I know I should put this in the kinder group but I think I will get more response here. I taught kinder about 6 years ago. That year all of us kinder teachers agreed we had too much to learn so we took out our play centers and put in academic center time. Now I'm teaching kinder again this year in a different district. It will be my 5 th year here so not new to district just grade level. This school still has kinder play centers. I so badly want them out of my room. I just came from teaching 4 years of first grade and many of my kids were very far behind academically. I'm not saying its because they did play centers. I know they have a value but I just feel that with so many things that they need to learn master and achieve in kinde I just don't think we will ever have time for them. Most of my fellow kinder teachers are of the mind set that they are babies and we should let them play. I'm of the mind set that too much to do no time for play centers let keep it academic and still get the socialization they need by working in groups during the academic centers. What is your opinion???