2/03/2016

How We Do Quiet Time

When our children are done taking naps in the afternoon, we have them do Quiet Time. Since we homeschool and we're with each other ALL THE TIME (which I love) we all absolutely need a little time to ourselves every afternoon.

And even though I'm about as extroverted as they come (ENFJ), I still need time to myself; time to get things done, rest and not have to answer to someone every 30 seconds. Give or take. ;)

Quiet Time for us has definitely evolved over the past few years and isn't always easy. It takes a lot of training....on all our parts--the kids to stay in their rooms(!) and Mama not to get angry and impatient. We're all a work in progress.

I've seen some great ideas and have taken from those much wiser than I and this is what I've come up with:
 I don't have a set time when Quiet Time starts, but it's usually when Littlest goes down for his nap. I try to aim for 1pm. It lasts a little over an hour and a half.  I have found over the years that I can't just send the kids into their rooms with no direction. That. doesn't. work.

 That's where my wonderful chart comes in! As a side note, you know what I love about charts? They are the Powers That Be, not me! I'm just enforcing them! "Oh, look, honey, it says 'reading time' is 30 minutes, so you need to stay in your room a bit longer." It takes a little bit of the decision making away too. I get MAJOR DECISION FATIGUE these days. :)

As you can see, there's a rotation: 30 minutes of reading, 35 minutes of playing with toys in the bedroom and 35 minutes of doing something at the table. I don't allow them to do anything that requires my help. Quiet Time is also *my* time to get things done or just recuperate. ;) We have a large dresser in our kitchen with all of the things (and more) you see listed above.
 
To keep it real: there are days when Quiet Time doesn't work at all. Either the kids constantly come out or we have to finish school. But on a good day, our system works very well!

Maybe I've given you a few ideas? :) What do you do for Quiet Time?