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Old 01-24-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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I would like to know if anyone does quiet activities with the non nappers at your school?

I usually have about 4 children out of 18 that do not nap.

Does anyone have any learning activities that will keep the kids busy for more then 2 minutes.
Looking for activities that are quiet and would take the kids at least 20 minutes to do by themselves.


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When I did preschool, our non-sleepers could look at books.
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books are boring, so I'm told....
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I get that everytime I hand them 2 or 3.
I have tried dry-erase and boards. we have done lap games. but they get loud when they pretend play.
Legos at their mats. (that does work) but the girls get bored.
we color...color...color etc. lol
file folders, mini puppets, puzzles etc.
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What about listening to music/stories with headphones?
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I never thought of that. I will try.


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What about listening to music/stories with headphones?
Along the same line of thinking. I have several Tag Reader pens and books from Leap Frog. You can plug in headphones to the pens for the children to listen to the book and play with.

http://shop.leapfrog.com/leapfrog/jump/Tag/category/Tag
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Actually, that's when I flashcard my lowest students.

It takes me 15-20 minutes to flash the letters in their names, and up to the current letter of the week, as well as the numbers up to our current number. I do go beyond this to do the initial letters in the days of the week because we do that daily at circle time anyway. I have a little square of paper that hangs under the calendar below the column for Monday (the paper has a capital M), etc. and we point to it after we sing days of the week song, and the kids say letter sound and name. So since we do it daily, I slowly incorporate those letters in my flashcarding. (oh, for M we rub tummy and say mmmm; for W we blow a kiss and say 'w'--like an Indian might dance around fire and say wa wa wa wa; for Th I say 'stick out your tongue and say thhhhh). I also tried letting them write the letter on a sandpaper letter I made, and writing the letter in the salt tray. I'd love to practice rhyming words and practice having them blend initial letter and the rest of the word (onset and rime), but that's kinda noisy. (sigh)

I used to read to the kids who were awake. I got thru several books that way. We all loved it. But my director frowned on it. She also frowns on the flashcarding, but I keep quiet about it and we just live and let live! My director wants them flat on their backs, so except for letting them read books after the first hour of the nap, I am limited as to what I can allow them to do. I also would have to buy all the headphones and tag readers, etc. and I can barely eke out a living as it is. A shame.
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BUCKET- I'll look more into asking my director to buy some books with the pen.

RealisticPreK-
I do alot of file folders/learning pouches with these kids. but these kids are not getting the challenge they need, That is where I'm stuggling to find interesting activities for them.
but I found on a website some printables that I can laminate and make a small booklet with different learning activites with advance phonics and math. I will try that out.

Keep sending more ideas, Its HELPING!!!!

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at places i have worked, non nappers can have a few books by them to quietly look at during nap time but must stay on thier cot.
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Have you been to Sparklebox.com? Fabulous stuff.

I also use Confessions of a Homeschooler. Go to her free printables, and click on phonics and just look at all the goodies!

PreK pages is a great website for art ideas, unrelated to your naptime issue but still a good site.

Hope this helps some!


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I purchased pencil bags at the dollar tree. Large ones and place several different activities in them. (i.e. dry-erase marker with eraser and laminated phonics and abc's traceable letters with sight words. and a fuzzy pipe cleaner (also purchase at the dollar store)
with some lego's and crayons and 3 sheets of paper)
OMGOODNESS...ARE THEY THE HIT OF REST TIME!

JACKPOT!!!! and its easy to store in a large bin!!!! wahooooooo.
The kids are really enjoying these "naptime sacks" I have had the best last 5 days without crying kids or bored kids!!!!!
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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with that pipe cleaner you might add some Walmart alphabet beads so they can make up words (if your kids are sounding out c/v/c words already).

When the excitement dies down(!), you might also try puzzles. I thought of that later. Or perhaps you have already done those.
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