As we continue our exploration of our 5 homeschooling essentials, I would like to share that one of the most essential parts of our homeschool is our quiet time. Quiet time is an essential that I consider for the success of our homeschool. Though we don’t get it every day, when we do, our homeschool run most smoothly and effectively.
So why does quiet time qualify as an essential? Because quiet time gives something to each family member. During the napping years, it is a valuable napping time to recharge and get the required and necessary sleep. During the non-napping years, it is an opportunity for the child to remove himself or herself from the school room and recharge, read for fun, play quietly and just separate themselves from me, the parent, for a while.
As a parent, this time is a time for me to recharge and refocus or just get some work or housework done. It is a time to separate from the older kids or have some quality baby time. I find that this is a good time for me to get some work done or just relax for a bit.
The non-nappers usually have the opportunity to read, play with quiet toys or listen to audio books in their rooms. I find giving them a choice of what they want to do is a good way to give them ownership in the quiet time.
We find that quiet time is good for everyone and, when it goes well, helps everyone be more focused on the rest of the day.
Does your family have quiet time?
Check out what other TOS Crew Members consider their homeschooling essentials and be sure to read the rest of the series of our 5 Homeschooling Essentials.
Mary @ Winecup Christian Homeschool
Jenni @ Conversaving
Meghan @ Quiet in the Chaos
Karen @ Tots and Me
Beth @ Weavings
Karen @ My Harbor Lights
Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings
Kristi @ The Potter’s Hand Academy
Tara @ This Sweet Life