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Kinder MatWhen kids go to school, parents often worry that they will not be comfortable enough, especially those parents who are enrolling preschoolers into their first school. Nap times are often the most uncomfortable times because, in the past, kids have been required to lay on thin mats that are scattered around randomly. Isn’t it good to know that comfort in kindergarten and nursery school are both improving?

Schools and Napping

preschool napsChildren who are well rested are more able to learn. They are less cranky. They are better behaved. The list may go on and on. There are just so many benefits to having well rested children who get enough sleep each night and during the day. There are also a few cons as well. Often, kids lay down but they are unable to get comfortable enough for a short nap when they are at school. This can make them even more cranky and it can make it so that they do not learn as well as they would under normal circumstances. It can make them feel groggier instead of better. It can mean that the teacher does not get a break that they want and it may make them feel cranky themselves.

How Schools Are Helping

Preschools and nursery schools are both working to encourage better naps for all kids. Smaller children and toddlers have access to round baby cribs. They have good sized mattresses with a couple inches of padding to ensure their total comfort.

Kindergartens are not able to have cribs for comfort, but they are using thicker carpets in areas where naps are taken. This means there is more padding on the floors under the kinder mats. It ensures they get the relaxation that they need and then when they come home, they have learned the things that they should have during the day and you will have a happy child at home.

Parents Can Also Relax

nappingParents spend a lot of time worrying about a lot of things. How comfortable kids are when they are at school, should not have to be one of them. Taking care of kids at home is easy compared to what teachers have to deal with when they have a class full. Take a break and feel confident that teachers have it under control. They have everything that they need to ensure that your kids are safe and now they are also making them very comfortable. They can get one of the two recommended naps that they should have each day. This will ensure that they do not fall asleep on the bus on the way home and it will ensure that when they get home, you will have no issues trying to get them to talk about their day, show you what they learned, and more. What more could you hope for?

butterfly gardenChildren love to learn and they have a more successful learning experience when they can take a “hands-on” approach to it. For this reason, schools have always taken children on trips throughout the year. Some of them may be for more fun than learning if it is a reward of some sort for doing things well throughout the year. Others, though, are to provide them with something that is both fun and educational. Ideally, it will tie in with a lesson that they are learning at the time because that will make it the ultimate school trip for all students.

What Can Be Learned from a Field Trip?

Police station field tripThe learning experience that can be gained from a field trip is unimaginable. Most all destinations can teach a child science, art, language, math, and other subjects. The educational value will depend on where you are going on the field trip. For instance, if you take a trip to a butterfly garden, you will learn about nature and plants. This is a great science lesson for most elementary aged children. Whereas a trip to an art museum may be better suited to older students who are taking art and can appreciate the things they see.

Popular Field Trip Destinations

Butterfly gardens and museums of all types are great places to visit for schools, but it doesn’t have to end with those two places. A recycling center, the zoo, an aquarium, a planetarium, and other similar places are very popular. Many teachers like to take young students to fire stations and police stations to talk about careers and community helpers. They may also take a trip to a farm to learn about produce or animals.

There may also be times that a school will visit an area just because it is local to their area. For instance, a school that is located along the coast may take a field trip to a pier or the beach to learn about different types of fish or wildlife that may be found there. If you live in Florida, you may take a trip to a place like the Crystal River State Archaeological Site, where kids can learn about fossils and how to dig for unique treasures to see what they can find. In an area where people use to go mining for gold, this can also be a field trip that the school takes since students can learn about mining and history.

Parents Can Plan Trips Also

fossil field tripsAs a parent, you can take advantage of many of the same field trips, even without the school. It can still be a great learning experience for your child. Even if you cannot venture to field trip destinations, the ultimate field trip may be a trip to a local river where you talk to your child about the fish, rocks, tide changes, or anything else that applies to that river, or that area. You could even talk about the Indians that used to call that area home and how they traveled on canoes through that river if it applies to that area. With a little creativity, learning can happen anywhere. Where you will go with your child and what will you teach them about?