Well, it's Monday morning of Week 1, Term 4 here.
It's 10:15 AM (but two days ago it was still 9:15am).
No sign of the kids, despite my numerous attempts to rouse them.
Ahh - how times change! I keep reading Facebook statuses that say they would love a sleep-in past 6am. Those people obviously DO NOT have teens/pre-teens!! I feel like saying to them "give it a few years, times will change!"
Teenage hormones plus shift to daylight savings do not for early mornings make! Apparently adolescents naturally shift to going to bed later and also have a increased need for sleep - something that is very noticeable around here with a 12 year old and 13 year old! Before daylight savings kicked in, my two were often still in bed, putting out zzz's at 10 or 11am. Shift the clocks forward one hour and you can make that 11am or midday!!
The article I linked to has a recommendation from the University of Toronto psychologists (who must know about such things) suggesting that Universities and high school classes should start at 11am to take into account the changes in circadian rhythms that adolescents go through. How lovely we can accommodate that recommendation!
One of the many, many advantages of homeschooling is that instead of them snoring their way through a school day that would start at 8:30am, at least one hours travel way (so we would be getting up at 6:30am!), we can just adjust to their changed sleep patterns, so they are not sleep deprived.
I tutor teenagers after school. I've had a couple literally nod their heads and close their eyes at 5pm, because they are exhausted. Doesn't make for constructive learning, does it?
Of course, not everyone here feels the same way...Hubby thinks everyone should be up and dressed at 9am, ready to "work". Especially if he is going to work. But he is also the one who loves a bit of an afternoon nanna nap, so go figure.
So given the absence of any children awake to homeschool this morning, and the fact that I'm getting through loads of washing and cups of tea is not riveting reading, here are a few snapshots of the past couple of weeks, where learning does indeed happen all the time, even in the school holidays, even if you get up at 11am:
|Little fellow enjoying the spring sunshine in our tidied up garden!|
|Exploring ABACABA patterns...|
|Proud of his work!|
|Pop-up fractals! Instructions found here (scroll way down to Pop Up Fractals....actually these aren't the instructions I used...but I can't find the ones I did). Would love see your attempts! We will have to try the second template too :-) More instructions found here!|
|Wave physics on Khan academy|
|Uno and rugby league grand final|
|Looking for patterns in nature|
|Pandemic board game|
|Great cooperative game, but unfortunately we have yet to save the world from destruction!|
Now if you will excuse me, I have another load of washing to hang out and some kids to attempt to wake up!
If you have teens, do you let them sleep in?
Do you love a bit of a nanna nap in the afternoon?
When was the last time you had a really good sleep in?
Did you enjoy the school holidays?