Naps for kindergartners are continually getting phased out. Are we pushing young kids too hard to stay awake?
Schools in Alabama are considering ditching the standard 30-minute nap for their young students because they say it's cutting into valuable instruction time.
The debate might not seem something to lose sleep over, but some people aren't happy with the plan. Critics are concerned that most four-year-olds are already burning the candle at both ends when activities such as piano lessons and soccer practices are part of kindergarten's daily schedule. Still others say young students need the extra rest because they are often staying up past their bedtimes to complete homework.
But Alabama's Headland Elementary School Principal Faye Shipe defends the idea: "To be perfectly honest, there's so much in the kindergarten curriculum that we need the extra classroom time."
Many kindergarten classes across the nation have already eliminated nap time, but a few still hold on to what some think is an outdated practice.
Do you think kindergartners benefit from naps?