Quiet time is important to have. It is a time for everyone to have a break and process what they’ve learned so far. Quiet time also has a lot of developmental benefits. Read here to learn more. (Article about kids being introverts and developmental benefits)
To have a successful quiet time, follow these guidelines.
Separate each Womple and instruct them that they are only allowed to do quiet activities (i.e. Coloring, reading, napping, etc.)
NO TALKING during quiet time. Let the Womples know if they need to talk, they can whisper.
Turn off all main lights and provide the option for napping
Play instrumental music during this time.
Everyone must do a quiet activity alone for at least half of quiet time (approximately 30 minutes) Read the room, if the kids are content, they can keep going. If they are getting antsy, you can end at any point before rowdiness ensues. This is important because it teaches them that quiet time will end before they get bored.
After quiet time ends, free play is also important to implement. Kids process what they’ve learned and their experiences through play.
Use the following to have a successful free play time.
Bring out materials such as, balls, coloring, toys or anything else that they do not play with during the day.
Choose a location, preferably a place different than where you spend the majority of your time.
Create physical boundaries so Womples know how far they can go.
Allow them to play as they desire, making sure the play is appropriate and safe for all.