While preparing for our school year I recently revamped our MOTH schedule. Quiet Time has always been scheduled during a two-hour block each afternoon. However, since Lil’ Nut decided a couple of months ago that she didn’t require a nap anymore, I shortened Quiet Time to just one hour. That gives everyone just enough time to rest and relax for a little while before our read-aloud time and chores.
Lil’ Nut has some new-found freedom. She can play quietly on the floor or look at books, but she’s not allowed to come out of her room or be noisy. She was so excited to not have to spend QT in her bed anymore, and I imagined that she would happily play the hour away hosting a tea party for her dolls. I’ve been popping in to check on her each afternoon, and this is what I’ve been finding.
Now that she doesn’t have to stay in her bed, she’s actually wants to–and she’s falling asleep! Today when she woke up she said, “I was feeling a little bit lazy, and my bed wanted me to rest on it.”
I’ve learned something important, though. If you don’t wake said three year old up at the end of Quiet Time, she will be wired up and ready to play at bedtime.