how many school hours are too many school hours for preschool age children.

Margaret Chiara - posted on 07/24/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I live in Spain, and here all children are obliged to go to preschool, from 9am to 5pm.....the same as an adult work day! (in fact parents drop their kids off before work, and pick them up when they finish). Many teachers have started to push for a change in the system, complaining that the students are not able to pay attention in the afternoon classes making learning impossible, and that they are wound up or burned out and impossible to control. I would think it is obvious "locura" to demand so much couped up work time from 3yr olds....especially boys. Am I crazy or is this system cruel to children?????? A possible suggested change presented would be class only in the morning, and play time in the afternoon till mum and dad arrive.

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Margaret Chiara - posted on 07/25/2013

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mom and pop first, and children second seems to be a growing trend in many areas. :-(

Jodi - posted on 07/24/2013

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So basically, your system is designed for the parents' convenience, not for the optimum learning of the children. Many mother's here work too, but at the end of the school day at 3pm or 3:30pm, we have the option of our children going to After School Care. It is an additional small cost, but it isn't lessons for the kids. They feed them healthy snacks, the kids play and can participate in structured craft or creative activities, and so on, their choice. But it is not "required", it is optional.

My children both went to daycare at some points in their life, but these are not "required schooling" with classes.

Margaret Chiara - posted on 07/24/2013

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Thanks for the input. They do break two hours from 1-3pm for lunch and recess/games. But even so, that´s 6hrs of daily learning for 3 and 4yr olds, which the mom´s here seem to think is just fine. Glad to hear otherwise, because I was starting to think I had some unusual perspective. The ironic thing is the older kids only go till 1pm....the theory being that they´re old enough to be home alone (since practically all moms in Spain work). I imagine since mums can´t be home with their little tikes, it makes them feel less guilty thinking they´re in the hands of "professionals", "learning" all day long. I think preschoolers and their teachers would argue otherwise ;-)

Jodi - posted on 07/24/2013

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This is too many hours in a day for formal learning. I couldn't imaging that they could possibly keep their attention. Here in Australia, our school day is generally about 6-61/2 hours, with about 5 hours of that being classes. And I'll be honest, I find that by the last class of the day, even high school students are struggling to keep their focus. Three year olds? That's ridiculous.

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