I realize some homeschool moms are adamant about it: They need an 8:00 start time for their homeschool or else they feel like they’ve frittered the best part of their day away.
Our kids get more sleep.
Putting our kids to bed later means they need to sleep later if they’re to get adequate rest. Some kids are better at this than others obviously, but it’s nice giving them the option of sleeping in or at least laying around for a while or having some quiet playtime before school gets started.
This has truly been one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling for us. I’ve watched other parents stress over bedtimes, often to the point of arranging every activity in their lives around them, just to ensure their children are getting adequate sleep. And of course sleep is important if they’re to do well in school! But even the Centers for Disease Control has begun encouraging school districts to start school later, simply because the lifestyles of most people today don’t lend toward early bedtimes.
For us lack of sleep isn’t usually an issue. Our kids always have the option of sleeping in.
It makes my mornings far more relaxed.
I love mornings. Truly. And I hate feeling rushed through them. I get up fairly early, typically between 6:30 and 7, but that gives me plenty of time to have my devotions, read a little news, check my email, do some writing, and sometimes even fit in a little exercise. Plus I can do some cleanup and start a load of laundry before beginning breakfast. I like having the time to do these things at a reasonable pace, instead of rolling out of bed and barreling toward homeschooling at breakneck speed.
I like feeding my kids a good breakfast.
There’s nothing wrong with feeding my kids cereal, yogurt, or fresh fruit for breakfast. Sometimes I need a quick and easy breakfast.
But my kids, my boys especially, really appreciate a hot, filling breakfast. And I like fixing it for them. One of my boys is even learning to be a big help with breakfast, which saves me some time and effort, teaches him a useful skill, and gives us some one-on-one time together in the mornings.
We usually start school over breakfast, which works great for us because it brings us all together for a good meal and some time in the Bible. And while I realize 10:00 is pretty late for breakfast in the eyes of many, it works great for us, especially since we just follow it up with a late lunch and late dinner!
It isn’t impossible to have a good breakfast when you start school early, but it’s definitely more of a challenge. Unless maybe you’re one of those people who likes to get up at 4:30 in the morning, which I am NOT.