Question: My child attends full day kindergarten. Each day there is a rest time. Instead of rest on Fridays they watch a "show." Is this appropriate?
From: AKM, Harwich
I assume by "appropriate" you don't mean the choice of video (one can only hope that they are showing age-appropriate material) but rather the fact of a video altogether.
As you may be aware, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 not watch TV or videos at all and that screen time for older children be kept to a minimum, no more than two hours a day. What's more, the on-going debate among early childhood educators about the value of imaginary play leads me, at least, to conclude that viewing a screen of any kind is not in a young child's best interests. I don't mean to say that no viewing is the way to go, either, although I know of many families who pull that off admirably. In our family, TV viewing was limited to Saturday mornings and it was a treat, which is probably exactly what these teachers have in mind.
It's also possible that by "appropriate" you mean: Why should rest time be sacrificed for a show, especially if that rest is what keeps a child from being cranky later on in the day? And there's a third interpretation: What in the heck are teachers doing showing videos every Friday? That's not what they are being paid for! That's not what I'm sending my child to kindergarten for! And if they want to do something the children will perceive as a "treat," surely there are more creative ideas they could come up with.
No matter your interpretation, I encourage you to talk to the teachers. You can't be the only parent offended by this policy! I have to admit: I wouldn't be happy if my child was in this class.
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