Reasons Why I Homeschool: Getting Up Early is No Fun

If given the chance to motivate myself, or if I am forcefully motivated by my small children, I can very easily stumble out of bed, force large amounts of caffeine down my throat and start my day at 5 am.  That doesn’t really mean that I enjoy it or that I am easy to deal with in the morning. That also doesn’t mean all of the children are eager to jump out of bed first thing in the morning. On any give day we are all just as happy to sleep in until 8am, which suits me just fine.

That is one of the reasons why homeschooling works for our family with 5 little Nuts. I don’t see any reason why I should drag my growing children out of bed before their body’s tell them it is time to get up. That makes for difficult mornings, trouble at school and struggles with homework in the evening. I can see the difference in the way my children behave when they are the ones who decide when to get out of bed. They are more pleasant in the mornings and for the rest of the day. I can see a huge benefit with this for our entire family and the way we interact with each other. Since I started homeschooling my 3 oldest Nuts they get along with each other better. I especially notice a difference in Wing Nut who is a sleepyhead in the morning and slow to get going. He is happy to wake up, grab a book and read for awhile before getting out of bed.

The idea of putting them to bed early is a lost one. When my kids where in public school, and for years before that, bedtime was always at 7:30. The bedtime shuffle started at 7pm and included pj’s, brushing teething and hopping into bed for reading. Regardless of an early bedtime, the kids were not ready to get up at 6:30-7:00 in the morning.

Letting the children sleep in is just one of the reasons why Homeschooling works for our family. Just because it is first on my list does not mean it is the most important one. This is what works for our family and starts our days off on the right foot, so I do think it is an important one. If you are thinking of homeschooling your children but are still not sure, I am happy to answer any questions you have.

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6 Responses to Reasons Why I Homeschool: Getting Up Early is No Fun

  1. Janiene on March 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I stumbled upon your website while looking for a high calorie shake for my oldest son. My son has been the same weight for over 2 years. He keeps falling lower and lower on the growth chart – landing at barely 5% for weight. We are trying everything we can to get the weight on him. I was reading about your oldest son on the side of your site and I feel like that is my son too! I am grateful for your site and I am your newest follower. Blessings to you!!!

    • Hazel Nut on March 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

      It has been so difficult to get him to gain weight. And I feel like many of his behavior problems and concentration problems come from that. I am glad that you found me, I hope that your son can get some weight on him soon!

  2. stuart on October 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

    We take advantage of this benefit too, although we have to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.

    • Hazel Nut on October 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

      I know what you mean Stuart! There are days I can’t seem to get them moving…but those days make me even happier that I am homeschooling. Getting them out of the house on sleepy days was chaos, lol!

  3. Tricia on October 23, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Ability to sleep until their bodies say it is time to wake up is a definite plus to homeschooling. I am looking forward to the rest of your list.

    • Hazel Nut on October 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

      I come up with new reasons everyday on why I am so happy that I homeschool! I am truly amazed at how much happier my children are now that they are on their own sleep cycle 🙂

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