Ask a homeschooler, or a homeschooling parent, about the benefits of homeschooling, and they'll often joke, "Sleeping in."
According to a recent article in Education Week, research is suggesting that sentiment is no joke. The verdict: homeschooled children have healthier sleep habits than kids who go to traditional school. Factors contributing to the advantage are flexible start times for instruction, and an easy commute.
Although it's always nice to have hard science as a back-up, those of us who live the homeschooling lifestyle didn't need it to know that a well-rested kid is a happier, healthier, smarter kid.
Now that a study confirms what we always knew, we can stop wondering whether bucking convention and letting our kids sleep "late" is a good idea. Let your kids get the rest they need, and rest assured it's good for them.