No time for naps. Photo and story from Charlotte Observer:
. . . . Quiet Time InsteadBefore you know it, Destiny will be able to say mmmmmandatory.
In Lisa Gurley's class at Forest Park Elementary in Kannapolis, children rest for 15 to 20 minutes after lunch."This just gives them a little bit of down time," she said.
One day, Gurley turned off the lights and put on a CD of Celine Dion singing lullabies. Some students read books; others put their heads down on their desks.
Bodies wiggled. Legs swung back and forth. None fell asleep.
Gurley uses the quiet time to assess students. Destiny Stewart, 5, was fidgeting, so Gurley asked her to come over to a work table.
She took both of Destiny's hands into hers, and looking into her eyes, said, "What makes this sound -- `mmmm'? What is the first sound in the word `man?' "
"M!" Destiny said, smiling.
When Gurley started teaching kindergarten 13 years ago, kids napped for about 40 minutes a day. Today, many come to kindergarten already learning and have been exposed to a school-like setting in preschool, she said.
"We don't really encourage them to sleep," she said. "We're constantly going all day long." . . . .