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Newsletter #2

Welcome again to our newsletter.

With most schools starting back this week, we thought we'd dedicate this weeks newsletter to helping you help your children.

Improve Your Child's School Performance with a Good Night's Sleep

To thrive academically, kids of all ages—preschool through college—need to have energy, the ability to focus, concentrate, retain information, and be creative problem solvers. Success at school also requires kids to control impulses and manage emotions and behavior to keep on track. All of these skills depend heavily on healthy, consistent sleep.

In many cases, staying up too late is the culprit. In one experiment, children were asked to go to bed later than normal for a week, and then were asked to spend no fewer than 10 hours in bed for another week. During the week of later bedtimes, teachers rated these kids as having more academic problems and more attention problems.

Students reporting B's or better got 17-33 minutes more sleep on school nights and went to bed 10-50 minutes earlier than students with C's and below. Students with lower grades also went to bed on average 2.3 hours later on the weekends than on school nights, compared to A/B students, who went to bed 1.8 hours later on the weekends

Whether it’s a teenager or a younger child (or even as the parent), here’s some of our steps to creating a workable bedtime routine:

– Set aside time before bed to wind down properly. This is a perfect opportunity to read with your child, or talk to them about their day.

– Make sure the bedroom is cool, quiet and dark and your child/teen is sleeping in a suitable bed.

– Limit the use of electronic devices before bed.

– The bedroom should be free from distractions such as TVs/computers or zone areas of the room for work/play/rest.

– Clear out clutter – it’s harder to switch off in a messy room.

– Keep regular bedtime hours. A good sleep routine will work wonders.

Designate a Study Area.

Yes, studying in the local coffee shop may seem like a good idea, but not if there are constant disruptions. Even at home, studying in front of the TV wont be the best use of your child's time. Help your child by providing a quiet well lit, low-traffic space for study time. Since many young people will study in their own rooms, function becomes more important than beauty. Most desks for young people really don’t have sufficient space to spread out materials. A table that allows for all necessary supplies such as pencils, pens, paper, books, and other essentials works extremely well. 

Our Scallwag Kids Range offers lots of ideas for your child to organise their school work and with multiple desk options available for that important study time.