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This is related to my other thread but I wanted to have a thread asking this specific question

 

 

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I have two in junior kindergarten (age 4.5) and they need at least 11 hours/night.  Preferably 12.  Dd can handle a little bit less than ds but not much.


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Thanks. I am not aware of junior kindergarten. In the U.S. they are 5+ in KG.


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about 11 hours to be fully functional


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My kindergartner (will be 6 in January) goes to bet between 8pm - 9pm and gets up at about 7:30am - 8am.
 

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Last year in kindergarten, my daughter went to sleep at 7.30 and woke up at 7.  By the end of the week, she was sooooo tired. 

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Mine might be an outlier, but she goes to bed around 9, probably doesn't fall asleep until 9:30 or 10, and gets up at 6:45, so about 9 hours.  She still takes a nap at school, but I don't think she needs it.  She doesn't really have a bedtime, she goes to bed when she's tired. 


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About 11 hours and maybe once a week or so an extra hour here or there. We read stories at 6:30 and lights are out by 7:15-7:30 and it takes about 15 minutes to sleep. Occasionally he still wakes up and needs a hand held but for the most part (thank you thank you finally) he sleeps through the night and wakes up at 6:30 .

 

When he gets closer to 10 hours he is obviously, visably tired.

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My 5.5 yo ds needs between 10 and 10.5 hrs. He has always needed considerably less sleep than his 7yo sister, who still needs closer to 11 or even a bit more. They go to bed at the same time, but he's always up longer piddling about in his bedroom and he usually rises first too. I think he takes after his father in this regard, who is a complete night owl.
 


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again i feel there is no average with this. some kids need more sleep than others. my dd from day one was the type that slept less than other babies. to date she sleeps less than others. somedays through she does fight sleep and sleeps less than usual. sending her to bed does not mean she sleeps. usually that weekend she makes up at least one night. 

 

at k dd slept maybe 9 to 10 hours. these days its 8 - 9 hours in 5th grade. she cannot EVER wake up at 7 am during school days. on weekends she is up bright and early at 6:30 to 7 am. eyesroll.gif a couple of nights ago she slept 6 hours as she was up later than usual finishing up a project she had forgotten about. 


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My son needs 10-11 hours of sleep to get through the day without being too tired or a bit cranky. His bedtime is around 8pm since he started school. 


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Mine might be an outlier, but she goes to bed around 9, probably doesn't fall asleep until 9:30 or 10, and gets up at 6:45, so about 9 hours.  She still takes a nap at school, but I don't think she needs it.  She doesn't really have a bedtime, she goes to bed when she's tired. 

They get to nap in K?


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Last year in kindergarten, my daughter went to sleep at 7.30 and woke up at 7.  By the end of the week, she was sooooo tired. 

This is my dd.


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They get to nap in K?

My DD's kindergarten class has a 30 minute rest time each day.
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My DD's kindergarten class has a 30 minute rest time each day.

polli is this different from choice time? do they also get a half hour choice time? is she in full day K? 

 

dd has always had choice time from K. they are allowed to do anything - even rest their head down on their desk. no nap space though. it is interesting that i have seen 5th graders use more down time during choice time, either reading or drawing quietly at their desk than K. in K they were more talkative, interactive and played board games together in a group. its v. rarely that i'd see a child with their head down in K. some of course prefered alone time. 


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It's full-day kindergarten and the kids rest on mats on the floor. It comes after recess and lunch, so there's no need for socializing. They've just done that for an hour. A child, or two, might fall asleep, but most just rest, read, or color (which is allowed in some classes.) Choice time is something completely different. The children have access to the whole room, but can't just sit around and socialize.

Resting/reading/coloring on a mat is way more comfortable than putting your head down on a table.
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Resting/reading/coloring on a mat is way more comfortable than putting your head down on a table.

sure!! i think the only full day Ks in our area when dd was in K were at private schools. all others were half day K. dd was in a daycare before K. i think in her group of about 20 4 year old kids only two kids slept. they all had to lay down for half an hour. those who werent asleep got up to do quiet activities. many of those kids struggled to stay down for that half hour. i think they got 2 hours nap time. 


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One of my 5 year olds does best on 12 hours (7-7) with a short 10-15 minute cat nap around 5 pm in the car or lying on the floor. She sleeps in her own bed all night.

The other 5 year old does best on 9 hours (9-6) but can get by on less.  She also comes into my bed half-way through the night.


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One of my 5 year olds does best on 12 hours (7-7) with a short 10-15 minute cat nap around 5 pm in the car or lying on the floor. She sleeps in her own bed all night.

The other 5 year old does best on 9 hours (9-6) but can get by on less.  She also comes into my bed half-way through the night.

Thanks, mumm. This gives me a good idea of how different they can be from each other. Mine certainly seems like a 12 hr kind. She said recently that she feels "droopy" when she's back from school. This is on 10.5-11 hrs of sleep. Even though she gets a solid 11 hrs I think her sleep is disturbed by dreams, or being hot or cold. Even though I have the temperature at what is comfortable when we go to sleep it changes a lot for her in her sleep. She gets hot v. quickly. If I have it too cool she won't be able to fall asleep.


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