Promoting independence at naptime in preschool

In my years of classroom experience, I have found that the more I encourage children to take care of their own property the more responsive and cooperative they become.

Naptime is an example of how children can be taught to take pride in doing something well and then enjoy the results.

Naptime begins in this classroom by having each child get their blankets out of their own cubby.

The cots are already placed on the floor and after getting blankets (and sometimes a naptime toy) the children place their items on their cot.

This little girl demonstrates for me how she can neatly make her “bed” all by herself…

And when one child finds making the bed to be something of value or fun, the other children want to try it too…

And once the cots are all made up, the lights will dim and the soft music will play and the children will rest in a place where they are capable of doing things all by themselves.

By |2010-08-19T06:00:41+00:00August 19th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. julie September 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    It Is AMAZING what young childen can do independently ……They can also place their cots in the spaces and our twos can put crib sheets on those cots!!!! Love it!

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