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Eat, Sleep, Learn

You Are What You Eat

Children who are taught good eating habits early in life are likely to continue to maintain them throughout adulthood. Create a morning routine that includes a healthy breakfast, which is a proven way to improve focus and study skills in school. This is especially important for students in middle and high school.

Prepare a healthy, well-balanced lunch filled will nutritious snacks to keep your child energized throughout the day. After-school snacks should contain serious "brain foods", such as nuts, low-fat cheese with whole grain crackers, celery with peanut butter, etc. (Providing the freedom to choose their own snacks is empowering for a child.)

QUICK TIP: Breakfast and after-school snack times are ideal for incorporating Kumon.

A Good Night's Sleep

Earlier wake-up times can be tough on kids and parents alike. Ease your family's transition to a "school night" sleep schedule by rolling back bedtimes a few weeks before school starts. I found waking my kids up a just little earlier each day in August helped them to go to sleep earlier as well. Children ages three to twelve need at least ten hours of sleep per night, while older children require nine or more.

QUICK TIP: Some children bristle at the earlier bedtime, or they may have trouble winding down at night. You can check out the homepage on our website (www.kumonuvillage.com) for ways of making bedtime battle-free. I used many of these strategies myself when my children were younger!

Create a Productive Learning Environment

As a Kumon parent, you are already well on your way to doing this for your child! A moderate amount of daily study at the "just-right" level helps Kumon students develop strong study skills, discipline and perseverance.

A supportive home environment will foster a child's love of learning. Enable your child to excel by making study and productivity part of everyday life. Your child needs a special place to call their own, so consider setting up a space where they can settle in and leave papers and pens at hand without having to pack up each night. Encourage your child to spread out and take advantage of the workspace.

QUICK TIP: Let children maintain and take ownership of the area to foster organizational skills they will need down the road. Something I especially appreciated about Kumon when my kids were small and our house was total chaos is how easy it was to keep the "tidy" worksheet packets organized.

Keep these tips in mind as you organize and prepare your home for the new school year. Know that along with preparing them for the new school year, you are helping children to develop skills they will use well into the future.

Please let me know if you have questions or if I can help in any way. Thank you!
Jeannie Ianelli