Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Waking Up Early When You Are a Late Riser

One of the joys of homeschooling is the fact that it doesn’t have to run on the same timeframe as public schools.  However, I have learned that the later in the day we start our school day, the less it seems we get done, and the grumpier my kids are.  I don’t like getting up early in the morning to start school.  I use to work third shift and getting up at 7 AM is extremely hard for me.  After talking with many other moms who homeschool I have found that I am not the only one who finds getting up early so hard.  After some work I have managed to get used to getting up early each day.  Here are some tips to help you make the adjustment from sleeping in each morning to getting up early.
Start Small
If you are use to getting up at 10 AM, try getting up at 9:30 AM for a few days, then move it up to 9 AM for a few days, then after a few days of getting up at 9 AM try getting up at 8:30 AM for a few days.  Keep moving the time up until you reach the time that you want to get up each day.
Go to Bed Earlier
You can’t expect getting up at 6:30 AM to be easy if you are staying awake until midnight. By making it a point to go to bed earlier will allow you to get enough sleep so that your body won’t keep fighting your desire to wake up earlier in the morning.
Move Your Alarm
When you set your alarm move it to the other side of the room from where you are sleeping.  By moving your alarm to the other side of the room you will force yourself to have to get up out of bed to turn it off.  Once you are up don’t lay back down, instead jump in the shower to wake yourself up completely. 
Let the Sunshine In
If your room is dark and cave-like you are going to want to hide out in it all day.  If you live in an area where it is okay you can leave the window coverings from your windows open at night so that the sun will shine in each morning.  However, if leaving your window coverings open overnight is not possible you can purchase window coverings that will allow the sunlight to stream in through them in the morning.
Get a New Alarm Clock
If you live in the North part of the country where it is dark and dreary in the morning letting the sunshine in is not always possible.  You might consider getting a new alarm clock that offers a sunrise feature.  With the sunrise feature the alarm will mimic the glow of the sunrise in the morning.
Also if you like to hit the snooze button on your alarm in the morning consider buying one that does not have a snooze button.
Don’t Sleep in on Weekends
Getting up early every single day of the week will help your body adjust to your new sleep schedule.  Sleeping in just one day can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule so be sure to avoid the temptation to sleep in on the weekend.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Back to School Menu Plan Monday - August 12th to 18th

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I am dragging my heels in here screaming, "I am not ready for school to be back in session!"  Obviously no one seems to really care as we are all headed back to school anyhow but I want to go on record as saying I AM NOT READY FOR IT!!!  You would think that as homeschoolers we could extend our summer a few more weeks and prolong the start of our school year but that just can't happen.  We belong to a co-op where my children take their core classes and since today is the first day of co-op it means school is officially back in session for us.  My college classes start back next week so I have a week to allow us to get back into the hang of things before I head back to school as well.  Since we are back in school that means easy breakfasts and lunches for us, as well as some nights where my slow cooker will be my saving grace.
Here's what I have planned for us this week:
links to recipes are in red
Breakfast on the go:  Apple Cinnamon Muffin
Lunch at co-op:  Poached Chicken, Pasta N Peas (served cold), Homemade Apple Sauce (recipe to come soon)
After co-op snack:  Snickerdoodle Cookies for the kiddos while momma gets an apple
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes
Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Dinner:  Kelsey's Favorite Stuffed Green Peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
Breakfast:  Cereal
Lunch:  Loaded Baked Potatoes
Dinner:  BBQ Pork Chops, Macaroni and Cheese, My Grandmother's Green Beans
Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Lunch:  Fish Sandwiches, French fries (not as healthy as I like but we have a doctor's appointment in the afternoon and it beats fast food) 
Dinner:  Tarragon Chicken in a Crockpot (a favorite that we haven't had in a LONG time), Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans
Breakfast:  Cereal
Lunch:  Soup, Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
Brunch:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Toast
Dinner:  Salmon Croquettes, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans