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Old 11-29-2018, 11:27 AM
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Default Help with nap Time Drama

I go on break from 12:30 to 1:30. My kids go down for nap at 1. It is a daily circus. They run around, refuse to lie down, play and scream, and then cry because they are tired.

They wouldn't dream of doing this with me. When I come in, everything screeches to a halt and they quickly lie down and fall asleep.

I've tried incentives for "quiet nappers", I've pushed their lunch up 30 minutes, we've changed breaktime teachers, now I'm having the ringleaders lose privileges after nap but that isn't working too well either. Plus they're cranky when they get up at 3.

Ideas? There are 9 of them, all 4 but one who's 5. Quite immature, all of them.
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:33 AM
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Could you switch your break time so you leave the room after they all fall asleep?
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:38 AM
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^^^^This.
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:43 AM
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Could you switch your break time so you leave the room after they all fall asleep?
I doubt it. The after school program staff breaks me, and a later break for me would throw off their van runs and such. I'll ask.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:32 PM
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Default Another thought

If a later break isnít possible what about earlier? Break from 12-1. They may be amped up but you may actually get them to sleep...
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:08 PM
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Children know exactly who they can get away with what. You are the order-keeper. The other staff are wet noodles. This won't stop until they take control as the adult. Talk to them. Help them understand this is their problem to solve.
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This was my least favorite thing about working in a center. Two days a week I started work right after nap started due to having morning classes. It was always crazy and my classroom was destroyed. The kids new better than to act like that with me. I hated those days
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