Is there actually an ideal time to acquire and retain knowledge?
Oh, how I wish this answer was as simple as telling you that at exactly 4:35 pm you should sit your children down to begin their academic work, as their critical thinking is functioning at its fullest potential.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Science can determine a median for the best times for someone to wake up, eat, exercise, and remember information based on brain function, circadian rhythms, and hormones.
But everyone is different, and a pattern for one person will not be the same for another.
Besides biology, other factors come into play like:
*What’s your child’s age?
*Have they had a sufficient amount of quality sleep?
*Have they eaten properly?
*Do they have any difficulties regarding attention or mental dysfunction?
Meaning, we need to take many items into consideration and also pay attention to our kid’s standard tendencies to determine:
-What duration are they available for
-When are they most alert during the hours we have access to them &
-At what point are distractions at home the lowest
So let's say your child is most alert in the morning but not able to do school work, you can then designate a time when they get home, and after some practice, their brain will understand what it's supposed to do, and perform optimally.
Think about what happens when someone prepares for bed. They put on pajamas, brush their teeth, turn off lights & sounds, lay in bed and say their prayers. (Please feel free to insert your duties in here. ☺) When done consistently, these actions trigger the body to relax, and the brain to begin the transition into sleep because that’s what it has learned to do through repetition.
Academic endeavors will also benefit from this philosophy
*Make sure your kids have eaten properly to increase brain function. Have healthy snacks & water available.
*Set up a space that is specifically designed for studying. Make it comfortable with ample light and the proper tools needed. Much like putting on the imaginary “thinking cap” in elementary school, as soon as their butt sits in that chair the scholarly shift will begin to take place! :)
*Appoint a time and practice daily, then the mind & body will shift into focus.
*TURN OFF as many distractions as possible like games, cell phones, the TV and music
(Unless they study better with it, which we will discuss in an upcoming blog.)
*Take any physical or mental dysfunctions your child may have into account, and ask their physician for any tips to help.
*Try to get them to sleep at a decent time to ensure that the following day will run smoothly.