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    Preschool Naps May Be Essential to Learning

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    In the midst of pressure for preschools to eliminate naps in favor of lessons, a small study has shown that the rest period actually facilitates learning.

    In the midst of pressure for preschools to eliminate naps in favor of lessons, a small study has shown that the rest period actually facilitates learning.

    This was discovered via the observations and analyses of 40 children gathered by a group of research psychologists.

    The preschoolers, who were attending six different schools throughout western Massachusetts, were all taught via a memory game in the morning.

    They were asked to remember where different images were located within a grid.

    After the lesson, the participants were separated into two groups. One group was allowed to take a nap and the other stayed awake throughout the day.

    When all of the children were quizzed later, the ones who’d taken time out to rest performed better at the task of recall.

    The researchers also found that the napping group did better at remembering the placement of the images 24 hours later.

    Those who performed the best overall were the ones who took an afternoon siesta no less than 5 days a week.

    One of the study’s authors said that she hopes the team’s findings will help secure naps as part of the daily preschool routine.