Homeschool Quiet Time
for Kids & Mom…
Creating a quiet time for kids is an essential for the busy homeschool mom.
I love my children to the moon and back. However, our homeschool quiet time is a time that I look forward to every single day! As a homeschool mom, I can get worn down pretty quick. Quiet time is my first real chance to hit the refresh button.
My kids do their thing and I do mine. It tends to be the most productive 45 minutes of my entire day!
With that said, it isn’t always perfect! Plus, there are the rare days we are out of the house and our quiet time gets thrown to the back burner. While those aren’t my best days productively speaking, they tend to be sweet days full of memories with my kids and I sometimes live for those moments!
For the most part though, homeschool quiet time is a HUGE deal in our house. Quiet time for kids is a necessity and when executed properly, it’s downright heavenly!
Quiet Time for Kids…
If you have multiple age ranges in your homeschool, quiet time may not look the exact same for each of your children. Take our homeschool quiet time for example.
I have 3 kids.
My boys are older and do a good amount of sit down learning. While my daughter is quite a bit younger, and is still mostly learning through play and enrichment.
With an age difference so large, creating a smooth quiet time for my kids was quite the challenge at first!
After trying a handful of different methods, I finally found one that worked for us!
for the Big Kids…
During our quiet time, my boys typically work on math independently. This is done at their school desks, on the couch, or even at the kitchen table. The where isn’t what matters – as long as it’s done quietly.
Math is the one subject I simply don’t teach in our homeschool. My husband has taken over this role and I’m totally ok with that! For the most part though, my boys are self taught in this area – making it the perfect subject for our daily quiet time routine.
Not only does it free up my hands for the time being, it also helps keep my curious preschooler at bay. If my older boys are working on something quietly and independently, my daughter will be less likely to venture out of her own quiet time area.
To put it simply – No noise from older children = no temptation for younger children to get up and check things out.
Interested in doing a quiet time for your older children, but don’t want to work on lessons? Check out how we upped our quiet time game by creating a simple homeschool looping schedule!
for the Littles…
Quiet time for my youngest definitely has more of a traditional feel too it and looks quite a bit different from what my older children do.
My daughter hangs out in her tent with simple activities. Easier said than done, I know!
When we first started implementing this into our homeschool routine, my daughter would get up often. This was something I absolutely had to get a handle on. This sweet girl has never been much of an afternoon nap taker, so quiet time quickly became a quick must for our homeschool family!
I use a handful of go to items for quiet time with my little one.
I focus on all of my daughter’s favorite things that I know will keep her busy and entertained.
*If you look closely at the pictures of my daughter in her quiet time space, you will notice the walls of her tent have been beautiful scribbled on. Let’s just say – coloring is no longer a valid option for her quiet time. Love this girl, but she’s a handful sometimes!
So just keep in mind – anything that could possibly result in a mess, is probably not a wise option for an independent quiet time for kids!
After all, the whole point of this 45 minutes (at least in my house) – is for mom to refresh and possibly accomplish something!
Having a huge mess to clean up at the end of all this? Totally NOT worth it!
Interested in my top 3 go to items for quiet time? You can find those below!
Quiet Time for Mom…
While my boys are busy doing math and my daughter is independently playing or reading, I’m either working or taking a super quick moment for a little homeschool mom self care.
If I’m being completely honest, I’m usually working.
For real though – 45 minutes of uninterrupted productivity is like a slice of heaven to me.
Do I want to be working? Probably not.
Will I be thankful later when the work is already done? Heck yes!
I typically use my kid’s quiet time to catch up on household chores, do laundry, work the blog, budget, menu plan, or prep dinner.
On days that I don’t need to be as productive, or just plain don’t have the energy to be. I journal, doodle, catch up on some scripture reading, or simply sip an extra cup of coffee – because you know what? Sometimes this type of rest is is exactly what’s needed in the middle of a hectic homeschool day!
Realistically, we need to get things done and have little moments to ourselves. Otherwise, we have no sanity and I’m almost positive that sanity is important to every homeschool mom – am I right or am I right? Ha!
