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Are you kidding? Parents are complaining because your preschool has a naptime? If my preschooler does not get a mid-day nap, he would be a total nightmare for the rest of the day. He would also need to go straight to bed as soon as we got home (around 5:00 PM) and completely miss dinner and spending any time with the family. I find it very hard to believe that a true parent is having an issue with your preschool having a naptime. Plus, naptime is developmentally appropriate for this age.
As for playtime, play is a child's work. They learn so much from what seems like playing. The idea is to have some time when the teacher is guiding the play and some time when the children are directing their own play. When I was a preschool teacher, the idea was to teach thematically. For example, we would spend a couple of weeks on "community helpers." This included jobs like doctors, dentists, mailmen, farmers, grocery store jobs, policemen, firemen, etc. Along with reading books about these job, singing songs about these jobs, etc., the students are encouraged to act out or pretend scenarios involvling these jobs. The teacher can encourage the play by providing items to facilitate the play - dress up clothing, props, new vocabulary words, etc. I just loved to play pretend with my students and my own children.
Now if all you're doing is allowing the children to have free-play all day, then yes, as a parent, I would complain. A good preschool program has a variety of activities. I don't know where you live, but if it's in the USA, there are probably laws that dictate how preschools should be run, including providing children with a naptime and what kinds of activities the program should include. Are the parents asking you to break the law?
For preschoolers playing is a type of learning, they are still learning to make there little bodies do what they want them to, so even games are learning hopscotch or patty cake are good for the mobility skills, and even coloring or drawing is teaching there hand and eyes to work together, and with extra activities, comes extra rest, so yes nap time is also needed.
I hope I have been helpful.
WOW. You need to help your parents understand the importance of play and rest. Print out a nice copy of this poem for distribution to your parents:
When I am building in the block room, please don’t say I’m “just playing”. For you see, I’m learning as I play, about balance and shapes. Who knows, I may be an architect someday.
When I’m getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies, don’t get the idea I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play; I may be a mother or a father someday.
When you see me up to my elbows in paint or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay, please don’t let me hear you say, “He is just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m expressing myself and being creative. I may be an artist or an inventor someday.
When you see me sitting in a chair “reading” to an imaginary audience, please don’t laugh and think I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a teacher someday.
When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with choice things I find, don’t pass it off as “just play”. For you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a scientist someday.
When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some “plaything” at my school, please don’t feel the time is wasted in “play”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate. I may be in business someday.
When you see me cooking or tasting foods, please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is “just play”. I’m learning to follow direction and see differences. I may be a cook someday.
When you see me learning to skip, hop, run and move my body, please don’t say I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning how my body works. I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.
When you ask me what I’ve done at school today, and I say, “I just played”, please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. I’m preparing for tomorrow. Today, I am a child and my work is play.
In my program, we don't even call it "play time" we call it "work time" because that is a child's job, playing to learn.
Rest is equally important. That's is when the child's body and mind have a chance to wind down, relax, and absorb what they have been learning. Without adequate rest, they will not be physically healthy and they will be too stressed to absorb other things they should be learning.
You really need to prepare a thorough newsletter for your parents explaining the value of play and rest. These are young children. They don't learn the same way as older children and adults. They need to be able to learn the way young children are made to grow and learn, through hands on play. Here's the web site for the above poem:
Please check it out. If you don't care for the poem I selected, there are others here you might prefer.
This may be the most frightening question I have read on this site! I hope you are kidding.The purpose of a good preschool goes far beyond academics. It is to help children learn to learn and get along with others, Young children need active learning-a chance to explore their world with all their senses, make decisions about what interests them, interact with peers, use their imaginations , develop their creativity and so much more. The way they do this is through play. A good half day preschool has a stretch of at least 45 minutes of Free Play when children move about the room choosing from a variety of activities and materials and are free to spend as much or as little time on each activity as they wish. For a full day program there should be more time for this. It is up to the adults to make sure that what is available to the children encourages development in all areas, not just academics.
