An SF K Files visitor suggested the following topic:
“Our daughter has two months of K under her belt, at a 7:50am start time school. It is a wonderful little school, it works for us in so many ways, has a great community, and after waiting for months to land any school, we are so happy here. With one major caveat: the start time. It feels much too early for our daughter. She is adjusting beautifully in all respects except that one. Even though she has to get up only about 30 minutes earlier than she otherwise would, she is just exhausted in the AM, and very edgy in the afternoons. We let her sleep until we are almost surely running late – and morning inevitably becomes a huge hustle that requires a lot of focus on her part (and ours!). Earlier in the week, it is OK. By Thursday or Friday, we practically have to peel her out of bed. She seems to recover on the weekends, but even with an early bedtime – 7:30 or 8pm at the latest – she seems to have no reserves.
I am wondering – and would love to hear especially from veterans – whether this is a normal adjustment period? How long before things normalize? Whether it gets easier once the kids are in older grades? Any suggestions to make the transition easier? Do those with later start time schools experience any of these challenges?
Your collective wisdom would be most appreciated because we are seriously considering applying for a transfer for next year to a later start time school, but don’t want to be hasty with such a decision. It would be great to know whether this is a common challenge that works itself out or whether our kid is simply not a morning person (neither of her parents are, so this would not come as a surprise).”