Getting children to quiet down and go to sleep can be difficult. To do this with a group of children in a new and exciting environment will definitely be challenging. To get your cabin group ready to go to sleep, follow these steps:
- Give them 10 minutes to brush their teeth, use the restroom, and get ready for bed. They should take just one trip to the bathroom for all their needs.
- Give them 5 more minutes to get changed and into their bunks.
- Now they can talk quietly for 5 minutes, but they must stay in their bunks.
- Lights Out! Now only the cabin leader's voice should be heard.
- Read a story to the students with a flashlight. Only the leader may use their flashlight to read the story after lights out. Keep reading until silent time begins or until everyone is asleep. Remember no scary stories.
- Silent time begins at 9:30 p.m. and lasts until wake-up time at 7 a.m. Encourage the students to be silent with the possibility of winning the Giant Slipper award.
The sequence of steps mentioned above goes from active to silent. Setting specific time limits is important. If you just let the students do what they want up until lights out, they will continue to be active and noisy. You must have them wind down gradually. Have a plan and enforce it!
Special Situations at Bedtime
- If students are playing with their flashlights after lights out, take them away. This is the only solution. After you take one away, the others will get the message.
- If several students are talking excessively or horse playing, move them away from the each other.
- If a student is not being quiet, identify them by name to the teachers as they patrol at night. You can also give warnings and referrals to Gyro for the next morning.
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