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There is a good reason why children “seem to grow so much in the summer”!!!!!
Ever hear that from your child’s teacher??!!!. It is not a fluke! In the summer children
typically have many opportunities to play outdoors and use their full bodies at playgrounds, swimming, biking, etc. Want to know something interesting? Science has discovered that the energy vibration of the earth is the same as our body!!! It is one reason why we tend to “feel better” when we are outside!!! What science also tells us is that not only does movement and play develop children physically, but the brain’s functioning advances amazingly from physical activities that move the whole body. This happens through the powerful impact of information from touch and movement on the brain! Summers in Wisconsin/ Minnesota were meant for supporting children’s
But oh no!!! Winter is upon us! Keep in mind that your children can continue to have
the benefit from movement year round! It will help them academically and physically.
Beware of the trap of Gameboys and computer programs!! These can be very addicitive and can get in the way of social contact and physical activity.
Some tips to help children be the best they can be year round!!!
Children need to play outside and use their bodies!
They have been sitting for long periods of time at school……When they get home from school—let the fun begin! Free time outside is a great way to stimulate development!
Also be sure to do some type of physical activity before the homework begins. They will get their homework done much quicker! If outdoors is not an option look for yoga classes, YMCA activities, open swim at your local school, dance classes, etc.
Family wrestling can be great fun. Each child has a home base chair or couch. To start, everyone must say “start”. Anyone at anytime can say “stop”. When you hear “stop”, the task is to get back to your chair as fast as you can! Wrestling must be done on knees or crawling or rolling around. Place a bunch of pillows in the middle of the room! And have fun!!!
Tips to help children study or do homework:
Be sure they have physical activity afterschool. Time outside is ideal. Free time to just play can really re-charge a child’s brain from a day of structure. Self directed play is a great way to work the creativity parts of the brain!
Have snacks available during study time. Things to chew, suck, and crunch actually help the brain pay attention, focus, and learn.
Do memory tasks while a child does rhythmic movement (i.e. sitting on a ball and bouncing what they spell a word or learn math, can also be done by jumping while they spell or recite math). Rhythm lays down memory faster!!!
Try purchasing the Me-Moves DVD! Have the family do one set of the exercises on the DVD---it very quickly calms everyone down and gets the brain ready to learn. Good for preschool through high school!!!!!
Some children need absolute quiet to concentrate. Other children really benefit from playing music with consistent beat. Ideas: Baroque for Modulation (from Vital Sounds), Sacred Earth Drums (by Gordon—purchase at Barnes and Nobles), Calming Rhythms (played at soft volume--from https://www.stronginstitute.com/).
And remember your child has been working hard all day!
The Power of Sleep
Is the power of sleep underestimated?!!!!!
Did you know that since the “back to sleep” program, children are having more sleep issues?!!! One of the most common struggles parents have these days: getting their children or themselves adequate sleep!!!
What does that mean for adults and children? The following is an article on sleep that can be found in detail from Mercola.com. Check it out!
Here are some facts about sleep:
Poor sleep interferes with the brains neurons to regenerate
When sleep rhythms are off (not having regular sleep patterns, not sleeping enough), it impacts on blood pressure, hunger hormones, blood sugar and increases inflammation, immune excitability, diabetes, cancer risk, stress, and more.
Scientists believe that sleep gives your brain the ability to process the day’s events, assisting in mental growth and perception
Poor sleep impacts on the energy driver of the body: mitochondria. It is interesting that more and more children are being identified with mitochondria issues.
Animal studies show that intermittent sleep has a negative impact on the brain
Sleep allows your brain to detoxify
Poor sleep impacts on memory and will reduce the ability to learn new things
Poor sleep reduces productivity at work and grades in school
Poor sleep reduces athletic performance and creativity
How much sleep do we need?
Newborns (0-3 months 14-17 hours
Infants (4-11 months) 12-15 hours
Toddlers (1-2 years) 11-14 hours
Preschoolers (3-5 years) 10-13 hours
School age (6-13 years) 9-11 hours
Teenagers (14-17 years 8-10 hours
Adults 18-64 years 7-9 hours
Seniors (65+ years) 7-8 hours
The following are red flags for the quality of sleep. Remember it is very individual.
Number of hours of sleep
Timing: Sleep routines help set internal body rhythms. When these routines are off, sleep is not restorative
Intensity of sleep; There are different phases of sleep that are very important. How your brain performs the different phases of sleep is key. Keep in mind certain medications interfere with the rhythms of sleep. The best way to determine if this is going OK is if the person wakes rested.
Some helpful hints for better sleep (and there are a lot more)
Establish a sleep routine. It is important to go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time. This is so key
Sleep in complete darkness. Any light will interfere with Melatonin production
Keep temperature in bedroom between 60 and 68 degrees
Eliminate electric and electromagnetic fields in bedroom
Shut down the WiFi at night
Move electrical devices away from the bed
Take magnesium or do Epsom salt baths
Avoid television or phone use in bed