Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Quiet Time

Kendrick is being weaned from his morning naps. The past week when he received a morning and an afternoon, it would take him a very long time to go to sleep. No screaming, just playing. It's going well so far. The only difficult part is making him wait until after we pick up Cavett at 2 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Any other day nap begins around 1.

Last night Cavett didn't fall asleep until 10 pm. So, we decided to let Cavett have his choice--nap or read quietly in the study. Of course, he chose to read and I got a shower in peace. Afterwards, we took turns having quiet time interspersed with activity while Kendrick kept snoozing. We read one of his new magazines, Click, and made a flip book. I totally stole Adrianne's "Literacy Bag" activity and we wrote the alphabet in some salt on a cookie sheet. After the alphabet, he tried his name and then he suggested a word "see-saw." We sounded it out and did pretty well except the "aw." he wanted it to be an O. Then I gave him a few words that he accomplished quite easily alone--dog, cat, frog, bed. Cat, of course, had 2 T's just like his name.

So, I guess no nap isn't that bad after all, once they are older and can play on their own. The one-on-one time is great and we can explore so many things.


Falcone Family said...

Very cool! We are doing the same thing! We have been readign about a little girl who makes tortillas with her grandmother. So guess what we bought yesterday at the grocery store?? "Masa", special flour to make tortillas. I just need the rolling pin now! hoping to get my mom's and buying her a new one...for keepsake purposes. I am scared to screw it up, but for the same reasons you are doing it, there's no greater power than connecting books with reality!

Falcone Family said...

btw, you are such a good Reading teacher! You could so do my job!

davis family said...

So glad the cookie sheet/salt thing was fun for Cavett. Walker had a great time with it too, but after the alphabet and a couple of words he was ready to just play in it. The floor under my island bar felt like the beach! Why do the fun things seem to always require paper towels and a vacuum?