Katie has a hard time waking up in the mornings. I've found that when I try to get her up early, 9 times out of 10 she will fall back asleep once I've left her room. Fortunately, since she doesn't have to meet a school bus or be in class before the bell rings, this isn't often an issue. I can just go back in and wake her up again every five minutes until she's really awake. I'm her own personal snooze alarm.
I've found that the best way to get her to really be awake is to hold a conversation with her. If I just walk in and tell her it's time to get up, she may respond to me, but she isn't really awake and won't remember that I ever came in and said anything to her. I generally have a running monologue from the moment I enter her room, telling her everything that we have planned for the day and what she needs to do to get ready.
This morning, the kids all had early dentist appointments; sleeping late was not an option. I went in Katie's room, flipped on the light and started chattering. "We have dentist appointments this morning, Katie. I need for you to get up, get dressed, brush your hair and brush, brush, brush your teeth." She didn't open her eyes, but she flapped a hand at me which lets me know she's on her way to waking up, but if I leave the room now she will fall back asleep and have no memory of this.
I sat on the edge of her bed and jiggled her a little, "I really need you to wake up, sweetie. We've got to be on time. Did you pick out your clothes last night? Do you know what you're going to wear today?"
"Sunglasses and a toothpick," she replied groggily.