With the school year now upon us, it’s time we're thinking about adjusting bedtimes. The relaxed summer schedules are fun – but getting to bed at a decent hour and getting a good night’s sleep is important for children.
Following a consistent and soothing routine where you can bond and meet your child’s attachment needs is key – but it can also be a great time to tie in some learning with reading and comprehension! Here are just a few ways you can help make bedtime the perfect time for your kids to learn.
Bedtime stories don’t always have to happen in bed. What if you carved out a special bedtime nook in their room to make reading something to look forward to? Create an enticing, fun, creative area in your child’s room that’s special to them. Together, you can curl up and get caught up about your day, practice reading or even do some schoolwork. It’s a great way to make a special place in their room for quality time.
I created this fun magnetic board for my daughter’s room. She and I have a blast with it and it was super easy and affordable to make. Head over to the dollar store and buy a large size cookie sheet. Personalize it with duct tape and now your child has their own magnetic board for reading flash cards and alphabet magnets. Don’t forget that bedtime doesn’t just have to be a time for reading comprehension but it can also include math as well!
Buy a plain canvas and collect different felt story boards available at most dollar and craft stores. Using foam letters, start off the story yourself and then let your child’s imagination run wild. Every night they can create their own story or add on different chapters. A great idea for some imaginative play and a great form of “output” right before bed.
It’s important to make sure you’re always opening up communication about sleep with your child. Incorporating bedtime books that can start these discussions can help begin that healthy relationship between your child and sleep. A well-rested child will be ready to take on the school year with better cognitive ability, a more pleasant mood and temperament and a stronger immune system.
This school year, make bedtime a great time to be together, be creative and get ready for some healthy (and smarter) zzz’s.
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