Oh my goodness! I am desperate for some ideas for rest time. I have never had a group of kids with so many problems at rest time. I usually have one or two who I really have to focus on and teach them how to rest, but this year I have about 14. They WILL NOT stay on their mats nor will they be even remotely quiet. I have kids yelling at me across the room, "teacher, pat my back!!!", "teacher, she's not on her mat!!!", "teacher, ____________". I'm pulling my hair out (as is my assistant). It's definitely not that they don't need to sleep. I can tell my their behavior before rest time that they are tired. It feels to me like they are just fighting sleep, that they don't know how to relax. I've talked to a couple of the parents about bedtime and have found out that at least those two kids don't really have a regular bedtime or routine at home. I've tried several different layouts for where I put the kids' mats. We've sat next to them and patted backs. We've tried to start with those who have the most trouble settling and we've tried leaving them to the end. I have music playing in the background. It's darkish in here, but not too dark... I'm at a loss. Any great ideas for rest time? I've always thought of myself as being good at getting kids to take naps. Usually even the kids who haven't taken naps in a year or two at home will nap for me at school. What am I doing wrong this year?