Nutritious Homework Breaks - Christie Chiles Twillie


The start of the school year has many parents anticipating yet another increase in the amount of homework their child will receive. With each higher school grade the desire for their child to be ranked between the 85-100% percentiles will grow. Consistent study habits and high test scores manifest success and opportunity, something every parent wants their child to achieve. But sometimes the pressure “do your best,” can be overwhelming for students. Often with each success comes the challenge of do equally as well, if not better on the next go round. The stress that comes from hours of focus means that more and more parents and students are looking for a way to release the anxious feelings that derive from anticipated success.

Most students have extracurricular activities such as sports to act as a buffer for these emotions. Sports also provide the team setting and success through a group effort. For the families who are unable to take their children to these kinds of activities however, opportunities can be diminished if not lost. The poor economy and high gas prices may also have you thinking, “How can we cut back without letting our child miss out on an opportunity to relax?” Well let us of offer another solution; one that will cost your less money each month and that does not require you to travel.

Music lessons In Your Home enable students to relax, change their focus and to work in a team environment to achieve goals. For students who are stressed, a 30, 45 or 1 hour session provides a break and an opportunity to express themselves under the guidance of a mentor. There are countless studies that have disseminated the benefits of music study on the psyche among other things so we won’t take time to mention them again. But very few music related articles every mentioned that allowing a student to take a short period of time to play a instrument or sing as a homework break has great emotional and disciplinary benefits.

Music breaks allow the mind to stay focused and aware; they provide re-direction from a physical perspective since the student must now be conscious of moving, strumming, fretting and breathing in the ways that will enhance their tone. The desire to play or sing fast, slow, high or low are outlets for built up frustration. And then… after the 15-30 minutes of practice, the student can return to their studies refreshed, reinvigorated and with the feeling that they can achieve success in their other work too.