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In third grade, we are using a variety of fiction and nonfiction examples from our text to incoSay “Boo” to being sick and follow these few tips:
According to the Centers for Disease control, School-aged children need about 10 hours of sleep each night. Students need an appropriate amount of sleep in order for them to be able to perform at their best while at school. Studies have shown that when children aged 7-11 were given an extra 27 minutes of sleep each night there was a decrease in restless-impulsive behavior and an improvement in their abilities to handle their emotions. Schedules are busy each night with dinner, homework, sports, and work, but getting rest needs to become a priority. The CDC link I have included lists some good ideas for “sleep hygiene” to practice with kids each night.
I cannot stress the importance of a good breakfast enough. Our bodies fast for 8-10 hours while we sleep, so our body and brain need the fuel provided by food to get us going in the morning. It is especially important for students to have a good breakfast every day. I often see kids who do not eat breakfast for stomachaches and headaches. Once they have some crackers, the difference is amazing. Kids need a good combination of fiber, protein, and whole grains in the morning. Try to avoid the sugary items, such as pop-tarts and sugary cereals, but if this is what is available, please have them eat. Research has shown that nutritious breakfasts can help with concentration, memory, and attention.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Although the weather is turning cooler, our bodies still need lots of water during the day in order to run effectively. Kids can often times develop headaches when they have not had enough water to drink, and they won’t be able to focus effectively in school if they are having these headaches. Please send in a water bottle if one is available, and remind your kids to make healthy choices when it comes to beverages. Juices always taste great, but many are loaded with sugar, so these should be consumed in moderation.
Drink plenty of water
According to the CDC, children need about 60 minutes of exercise a day. This may sound outrageous, but it is not that hard to do. Since it is fall, try to involve children in helping to rake leaves, or go on a hike, or send them on a scavenger hunt. Incorporating family walks after dinner is also an easy way to get in a few extra minutes. Exercise not only has great cardio benefits, but it can also help to increase children’s self-esteem, and make them more alert in classrooms. Chance are good that if children get in the habit of exercise when they are younger, it can lead to a lifetime of healthy choices and activity.
CDC Health Index
Vaccines are very important when it comes to the health of our children. Children in school should be up-to-date on all their childhood immunizations, such as Dtap, Polio, MMR, Hep B, and Chickenpox. The CDC also recommends anyone over the age of 6 months gets the flu shot. I have included a few links to read about the importance of childhood immunizations as well as the seasonal flu shots. As always, if you have any questions, check with your child’s healthcare provider.
CDC Key Facts
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