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F.C. October 21, 2013 at 08:19 am
I can appreciate this article about how important sleep is in the success of children's learning andRead More just life in general. As a child care provider we see the effects of children that are sleep deprived. I can totally understand why some children could be misdiagnosed with something other than lack of sleep. When it comes to doing the math and finding time for everything expected and demanded, I have to wonder what happens with the kids between school getting out and arriving home at 7pm? Are the children in daycare or an afterschool program? If so, perhaps you can speak with the provider and ask for help to get homework done before you come to pick them up. Homework, after all, is usually something that can be done without too much help as it is meant for practice of what was learned that day. Is this time spent at practices and lessons? Maybe limiting how many we 'sign them up for' can help. I have utmost respect for working parents and I know the challenge of fitting everything in. Either way, limiting the extracurricular activities and asking for help with the homework prior to your pickup and arriving home at 7pm would help. After providing care for over 20 years now, we've learned to help and support those challenging nights and schedules to better benefit the children and families. I do believe that we over schedule our kids with practices, lessons and other activities to the point that many children can't-or don't know how to-entertain themselves or appreciate alone time. There is a lot that can be learned from that. :) But more than anything, a good night's sleep and well rested children can reap it's own reward. After all aren't we all a little happier when we're rested?
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J Baldwin October 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm
I categorically disagree with the "vessel" view of education - that our children areRead More vessels meant to be crammed full with as much information as possible. What a way to kill the most essential element without which our children can never reach their fullest potential - a love of learning. Our children sit in school for 6+ hrs a day, they need time to move, process, think, imagine, create, etc. I absolutely disagree with uniform, blanket homework on a nightly basis.
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