2014-2015 Homeschool Blocks: Quiet Time
- Circle Time (daily)
- Math (daily)
- K-1st (3-4 times a week)
- Writing Class (once per week)
- 4th & 6th grade Independent Work & Tutoring (daily)
- Elementary Lessons (2nd-6th grade) (twice per week)
- Quiet Time (3 times per week)
The nearly-2-year-old will be napping, praise be! All my previous children have given up napping at some point around 2 1/2, but Geneva seems to love her bed (it’s the only place she gets the pacifier, her precious), so even if she doesn’t sleep, I’m hoping she’ll be in her bed for at least an hour in the afternoon.
The 4.5-year-old will be in his bedroom (all the boys share a room), and he can take books and an iPod loaded with audiobooks, but can’t come out until 3 except to use the bathroom. Of course he always finds excuses every day to come down – including using the bathroom farthest from where he is so that he can travel through every room on his way – but for the most part, he’s not in everyone’s business for about 90 minutes.
The 6.5-year-old will get to be in the living room and play quietly with dolls or look at books or color and may also have an iPod with audiobooks. She does just fine playing quietly now (she didn’t until recently), and I think she likes the chance at it now that Knox is on mostly equal terms with her.
I’m excited about the quiet time plans for the 9-year-old and 11-year-old. They can be in the living room or at one of the two tables on the main level, or at a downstairs desk – their choice. They have a list of books they’re reading that we put together on Mondays, and they can use this time to read. I also bought them all a composition book in their color (because I color code my children’s stuff and Staples has plastic-covered composition books in all colors – all sorts of happy!) that they are using as a commonplace book.
I told them it was their own personal note-taking book. They could copy out quotes they like from books they read, they can copy poems they like or the ones they are memorizing, they can copy from their Bibles, they can write notes about what they’re thinking about, they can draw something – it’s their notebook. I’ve had a commonplace notebook (just a cheap spiral bound notebook of ruled paper), so they’ve seen me whip it out to copy from a book or do a brain-dump list before.
For myself, I will also use the opportunity of quiet time to have some contemplation time rather than quiet housework hours or online squandering. Right now, I’m using all the spare chunks of time I can to prepare Simplified Organization, but that will be done by the end of the month and then I have my stack waiting me:
- Calligraphy: I’ve always loved the idea of calligraphy, and my sister gave me all the stuff for it (including a book!) a couple years ago. I want to spend 10-15 minutes daily learning and practicing. It’ll be an artistic outlet, and it’ll also be a good thing for me to give close attention to something right in front of my nose instead of only in my head. And I hope it will rub off on my normal handwriting, which tends to get very sloppy very quickly.
- Reading Stack: Inspired by Brandy, I’ve decided to start keeping a balanced book list going again. I used to keep categories of books and try to have one going in them all, but I stopped years ago. Now I have my list of categories again and books in them all. Afternoon reading time will include at least 10-15 minutes in the headiest title or the one I’m procrastinating on the most.
- Writing: 1-2 times a week I’ll use 45ish minutes of quiet time to write, especially if my other time slots for writing fall through.
I am so excited for quiet time to return to our house!
I’ve been reinstituting the habit of quiet time for the last few weeks, and here is what I need to troubleshoot:
- Knox really does have to stay in his room until the clock says the time I tell him. No questions, no talking to me, period. I only wish I could find a way to change his digestive patterns so he didn’t need bathroom assistance right in the middle of quiet time.
- New policy: Show me your drawing or copying after quiet time is over, not during. Quiet = no talking to mom. 90 minutes. You can do it. I will admire your work afterwards, thank you.
- In their bedroom, Knox tends to destroy LEGO creations and make his brothers mad when they return to their room. Sigh. I don’t suppose removing the LEGOs altogether is a politic choice?