5 and 6-year olds
The best bed time for elementary kids is no later than 8:00 pm. If you don’t go to bed on time, then you will feel sleepy during school and it will be hard
to stay awake.
You must eat breakfast EVERY morning. Breakfast will give you a lot of energy and make you feel great during school.
Make sure you turn your homework in on time. Teachers will not give you good grades if you do not return your homework when they tell you to.
Ignore bullies and tell and adult if the bullying is really bothering you. Also, never make fun of other people. Enemies will take the fun out of school.
Don’t go anywhere alone. It is very dangerous to be anywhere alone in a public place.
7 to 9-year olds
Go to bed each night at the same time to ensure that you get plenty of sleep. People that don’t get enough sleep are more tired and cranky the next day. They also tend to get into silly arguments with their friends.
Eat breakfast and lunch everyday for more brain power. People that don’t eat struggle with school lessons that are normally easy. Some lessons may seem impossible when your brain doesn’t have enough energy.
Put yourself on a schedule for your homework. If you are on a schedule then you will not forget. Also, you will have more time to play afterwards if you get your
homework done early enough.
Avoid falling into bullies trap. Bullies pick on kids for attention. If you get upset when a bully picks on you then they will most likely keep it up. The best advice is to ignore bullies. Most of the time, that will make them stop.
Think of safety when going to school and leaving school. If you leave school property alone, then you put yourself in danger. Also, do NOT talk to strangers. It is hard to tell who is good and who is bad. The best move is to not talk to people that you do not know.
10 to 14-year olds
You need 8 hours of REM sleep each night. To do so, make sure that you do not eat anything hearty within 1 hour before going to bed, do not exercise within 1 hour before going to bed, and avoid playing video games, working on the computer, or watching television for over 1 hour right before going to bed.
Eat right. Avoid fast-food. You need to eat all 3 meals per day to maintain energy.
Don’t rush through your homework. The assignments that you do at home are meant to make you smarter. If you rush through them, then you are not learning.
Treat others the way you want to be treated. If someone threatens you, make sure you tell an adult. If someone teases you, learn how to respond with humor.
Be alert at all times. If you are walking home from school alone or with a friend make sure you watch out of potentially dangerous encounters. Always let your parents know where you are and when you plan on being home.
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars
Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.