Engaged learning can be exhausting, and a mid-day rest is the way we honor the hard work our bodies and brains do during the day. After lunch, each child is asked to spend time relaxing quietly on a cozy resting mat. During the beginning of the rest period a teacher may read aloud, sing or play soft music. Then children will be given some time to rest independently, and sleep if they need to. Towards the end of the rest period, children who are awake will be invited to do some quiet work on their resting mat which might including reading books, writing in a journal, drawing, doing yoga, or working on a puzzle. Finally, children who are awake will be asked to clean up their resting materials and children who are asleep will be allowed to keep sleeping.

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