Daily routines are important for everyone. Most adults say that they are far more efficient at managing their time, errands, responsibilities, etc. while they are working as opposed to when on vacation. Children also thrive if they have a consistent, daily routine. Make sure your child has a predictable after-school schedule: pickup, snack, play, homework, dinner, bath/shower, book and bed. During homework time make sure your child has a quiet spot to work, away from TV and other media so he/she can concentrate. Younger children often like to do their homework near parents, for help. That’s fine. Offer some support if needed; but also allow your child to do the work. If the homework is too difficult, please don’t “fight” with your child to complete it. Instead, let his/her teacher know the challenges your child experienced. That feedback is important to the teacher. Have your child prepare his/her backpack the night before so mornings are less hectic. For younger children, parents still need to check that your child has everything he/she needs. If your child forgets to bring his/her homework to school, you don’t need to run to school and turn it in. It’s okay for your child to let the teacher know he/she forgot it. We all forget things sometimes. The learning is, your child will develop strategies (with your support) to help remember, and the confidence to tell the teacher what happened and that it will be returned the next day.
As for consistency at bedtime, children in kinder through second grade should be in bed by 8:00 and asleep by 8:30. Third through fifth grade should be in bed no later than 9:00. They have super busy days at school and their little bodies and curious minds need at least 10 hours of sleep to grow and refresh. Reading a book before bed is a great way to prepare them for sleep. Studies have shown that using electronic devices before bed, inhibit and delay restful sleep. It’s a good idea to remove devices from your child’s room before bedtime. The key is predictability - if the family’s afternoon and evening activities are consistent, your child will fall into that routine with less conflict.
A few car reminders: If you park in a handicapped space for after-school pick up, please know that you will not be able to move your car until about 3:00 p.m. Until that time, we have far too many children and parents crossing the parking lot and it’s dangerous. Also, please remember that a U-turn on Lanai is prohibited; thus, no U-turns when leaving the few spaces in front of the school.
Lanai's corporate sponsors support the mission of our school by providing valuable funding for our programs. The families and administration at Lanai know that the effective and successful education of the community’s children is dependent on sustained financial support from community business sponsors and school families.If you interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Brooke Slavik Jung or Neha Callis