Kelli Scrimpshire Bridwell
That is exactly what I do! Out of my 25 kiddos, 20 of them slept yesterday!
Stephanie J Sandford
Ha! Just be glad this hasn’t been taken away entirely, like recess and rest time in a lot of school districts!
Jeni Van Buer
We used mats, and some brought yoga mats. One brought a homemade mat, made out of her grandma’s bath robe! We always played quiet classical music. Most slept, some looked at books. I had a softly lit lamp versus leaving the overhead fluorescent lights. Calming!!
Jackie Durand Medina
We aren’t allowed to let them rest in our all day program.
We don’t have formal rest time but we do add 10-15 minutes of relaxation time. I usually play some relaxation songs that have directions about breathing, squeezing your hands or feet, etc. We also choose to do some kid yoga videos some days.
Sylvia Lusk Harwell
We start the year with a 20-30 minute nap time. (It depends on if we are a little late getting in from recess/water/restroom break.) After a few weeks I will give them the option to write quietly in their journals. Mid-year I will switch to whole class writing and journal writing. After journal writing they can rest their heads on the table for a few minutes if they are tired.
Sara Steward Cooper
I find that my all day kiddos don’t need one. But I do.
Years ago our county gave up nap time. Full day program, no naps, no assistants, class size around 18-20. It is doable, but as the teacher I really missed nap time for doing 1 on 1 testing or working with kids. The kids handled it just fine, though you might get a sleepy one at the beginning of the year.
NO NAPS!!!!!!! FULL DAY!!!!!!!
I put in a quiet time but they don’t nap. Quiet time is their snack time and we watch Word World. It lasts maybe 15 minutes at most.
Developmentally I think they need a nap if they are doing all day kindergarten. Even if they aren’t sleeping their brains need the quiet rest time. My school provided the mats and the students brought in their own blankets.
Erin what is Word World & where do you get it?
Jackie, we’ve moved a long way on this, too. I’d like to think you opposed this rule. Whatever happened to meet the child where s/he is?
We have rest time and the kids bring in a beach towel. It works for personal space when they are working with math manipulativess or doing reading or writing.
Lynn Schrader Doiron
Full day. We haven’t had nap time in over 20 years.
We are allowed to have rest time at the beginning. My grandmother made mini quilts for the kids and I use those as rest blankets.. I keep them in a tub then take them home to wash now and then
Desiree Lauzon Miller
Word world is on PBS and can be found on pbskids.org, we no longer have naps either. The preschools (vpk) do not have them as well.
First day today. I slept…. not sure what the kids did. (just kidding!) Towels, resting for some, others were almost asleep. We’ll quickly change to “quiet” time for reading or coloring.
Catherine Cason Rutkoski
This is my first year teaching full day. We start tomorrow and will have 1/2 hour of relaxation time. The children will bring in a beach towel to relax on. I will turn the lights off and play some classical music. As the year goes on, we will gradually make the time shorter and shorter.
We have a 20-30 minute rest. I have 9 mats and some bring in towels, blankets of their own. I play quiet music. This period is phased out as their stamina increases.
In my full day Kindergarten, we have a 30 minute nap time. The school provides the mats and the kids bring either a towel or small blanket to cover up with. I turn off the fluorescent lights and turn on a small lamp. I tell them they don’t have to sleep just rest, some do fall asleep. I always play soft music. Depending on the class nap time phases out in January. I am so happy that my district allows this as for some kids it is so needed….I have had kids that I can’t wake up when nap time is over….
Lynne Murray Smith
My kids rest with their own pillow and small blanket…while I play educational videos, like Magic School Bus or books or music. Ideally, I think their minds should be resting too, but they rest their bodies…and they love it! They complain if they miss it! They keep their blanket and pillow in a supermarket reusable bag in their cubbies.
We aren’t allowed to have naps or rest time. We have full day K. We can barely fit recess in with our schedule.