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Experts say important learning lost when letter drills push out playtime

by Deepa Fernandes | Take Two

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Students line up to sing a song before their parents arrive for a graduation ceremony in a class of mixed kindergarten and transitional students at Stanley Mosk Elementary School in Winnetka. Grant Slater/KPCC

You probably remember kindergarten as a time of finger painting, dress up, and story time. But when UCLA researchers asked today's kindergarten teachers how much play time they allow, almost 80-percent said fewer than 30 minutes a day.

Some even said there was no time at all. KPCC's Deepa Fernandes reports an emphasis on academics in kindergarten - and even preschool - is pushing out play.

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