Every afternoon we have Quiet Time. Some days this works beautifully, and some days it is far from quiet. Some days Aviana plays independently well and some days she sits in the door way asking me when she is done, and to come look at this thing or can she play with that thing that is in her Preschool Cabinet or whatever ploy she thinks might get me to pay more attention to her. Brielle is hitting a “stage” of playing through her nap time, although she still needs a nap and needs a lot of monitoring some days.
I stumbled upon a great idea one day when we were playing around with our CD recorder. I ended up reading an entire treasury of fairy tales book (as many stories as would fit onto the 80 minute CD)and put it in a Discman for Aviana to listen to during Quiet Time on those days she is intent on pestering me.
Then I got the bright idea (if not slightly obvious–I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes–luckily my kiddlets don’t seem to notice) to borrow some books on CD/tape from the library. Right now she is on her second listen to Little House on the Prairie. She already heard many readings of Little House in the Big Woods. Next up, Charlotte’s Web.
Needless to say, she has already completed all the reading minutes necessary for the entire summer reading program!