Bambini Homeschool 10 : Quiet Time
Our Preschool Homeschool days all look a little different, but I have been sharing glimpses of our schedule over the past few weeks. I have been breaking our schedule down into pieces, starting with this one and today I'm sharing about Quiet Time.
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Our Homeschool Preschool Schedule:
7:00-9:00 Getting Ready for Adventure
9:00-11:30 Morning Adventures
11:30-1:00 Lunch + Group Time
1:00-3:00 Nap + Quiet Time
Quiet Time is something that has changed greatly in the past two months in our house. From ages 15 months to 3 years old after lunch was "quiet play time." This meant that our twins went to their rooms and played quietly with books, puzzles, and manipulatives for about a half an hour. We started with about 10 or 15 minutes when they were little and the time lengthened. Then I would read them a couple of stories, tuck them in bed, and they would nap. I'm not going to lie, it was awesome. My husband and I worked hard on training our kids to sleep and this was definitely part of the reward.
Then in February, my daughter stopped napping. We are in the process of figuring out what this new life without a nap for her looks like. Since my son is still napping regularly and I need a little quiet time to recharge my mama batteries, we are working on ways to lengthen her quiet time and keep her content while everyone else is resting. Being the social, extrovert that she is it has been a challenge some days. These are times when I miss having colleagues to chat with like I did when I was working full time. I've read various articles and posts (I found Allison McDonald's advice to be a good start) and have been chatting about it on Facebook. Please share any ideas that have worked for you there or in the comments.
Right now our routine is:
Books + Puzzles : This still happens after lunch but I've moved in to the table downstairs after lunch. This is still mostly quiet, which helps settle my son down for his nap, but is a different environment than the one my daughter will be playing in while he sleeps. I'm pondering ways to add some calm social interaction with them during this time to give her some more attention before she heads upstairs.
Storytime : I talked about this more last week, but we read a couple of stories or chapters in a longer book on the couch together.
Nap / Quiet Time : around 1:00p they head upstairs. My son goes right to sleep and usually sleeps until around 3:30p. My daughter plays "quietly" in her room.
I am working on a rotation system to keep new materials in her room during this time. Some quiet time materials include:
Dramatic Play: she adores little people, fairies, and her dollhouse.
Fine Motor: Peg board, lacing cards/beads/pegs, puzzles. This is not a great strength or area of interest for her and I think that is part of our struggle.
Felt Board: this goes along with her interest in pretend play and literacy. I am trying out having the felt board in her room and rotating story props.
Books: Wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Her favorites for quiet time seem to be the anthology types like this collection of Madeline stories.
Art: Both kids have a chalk board painted on their wall. I have been putting little drawing prompts on the board for her each day.
More Ideas from other Mamas:
*Giving him some choice about where to spend his time resting seems key. - Karen F.
*Dry Erase board with crayons or markers and more ideas here. -Dusty from To the Moon and Back
*Books on tape with a book to read along and busy bags. - Katie M.
*Pipe Cleaners and a Quiet book. -Alida from The Realistic mama
*Reading books, playing with legos, and sticker books. - Megan D.
*Detailed coloring sheets and other great ideas for older kids. -MaryAnne from Mama Smiles
*Felt boards, magnetic dolls, blocks. A bin that you swap out is always a new experience. Also the restickable stickers that come with several scences - Karen from Spoil My Family
*Legos, baseball field and dudes, wood planks, color wonder mess free markers, water wow from Melissa and Doug, new books, puzzles, lace and trace - Sara H.
*Ask them to sort things - for example, sort buttons in terms of colors or size. - Carol H.
3:00-3:30 Snack + Table Invitation
3:30-5:30 Play Time
5:30 Daddy's Home + Family Time Begins
Please share! What works well for you during this time of day?
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