My kids work best when they're fresh. Not fresh and clean, just fresh out of bed. Even as an otherwise non-morning person, I teach best in the morning, too. We try to get as much school work in before lunch as possible, even if that means working with bad breath and bed head.
We don't even require matching jammies!
We're brushing up on telling time. It's not an easy skill to master when the only analog clock in your home is from Our Name Is Mud.
And you have to work extra hard when there's so much "help" being offered.
I was not a fan of collaborative learning until we started homeschooling. I was so wrapped up in individualized education, I became blind to the benefits of learning from others.
Now there's a very limited amount of one-on-one teaching in our house. We're big on group effort.
And we're very big on time chips!
Our ancient kitchen table has the scars to prove it.