Super Simple Tips for Creating Your Own
Homeschool Quiet Time…
So, you are probably thinking this whole quiet time thing sounds great.
However, you might also think it sounds extremely unrealistic.
I was in that same exact place. I loved the idea, but didn’t know how to make it a reality for our family – especially with such diverse ages.
Like everything else I have tried in our homeschool, creating a simple quiet time routine for kids was not easy at first and it took quite a bit of tweaking. However, I did learn a few simple things along the way that made quiet time WORK – for the most part.
Create a Fun Environment
for Younger Siblings…
Yes! This is so important, you guys!
Consider purchasing something special just for quiet time – such as a play tent. This is such a great option for a younger child that may be more reluctant to rest or play quietly in the afternoon hours.
When we first started our homeschool quiet time routine, I struggled getting my daughter to lay in her bed. She thought it was a punishment or that she had to go to sleep. So, I quickly decided to skip that battle and pitched a tent – literally.
This tent was our first step in the right direction. I also picked up a cute mermaid tale blanket that can only be used during her daily quit time. It not only makes this time of day special, but it also helps elevate any anxiety – making this a time to look forward to!
Setting up a special place for your little one is the first key to a successful homeschool quiet time!
Lean on Independent Activities or Subjects
for Older Siblings…
If you plan on using your homeschool quiet time as a time for teaching older students, while younger children rest (or play) quietly – that’s a great option!
However, if you need these afternoon moments to catch up on laundry or take a breather – learning to lean on independent activities for older siblings is key!
We tried a couple different things in this time slot and we all agreed that math was the best option for our family.
With that said, things such as independent reading, games, puzzles, or drawing all work great as quiet time activities for kids!
I really only have one rule when it comes to older kids and quiet time. As long as it isn’t a distraction to younger siblings and mom can catch a breather – it’s pretty much ok!
Looking for that perfect activity for your school aged children? Check out our entire line up of looping activities and suggestions for homeschoolers!
Use Activities That Keep Your Child Engaged
for Longer Periods of Time…
I’m not a huge fan of electronics during the school day and our quiet time is no exception.
Take some time to think about the type of items that keep your individual children engaged and interested for longer periods of time. For some it might be things such as Legos or Magformers, while other children might prefer dot-to-dot activities or sticker books!
Just remember – you are looking for things your children can do all by themselves. Just make sure you have multiple quiet time activities you can cycle through! Not only does this keep boredom at bay, but it also keeps little ones busy and engaged!
Talk about Expectations, Rewards
Set expectations – period.
Communicate with your children. Let them know long their quiet time will last, tell them where mom will be, then talk rewards and/or consequences.
My boys know they are to be quiet, or there will be a price to pay! Younger siblings will not want to stay still and quiet if older siblings are being loud and rambunctious. My 5 year old knows she has to stay put (bathroom breaks are the only exception) or she gets an extended quiet time and possibly looses her reward. It’s simple, but it totally works.
My daughter is young enough that most the time I can get away with her reward being more school time with mom. Crazy, right?! I know it sounds just a little silly, but she absolutely loves it!
After our homeschool quiet time I do history with my older boys and she loves being included. I also have many motor and enrichment type activities we save for after quiet time – such as kinetic sand, a bin of rice with cups for pouring, cutting activities, and lots, and lots of stickers. She absolutely lives for this stuff.
My boys don’t really get any type of reward for quiet time. They do however get electronics after dinner if school and chores are done. They are quite a bit older, so expectations are simply higher.
Utilize a Timer
If you have antsy children that simply need to know when quiet time is over – purchase a simple timer just for your homeschool quiet time.
I just use a simple kitchen timer I got from Hobby Lobby for just a few bucks. Seriously though guys, there is absolutely no need to break the bank on this!
You can even use your phone.
Our personal quiet time is 45 minutes long.
Does 45 minutes sound like way too long for your little one to stay still and quiet? It was for my daughter at first too!
I simply started with a 15 minute quiet time on day one. Then, I added a 1-2 minutes each day. I couldn’t expect my youngest to just automatically be able to stay in one place for an entire 45 minutes! We had to work our way up to that 45 minute sweet-spot.
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