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June: “School Readiness”
“Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.” –Ken Reyes, Jr.
Children who are ready for school are physically healthy, well rested, and well nourished. Practices for positive health include proper dental care, immunizations, and physical activity. Try to limit screen time on phones, tablets, and TV to under an hour a day. For children under 2 no screen time should be allowed. Play games such as tag or go to the park and play on the playground or in the grass.
Establishing a regular sleep schedule will help your child be ready for school. Be consistent and develop a bedtime routine to ensure your child gets enough sleep each night. How much sleep is enough? Click here for information on how many hours of sleep your child needs and how to develop a bedtime routine.
Being well nourished will help your child stay focused at school. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so try some fresh fruit and plain oatmeal instead of a sugary cereal or pastries. Throughout the day encourage your child to drink water before anything else! You can also check to see if your child’s school offers breakfast, some families qualify for free meals including lunch.
Additional Observances: National Safety Month, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month.