Napping can be pretty tough for teachers and for children alike. Here are tips that make it easy for both of you.
- Regular naptime is a taught exercise for children, so be persistent. We know this sounds weird but this is true.
- If naptime is really about discipline, then we must check our expectations. (I am not sure I understand or agree with this point- I suggest deleting it and making the title 7 naptime tips instead of 8)
- Have a plan for naptime. What can you do if the kids are unsettled? What will you do when some resist and begin to disturb others? Make a plan that ensures naptimes are effective.
- Teach naptime skills during the day not during naptime. Model what to expect, how to lay down and rest the mind.
- Prepare for those who will not nap. Provide quiet activities for those who are not sleeping. When other kids are napping, get those who aren’t sleeping to engage in quiet activities.
- Set a relaxing tone. Dim the lights if you have to, play relaxing music that the children are familiar with. Use a hushed voice, move around the room quietly and help children settle.
- Transit into naptime gradually. Begin by setting up quiet materials. These will help kids move from high energy to low energy. Avoid very active activities closer to naptimes. Ask the kids to arrange their mats and cots, tell them to take deep breathes and read a book.
- Transit out of naptime gradually too. Begin by putting away quiet time materials, then move around the room waking the kids. Have a routine for awakening the kids.