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Princess Power! A lesson plan for homeschooling parents. (feat. Sleeping Beauty)

The focus of this campaign is to empower young girls to understand that their princess role models are fierce. Princesses don’t always need saving. As our world continues to grow, change, and evolve so should the narrative of our favorite fairytale princesses!


Objective: Children will understand and demonstrate the value of sleep to help their growth and development.

Supports Health Standards:

Standard 4 Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.

Standard 5 Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.

Standard 6 Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

Standard 7 Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.


  1. Watch Sleeping Beauty and discuss how sleep effected the outcome of the story.

  2. Learn about healthy sleep and the benefits

  3. Create a dream journal. You can use words or pictures to remember your dreams.

  4. Demonstrate healthy sleep choices

Read and Discuss

Why We Sleep:

  • Remember what you learn

  • Pay attention and concentrate

  • Solve problems and think of new ideas

  • Muscles, bones, and skin can grow

  • Muscles, skin and other parts can fix injuries

  • Body can stay healthy and fight sickness

Ask: What do you think happens when you do not get enough sleep?

Possible Answers:

  • Forget what you learned

  • Have trouble making good choices

  • Be grumpy and in a bad mood

  • Have trouble playing games and sports

  • Be less patient with brothers, sisters, and friends

  • Have trouble listening to parents and teachers

Ask: What do you think happens when you do get enough sleep?

  • Pay attention better in school

  • Be creative and think of new ideas

  • Fight sickness so you stay healthy

  • Be in a good mood

  • Get along with friends and family

  • Solve problems better

Show and Discuss SLEEP CYCLES

Let's Talk About Dreams: You hold on tight as you fly through the air. The wind blows your hair off your face, as the giant bird on which you ride dips and turns. The giant bird makes a dive for the ground. The Earth gets closer and closer. At the very last second the bird swoops up as your feet barely hit the ground, and then takes off again. This is an awesome trip!  The next day you smile as you think of your adventure the night before. You close your eyes and remember how tiny the world looked as you and the giant bird swished over the earth. It felt so real. Like riding in an airplane, only better! 

But it wasn't real.  It was a dream.Everybody dreams every night. But you don't always remember your dreams. People dream during the stage of sleep called Rapid Eye Movement or R.E.M. You spend about two and a half hours dreaming. Most of your dreaming sleep happens between 4:00 and 7:00 in the morning. Scientists are not sure why we dream or what we dream. They do know that R.E.M. sleep is important for learning and memory. TV shows, video and computer games, real people, and actual events can show up in your dreams. Your dreams may be related to how you feel, your worries, your hopes, or things you are excited about. 

Some Dreams Are SCARY! Here are some tips to take the scary out of your dreams!

Just about everybody has had a very scary dream that wakes them up in the middle of the night. Here are some things you can do if you have had a nightmare:

  • Talk about these dreams with a parent or another adult you trust

  • Draw a picture of the dream

  • Write a story about your dream with a happy ending 

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep

The most important thing to remember is that whether your dream is scary, fun, funny, or weird, it is your dream and you are in control!

Do you want to keep track of your dreams?  

Keep a dream journal.  When you wake up, write about or draw dreams you remember in your special journal. Have fun trying to figure out what your dreams mean! 


Create a dream journal! Make sure to include:

-The date

-Time you went to bed, what you are thankful for from the day, and what your plans are for the next day

-The time you woke up, what you are thankful for that day, and what you are looking forward to that day

-Any dreams that you have

You can use words, sentences, or pictures in your dream journal. It is for you. If you wish to share it with others you can but it is a personal space for you to express yourself.



Lesson Plan written and published by Aimee Grissmeyer for Princess My Party

Photographer: Sara Mathers SM Photography for Princess My Party

Sleeping Beauty Model : Kayla Performer for Princess My Party

Resources: Sleep for Kids Organization

Resources: National Education Standards for Elementary Education

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