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[Susan notes: An Ohio mother brings up the issue nobody's raising about full-day kindergarten: What about kids who need naps?]

Published in Christian Science Monitor
02/02/2004

To the editor



from the Christian Science Monitor, Feb 2

Letters



Kindergarten overload



Regarding your Jan. 29 article "Learning trend: Kindergarten becomes an all-day affair": The pendulum swings back to full-day kindergarten not because of academic benefits but because nobody's at home to hang out for half a day with young children. Our first child entered kindergarten after the district switched back to full-day kindergarten. Within three weeks our "perfectly behaved" 5-year-old had become a monster. The diagnosis? Exhaustion. Even the teacher admitted the children were "useless" after lunch. No real teaching was possible. And, unfortunately, naps are considered old-fashioned.

Carolyn Mendez


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