Sunday, May 07, 2006

The demise of the kindergarten nap?

In academic push, "quiet time" replaces classroom shut-eye

It's an experience many of us have had - comfy little naps during kindergarten. In the push for better classroom performance at all grade levels, naps for young students are becoming a thing of the past. Are we educating a generation of sleep-deprived children? Gail Smith-Arrants of the Charlotte Observer takes a look.


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7 comments:

letter shredder said...

i hope they provide naps in the office too...

i miss kindergarten!!!

Deb Sistrunk said...

Letter Shredder: I need to place a cot in my office! Kindergarten...those were the days.

Elizabeth said...

I miss fingerpaint more than the naps.

Deb Sistrunk said...

Elizabeth: Oh, my gosh! How could I forget fingerpainting?? That was wonderful!

elementaryhistoryteacher said...

I hated nap time. I usually just laid there and watched the teacher. At my school our K kids begin the year with quiet time but are gradually weaned off of it by December. The system doesn't want it done at all. I would be against nap time if the only argument in favor of it has to do with sleep deprived kids. If they are sleep deprived it doesn't have anything to do with school. Parents should oversee bedtime in their homes to make sure their children have enough rest.

DCS said...

Elementaryhistoryteacher: Interesting perspective. Without a doubt, parents should make sure that their children get enough rest.

As I read your comment, I reflected back on my young days as a young mother. I was working in a TV newsroom at the time. My hours: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

When I lost my live-in sitter, I had to dropped off my kids at another woman's home before I went to work home. I picked my little ones up about midnight. They always got up and went to school the next morning, but I felt as if their sleep were interrupted. Of course, as a mother, I felt terrible.

However, at that time, I was a single mom and I did the best I could under the circumstances.

Fortunately, my children were very resilient and did well academically. I only share this because sometimes you never know the circumstances children are living in. Without a doubt, there are many parents who work second and third shifts, as well as rotating shifts. BTW, I was sleep deprived, too!

doefoe said...

i dont know any 4 year old let alone k-gartener who still naps. Strange. I guess this is a more stimulated generation.