Sleep plays an important role in childhood brain development. As a child rests the brain solidifies knowledge gleaned throughout the day. Quality sleep promotes healing and can increase performance and focus. Providing a rest time can help prevent kids from becoming overtired or over-stimulated. The benefits are endless!
Setting the mood for quiet time means finding a calming a space for relaxation. Make it a permanent spot or one you create daily and store when not in use. Have kids help set out sleep mats while soft music plays. You can start with a read aloud moment and invite little ones to bring a stuffed animal or blanket.
Begin naps at a consistent time if possible. Darken the room and find a temperature that feels right. When beginning a new nap routine, build up the duration incrementally. Whether true sleep happens or just quiet time, setting aside this time is valuable. It is a perfect opportunity to reduce stress and allow for mindfulness. The days are busy, but don’t forget to take a moment to recharge. Enjoy your zzzzzz!
Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.