Kate CP - posted on 08/29/2011 ( 46 moms have responded )
No, really. Don't do anything. Don't read, don't talk to some one, don't watch TV, don't do anything. Just lay down in a dark room and be quiet, but don't fall asleep.
Now imagine trying to do that at the age of 5.
My daughter is five years old and is being made to do this every day at school. She doesn't nap. She hasn't napped in two years (sadly) and is being forced to lie on a mat in a room and do nothing for 30 minutes. Nothing.
I asked if she could read a book quietly. "Sure," I'm told "No problem." Yes, it is a problem. They want her to wait 30 minutes until all the other kids are asleep before they'll give her a book. After 30 minutes the kids that aren't asleep are allowed to get up and choose a quiet work to do. So effectively, no, she's NOT allowed to read quietly.
Needless to say, I'm pretty pissed off about this. I've talked to the teacher and the director and it's getting no where. I'm going to go in and have a pow-wow with the director soon if we don't get this straightened out soon.
So what are your thoughts, ladies? Am I over-reacting here? Is sitting and doing absolutely NOTHING for 30 minutes too much to ask of a five year old?