10 Tips for Starting Kindergarten: #10 Sleep

Q. Knock, knock. A. Who’s there?
Emma. Emma who?
Emma goin’ to school tomorrow.
Tomorrow, school does indeed start and now your help is important for kindergarten support not kindergarten readiness.
Girl Sleeping
Tip #10 for starting kindergarten or playschool is to help your child get a good night’s sleep. There are so many new challenges for your child that a good night’s sleep is really needed. Often, the first few weeks kids need extra sleep because of all the stimulation. Dr. Marc Weissbluth, in his book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, compares sleep to weight lifting. Just as lifting weights builds stronger muscles, sleeping well builds brainpower.

Aiding your child to get a good night’s sleep is certainly not an academic issue, but sleep concerns can definitely affect learning and coping. Starting kindergarten and preschool is so exciting. Enjoy the holiday and tonight tuck your little one in with a story and a snuggle before the big day tomorrow. And maybe a sigh in your heart as you close the door and turn out the light?

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