Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: central washington state
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If my kids were waking up cranky that often I'd send them to bed earlier. And earlier, and earlier. We used to be really lax about bedtime, and daytime, schedules, but my kids are much better at being able to maintain a positive attitude and cheerful demeanor when they get enough sleep. It is rare for them to be up past 8, and when there's a lot of acting up or that sort of tired-crankiness, they have naps and/or go to bed even earlier.
If my older son doesn't get his schoolwork done because of himself (not because I'm unorganized and unprepared and start too late, etc.) than he may very well miss out on the afternoon activities. And sometimes we skip those, even though they're fun, just because we need some relaxing time at home, to read stories or play or just do whatever we want. But our lives are scheduled pretty tightly, our days are full, and we're tired by bedtime!
I wonder if having school time more consistently, like four or five days a week, starting at the same time, might help? It helps us, just to be able to count on what's going to happen each day.
And starting off with a little circle time, everyone together- we light a candle, do a few songs, poems, movement verses, oral reading, harmonica- starts us out feeling all together and moves us gently into school-mode. No one is being tumbled out of bed and into math drills! I think I'd be cranky about that!