students and parents with a school calendar, curriculum details and many other resources throughout the year. What are some other tips we often provide to parents on helping re-energize their kids coming out of any major break? Here’s a primer.

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Start Re-Emphasizing Sleep Habits

It’s natural for some kids to get into different sleep patterns over the summer or any other break. But as the new school year approaches, it’s time to start re-emphasizing good sleep habits. This means a regular bedtime that allows for at least eight hours of sleep each night. You might need to adjust bedtimes gradually in the week or so before school begins again.

Additionally, cut back on electronics in the bedroom. The bright screens can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Finally, avoid any big meals or drinks with caffeine before bedtime.

Get Back Into A Schedule

In a similar vein, getting back into a set daily schedule can help kids’ bodies and minds prepare for the mental and physical activity of school days. This means having regular mealtimes, study periods and physical activity. You might need to help kids gradually adjust to an earlier wake-up time in the week or so before school starts again.

Start Scaling Back Screen Time

We mentioned it above with regard to sleep, but electronics in general can be a big distraction, taking time away from important tasks like homework and physical activity. Just as you help kids get back into a regular sleep schedule, start scaling back their screen time in the week or so before school starts. This will help them refocus on more important tasks.

Encourage Them To Get Moving

Physical activity is important for kids’ physical and mental health. It can help them focus and do their best in school. So, make sure they’re getting enough exercise every day, even if it’s just a short walk around the block or some jumping jacks in the living room.

With the right assistance from parents and teachers, it’s simple enough to reincorporate the theme of schooling into any student after a long break. For more on this, or to learn about any of our STEM charter school programs or services, speak to the staff at Beehive Science & Technology Academy today.

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