As to nap time. all kids need some down time during the day and most need to sleep. It is reasonable to expect all children to rest for the first 20 to 30 minutes of nap time. After that the ones who do not sleep should be offered a choice of quiet activities such as looking at books, puzzles, or drawing with crayons or markers until the designated rest time is over. Children who do fall asleep may be awakened after an hour or so at the parent's request if the child is willing but if the child is really sleepy she needs to sleep!
i think maybe you can make it less time but i don't think you can eliminate it. If you wanted to get more work done and you couldn't just give them more homework.
It would be the worst thing to removie play time and nap time in preschools.
Children learn by playing. I took a Child Studies class in my senior year of high school and will be majoring in early childhood education in college and the most important thing we learn is that play is important. Children at a young age learn better through play than through formal teaching. It helps them to expand their minds. Make-believe play is the most important.
Nap time is important too. Children need to be able to rest and they need certain hours of sleep. It also gives the teachers a little break ;-)
In Texas it is the law that Children have access to toys at all times, and have at least 1 hour of naptime(or if the child will not go to sleep, 1 hour of resting quietly). Otherwise lisencing will write up the facility. Parents need to learn that it is NOT their desicion on how to run a daycare or preschool. If they don't like it, they can take their child out.
As a parent; I would not want my kids nap time removed or their play time, maybe offering a little more academic play is what the parents want. I remember before I taught my son's preschool class, I was upset that they never seemed to be learning, it was all play play play, which I understand is very important. I just felt it was not challenging my kids. What I did, was make playing learning fun. I got the Leapfrog Leap pads, and Leapsters and introduced those, which I personally continuted to use thoughout. They are fun, we sung songs that taught the alphabets, seasons of the year, alphabet sounds, so at 3 they knew the letter and letter sounds, months years and so on. I don't like places that just put toys down and let the kids wander about. Naps and play time are what makes a child a child!
What exactly do the parents want you to do then? Children learn through play--what's wrong with your parents?
kids as well as you need that time to unwind, play time give a child time to be creative and you time to get lessons prepared,lunch and /or do a one on one with a parent or a child, at the beginning when your parent is interviewed go over your rules and and post your daily routine ,make sure you have 2 signed contracts 1 in the child's records and 1 you give to the parent to reference to., if the parent do not like your rules ,they need to find another preschool , but keep nap and play time ,you will have a more successful class(this is for a pre school in a home or Private day care
While it is POSSIBLE, it is NOT ADVISABLE.
Naptime allows for the children to relax, unwind and soak in what they have learned and experienced that morning and allows for the Teacher, Aide and others to Eat, Clean up, Recoup and Prepare for the afternoon and possibly the next week.
Playtime for a small child is when the child(ren) do their actual learning and explore things they have/are/or will learn.
Why must we continuosly insist that our children grow up faster than needed?
If the parent has a problem with the way their child's Preschool is run then they need to find a school that will CATER to their wants or stay home or hire a Nanny.
in Ohio, a full day 2-5yrs old age group must lay down for an 1 1/2 hour naptime. no exceptions. the kids need the 'down'time. and as for play, I hope you mean play like legos (math) playdough (science), etc. below is a website that will give you learning activities that appear to be play. the activity also lists the skills your child will be leaning. this may be a great tool to show your parents that it is not 'play'it is actually learning. worksheets are so determinetal to a preschoolers learning, yet last years group I had the parents wanted that AND homework! they wanted me to teach letter writing and send home practice sheets! and even counting worksheets!! for four year olds !!
You should not remove those things from the day. Play is learning for kids at that age. So I'd say to solve questions with that you could read up on curriculum for preschool so that you can give parents specific ways that kids learn from play.
If a parent doesn't want their kid to nap at my center, there is a group that goes outside to play during nap time. If you can work that out it'd be a good option to solve issue with naps.
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