Rock-a-bye-baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock…….
The slumber party, though it sounds sleepy and dull, is one of the most exciting events on the school activity calendar.
On Friday, 16th October 2015, the students of Nursery and K.G. were invited to party with their teachers in the most relaxing and comfortable atmosphere- a class room that had transformed into a sleeping pad. The children came dressed in comfortable clothes that are usually reserved for bed. They also carried toothbrushes, towels and delightful snacks with them.
After their usual morning lessons, the children gathered in their classrooms; only this time they came ready to start their bedtime routine. The teachers encouraged the students to set their sleeping space and sang lots of nursery rhymes and lullabies. They even watched cartoons while having their milk. Finally just before they dozed off to sleep, they read stories while curling into sleeping positions.
The teachers also explained the importance of cleaning the teeth before going to sleep. After the teeth brushing session, the children were ready to be tucked in by their teachers for a nap. The children slept quietly for quite some time. After the nap, the children were asked to wake up from their sweet sleep and were taught morning rituals like praying, wishing their parents, bathing, brushing teeth etc. Later on they were even taught the significance of hygiene, freshening up, etc and they were also introduced to the concept of having a heavy breakfast. At the end of the school day, the kids were excited to go home to share the beautiful experience with their parents and siblings, while carrying their night caps- a token of love for their enthusiastic participation and .
The efforts of the teachers were appreciated by Principal Ms. Vijaya Kumar and coordinator Ms. Rizwan Fathima who believe that sleeping well is very important. Sleep deprived children can be restless, irascible, aggressive, and very moody which can lead to bad behaviour and poor school performance in the long run.
Therefore, it was a great effort to teach the three and four year old children a proper sleeping routine, something often neglected in the today’s world.