Growing bodies and minds need well balanced meals and snacks that include fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish. Calcium rich foods like milk and yogurt are important for building strong bones and teeth. Children also need the right amount of sleep. If children are healthy, rested, and feel well, they can focus on learning.
It’s important that as much as possible families establish routines for children: bedtime routines, daily routines of waking, dressing, hygiene practices such as washing their faces, and eating breakfast. Consistent routines give children a sense of security and they know what to expect. Routines help children develop self-discipline. Not knowing what to expect can make children feel anxious.
Young children need to move! They need to run, play outdoors, and make friends, so get outside whenever possible.
For more information visit New York State’s Education Department