I am fairly certain my boys are ready to drop the afternoon nap. I've battled bedtime for weeks now, and the only time they go right to sleep is when they don't nap. If they take even a 45-min or 1 hr nap, it's 9:30-10 before they fall asleep (usual bedtime is 7:45-8). As much as I LOVE that break in the afternoon when they aren't in school, I'd much rather have more adult time at night. I love when they fall asleep around 8 and hubby and I then get to spend a few hrs together, or I can work in the garden until dark, or catch up on something that's needed.
I can control their not napping on days when the boys don't go to school, but their preschool still needs them to nap, or at least lie quietly. I talked to the director about the option of dropping the nap time altogether and she seems reluctant to do so. She's worried all the other kids will want to do the same, and then bedlam will occur. Apparently all the kids sleep, with the exception of my one son (who has never been a good napper). My other son will nap for 45 min/1 hr, but then just that little bit keeps him from being able to get to bed at a decent hour. I want them to be able to sit quietly in the back of the room, going through books, playing puzzles or blocks, or whatever as long as it's done quietly. I even suggested giving the school a portable DVD player for my boys to use to watch educational dvd's.
It isn't an option to put them to bed, shut the door and commence adult time. They call me upstairs any number of times for anything from big issues (poopy butt that needs to be wiped) to small ones (I dropped my car/truck/polar bear or I can't find such-and-such book or will you tuck me back in or mommy my stomach hurts (it doesn't really) or mommy scratch my back and it goes on for anywhere from 1 to 2 hrs. Drives me nuts.
So, what happens at your school with kids who are ready to not nap? Is there a space for kids to play/read quietly? I want to push the issue with our director, but don't want to if I'm really in the minority with my needs/wants. I understand the school needs to look at the kids as a whole and that every child's individual issue may not be able to dealt with, if it will affect the whole. I get that. But if I keep them in this school until they go to kindergarten, I don't want to be fighting bedtime for another year.