Ahhh! Those mornings are upon every homeschool family in North Carolina! Yup! Those cool brisk mornings. Those mornings made for tapping that snooze button a few more times than usual. Starting the day with a hot cup of java and a warm blueberry muffin is just what our school masters order. Right?
Well, that may be our idea of mornings riddled with fall spender. However, it may not be the case with our homeschool students. While many of us with preschool children will venture to state our mornings begin around 7:30am, it may not be the case as our preteen/teen children are begging for an extra hour of sleep.
Just something about those cool mornings make sleeping-in extra inviting!
How do we handle the urge to sleep-in and still begin our day with gusto? In many of my past articles, I have suggested planning and preparation as a “must have” in all homeschools. Ergo, the same applies to these chilly mornings of fall. When we plan on and know what is lurking around the corner, we can adjust our previous night’s activities.
If sleeping-in on cool mornings is something that your family deems an important aspect of the day, then by all means incorporate the extra time into your homeschool day. We are so blessed in North Carolina not to have such strenuous laws that dictate when and where our schools should be housed.
Therefore, all that is left to do is to plan according to how you want to start your day. I have found allowing my preteen to sleep-in a few extra minutes propels a smoother transition into his studies for the day. Research has proven that as children go through puberty, they need more sleep. Their circadian rhythm changes, and thus changes their sleep/wake cycle.
Also, studies have proven pubescent teens often fall asleep later than their younger counterparts or adults. With this knowledge it is understandable why getting your teen in bed at a “decent” hour seems like a loosing battle.
Now, when your teen is wide awake at 1:00am and wants to sleep as late as 10:00am, you know the reason! The best thing for homeschooling parents to realize is that all of our children are different and have different needs throughout their growth. We must adjust to their needs and meet them where they are at. Homeschooling affords our families the time to learn our children and grow with them.
While keeping in mind planning, preparation, and routines, we must not allow our view of a “perfect” day to be destroyed just by the few extra minutes of sleep-time our children need due to the growth and changes in their bodies.
If you have any questions about adolescent growth and development please contact Dana at [email protected] .