Success Starts at Home 
When we think about success in school and in life, we rarely spend time thinking about the factors that contribute to our success.  Even more so, we fail to think about the day to day things that contribute to student success in school.  This post, as well as the next post, will focus on how factors in a student's home life affect success in school.

We all know kids need to pay attention in class and do their homework to be successful, but research has linked other factors that are directly related to academic achievement.
  1. Adequate Sleep:  How much sleep is your student getting each night?  It is recommended that elementary age students get 10-11 hours of sleep per night~yes per night!  Learning suffers when students receive an inadequate amount of sleep.  Our memory is affected by how much sleep we get, therefore, if students don't get enough, they can't hold on to the information they are hearing in the classroom.  When students hear new information (reading, science, math, etc.) they don't process it all at that time.  Having enough sleep allows them to take in information and process it at a later time.  Again proving that enough rest is essential to the overall learning process.  In another study, students who slept even 30 minutes longer than their regular (sleep-deprived) amount improved their test scores in all areas.  Turn off those lights and get some more sleep~adults too!
  2. Be active!  Being active helps kids learn much like it helps patients with Alzheimer's disease retain some of their memory.  Physical activity such as that received in PE class, at recess, or during Brain Breaks can improve concentration.  Reading and math scores have been shown to improve despite some classroom time being devoted to additional movement instead of paper-pencil work.  The extra physical activity also improved concentration and allowed for fewer attention issues in the classroom.  Get out and walk a lap if need be!
  3. Family Meal Time:  Twenty minutes~that is all the average meal lasts.  Can you spare that much time in your household to sit down and eat together?  I would think that if the benefits were as follows you would say, "Yes".  Benefits include:  better communication skills, manners, and eating habits; more positive feelings of self-worth; less substance abuse; and routine to name a few.  Even better?  Involve your child in meal preparation.  That opens up a whole new world of learning.

There are so many factors that go into the learning process.  Whatever we all can do to give students a leg up we should be doing.  Up next:  restricting screen time, getting outside, and piano lessons~what??

Always learning,

Ms. Odegard

Posted by On 04 October, 2016 at 2:35 PM  

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