I just love this time of day. It is about a half hour before lunch. Christian is watching Signing Time and Tyler is in his room listening to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe on CD from Focus on the Family (with headphones on). I am listening to Vivaldi and enjoying the fragrance from my cinnamon and sugar candle.
We added a half hour of quiet time before lunch a couple of years ago at the suggestion of another mother with special needs children. It has worked out wonderful!!
Tyler was taking several hours to eat lunch because he was so stressed out from going directly from schoolwork to lunch. He needs a lot of buffer or transition times during the day. Christian would often not be able to eat lunch at the same time as Tyler because when Tyler is stressed he is generally loud causing Christian to flee. I was fighting to get lunch made while still working at school with the boys. It wasn't good.
Now we stop wherever we are a half hour before lunch. Christian usually watches a video although sometimes he just prefers to listen to the music on his little MP3 player. Tyler listens to audio books in his room with a portable CD player and headphones. It just works!
I did want to share with you a list Tyler has compiled of his favorite audio books. I am proud of the great choices he makes.
1. Jonathan Park He has all these CD's and has listened to each many times over. They have taught him a lot about creation science as well.
2.Jim Weiss story CD's We don't have all these. There are quite a few! Even I love to listen to Jim tell a story. Tyler especially loves Tales From Cultures Near and Far . It has some funny stories that he can remember almost word for word.
3. Focus on the Family Radio Theater He loves Squanto at Thanksgiving and Traveling Home For Christmas at Christmas time. We bought the Christmas one for my mom this year and she also enjoyed it on the way home from our house. Tyler is listening to Chronicles of Narnia now and it is his new favorite. He got it for Christmas.
4. The Kingdom Series by Chuck Black He doesn't have all of these yet. A lot like the Chronicles of Narnia they are sort of parable stories relating a lot of biblical lessons. They also go rather nicely with a medieval study.
I hope you get to enjoy some quiet time today too. I think everybody needs at least a little.