One of the first homeschooling books that I read was The Well Trained Mind, and it suggested a quiet time every afternoon for a few hours. It sounded like a marvelous idea at the time but I didn’t schedule it into my day at the time. As I began reading homeschooling blogs, and more homeschooling books I found that a daily quiet time was a regular thing in most homeschooler’s days. Again, I was interested in incorporating it into my family’s homeschool day but was not quite sure how to make it happen. Now we have a daily quiet time and I wished I would have incorporated it sooner. If you are looking to add a quiet time to your homeschool days here are some ideas on how to make it work for you.
Quiet Time after Lunch
Many people find that taking the time for a quiet time after lunch is a good fit for them. After lunch is finished many homeschooling moms state that they will lay their younger ones down for a nap while the older ones quietly read in their rooms.
Mid-Afternoon Reading Hour
Another popular form of a daily quiet time is a mid-afternoon reading time. During this time everyone in the family finds a book to read, and finds a cozy place to read at. It seems to work best if this is a set time say from 2 PM to 3PM each day where everyone knows that at 2 PM it is time to read. To make this go smoother have books ready before quiet time, do not allow snacks or other distractions during the quiet time, and make it a time of no talking.
Late Afternoon Quiet Time
Some moms feel they are their most exhausted in the hour right before dinner, when they have been busy all day and are rushing to get supper prepared. For this reason they institute a daily quiet time right before dinner, having kids read or play quietly in their rooms without any electronics.
Another fun way to incorporate a quiet time in your house is to set up a daily art time. During art time you can have your kids color, paint, or play with clay. During this time they should remain quiet. You can also lower the lights and play classical music to help them get in a calmer mood.
Educational TV Shows
While quiet time and TV shows don’t sound as though they should go together it may be just what you need to get rowdy older kids, especially boys, to have a quiet time. Educational shows such as Where in the World is Carman San Diego, Liberty’s Kids, and The Magic School Bus can be found on DVD for inexpensive prices on Amazon. For older kids a series from the History Channel, or Drive Through History might work better. Have the kids find a comfortable seat, possibly even with a blanket and pillow on the floor, turn the lights out, and turn on an educational DVD for them to quietly watch.
Another great way to incorporate a daily quiet time is with audiobooks. Choose an audiobook that your entire family will enjoy, get comfy, turn off the lights, and listen to an audiobook. To ensure quiet during this time follow the same rules as with the regular reading time – no snacks or distractions, and no talking while the audiobook is playing.