amclark119 wrote:So, my question is sort of related to this. Apparently, most children don't need a nap after the age of four. From the answers to the original OP - it looks like most schools do a nap for children after the age of 5, even though it's not appropriate. This can mess with night time sleep. They don't have naps at elementary schools back at home and I find it completely bizarre. Actually, at the kindergarten I taught at - the kids would get told off if they didn't sleep during nap time - even though at the age of 5 you don't need it! So - how do I find a school that doesn't force a nap time on kids? At what age do they stop forcing these crazy nap times on kids?
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An afternoon siesta in hot countries is common. In southern Spain, for example, school finishes around 2 pm and the children go home and have a nap and a long lunch, then stay up later at night, similar to Taiwan. It's just different. Not crazy or bizarre.
If you want a school that doesn't have a naptime for kids (and teachers) you'll have to pay for one of the international schools.