As we’re returning to our normal schedules, it’s a good time to review the benefits of quiet time.
Quiet time is absolutely critical in a large homeschooling household! The larger the family and the wider the age span between children, the more important it becomes to have a regular quiet time for the household.
The teens need time to study. The babies need time to sleep. Mom needs a break.
Who Needs Quiet Time?
Obviously quiet time gives a regular time for the babies of the household to sleep. They are able to nap in a silent house without a stampede of elephants waking them up.
Toddlers settle down more easily if the house is quiet. They’re not terrified they’ll missing out on the fun and excitement of a large family’s endless party. My little ones would often fall asleep in the peaceful house.
Preschoolers get a chance to sit quietly looking at books, to play with favorite toys without having to share. They learn to entertain themselves without a herd of siblings with which to play. If they’re tired, they have a chance to rest.
Elementary kids have time everyday to sit and read or write stories. Some children enjoy listening to longer audiobooks during quiet time. They have time to develop quiet hobbies.
Older children and teens
Older children usually don’t have time to complete their schoolwork in the morning. Settling the house down for quiet time gives middle school and high school kids a silent house in which to study.
It’s far easier for high school students to wrap their brain around chemistry or algebra if there isn’t an endless party going on behind them. Anyone who has tried to study in the dormitory on a Friday night can attest to that. On the other hand, it is good training for college!
Quiet time gives you a chance to complete personal projects or sit down with a cup of coffee and relax. It’s time available to workout in private, read a book, knit a sweater, or even pay the bills.
Quiet time is guilt free time to take care of yourself: body, mind, and spirit.
Use these 10 quiet time activities keep your children occupied during quiet time.