Sleep is important for your children, but having enough time to prepare for school each day is just as important. (Green Shoot Media photo)

The routine your children had during school slowly faded during the summer break. Now that school is about to begin, your children must spend time to create and get into the school routine again.

Daily Schedule

Summer break allowed your children to go to bed a little later than they would during the school year. Sleep is important, but having enough time to prepare for school each day is just as important. Create a schedule for your children to follow that will allow them to go to bed at a consistent hour while also allowing them to wake up at least two hours before school is to start so they can be awake and prepared to take on the day.

Importance of Homework

Creating a time at home to get work done can help your children stay on track during the school year. The Education Department says homework can help children develop strong study habits and positive attitudes.

According to, homework helps students:

» Review and practice what they have covered in class

» Prepare for class the next day

» Learn to use resources, such as libraries, reference materials and websites

» Explore subjects more fully than classroom time permits

» Extend learning by applying skills they already have to new situations

» Integrate their learning by applying different skills to a single task, such as book reports or science projects

» Learn to manage time and meet deadlines

Help with Homework

Parents can help their children with homework by setting a regular time and place for homework that removes distractions that may interfere with their progress.

The Education Department advises parents to provide supplies, identify resources and show interest in what your child is learning. Remember that communication with teachers and counselors at their school is very important for helping your child with homework.

Sleeping Better

The Health and Human Services Department advises children to get plenty of sleep each night. Sleeping is not only about the amount of hours you sleep, but more about the quality of sleep that is gained each night.

Placing yourself and your children on a sleep schedule will make it easier for your body to get good quality sleep.

Here is a list of the recommended hours of sleep various age groups should get each night, according to the HHS:

» Most adults need seven to eight hours of good quality sleep on a regular schedule each night.

» Preschoolers need to sleep between 10 to 13 hours a day, including naps.

» School-aged children need nine to 12 hours of sleep each night.

» Teens need eight to 10 hours of sleep each night.

Staying on a consistent sleeping schedule can benefit the body in a variety of ways. Good quality sleep reduces stress, can help you maintain a healthy weight, think more clearly and do better in school and at work.

Sleep can also lower your risk for serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease.