I was just thinking of this after reading a thread in the general education forum. I talk to my son everyday about what he does in school, and I've volunteered in his class several times, and i want to know when kindergarten became so much work for these kids? I know that the learning is important, but my son tells me that they recently cut out naps (which is kind of good for me, he zonks at 7:00 p.m.) and that they don't have recess everyday. He likes school, but he has told me several times that "he just wants to play". He's gotten in trouble for not listening or sitting still, and when I ask him why, that's his answer. I teach high school, so I'm very far removed. When I was in kindergarten, I remember learning my alphabet, and my numbers, and basic stuff, some simple math, etc. But I remember recess, playing house, reading time, raising silkworms, art everyday, music of some sort everyday (even if it was just a record player and us dancing like crazy). I remember felt boards and puppet shows and nap time. It just seems so sad to me that we are expecting our little boys and girls to learn so much so fast, and then we complain in 6 or 7 years that they grow up too fast.