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Homeschooled children get more sleep than children who attend public school.  This is why they generally are better able to learn during the day.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with the good organization of the home, or the use of a curriculum package that has been specifically chosen to reflect the academic level of the child.

Apparently you can send your child to public school and still make up for the hour and a half of extra sleep homeschoolers get per night by just taking all electronic devices out of your kid's room and being "consistent" about bedtime routines.  Because yeah.  Public schools never schedule parent-teacher conferences or sporting events in such a way that it would encroach on a consistent bedtime routine.

Ok, seriously?  This whole article is a big ol' stereotype.  So happens my homeschooler wants to get up at the crack of dawn and get his work done.  He is up and working a full two hours before the public school he would have attended even begins.

There is also something positive to be said for a consistent routine that a public school may provide for some families, but it is rather rigid and inflexible. But judging from the comments, we're usually lounging about and lazy all the time.  Or. We have some secret cabal of super-educated brainiacs raising an entirely elitist and parallel mini-society of homeschoolers who will someday take over the world, Pinky.

It's Wednesday today, though...


  1. It has been proven that a good night's sleep and a good breakfast go a long way to having alert children who are able to focus and concentrate. Home schooling or public schooling has nothing to do with it.

    1. Wouldn't you think? You should write for the Washington Post instead of the article author. :)

  2. @@ and all these years I thought it was my fabulous teaching. :-P

    1. Nope, it's the jammies and the mystical socioeconomic status you possess. It's better than a secret handshake.

  3. My kids do get significantly more sleep than the neighbor children because my husband's alarm goes off at 4:45 and so we are an early to bed kind of family, even in the summer.


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