Our school district recently switched from half day to full day KG for the next year. While most working parents were excited, many stay @ home parents protested, and the Principal had to tell S @ H parents that they were in minority!
Are there any reliable studies that show benefits of half vs full day or vice versa? Which one would you prefer and why?
My child will be going full day kindergarden. It will keep her busy during the day and when she comes home she can relax, do homework ( with parent's help) and get a good night sleep. I feel that full day kindergarden will benefit not only her, but the whole family. She is very excited about going and although she had some issues in preschool about doing homework but i feel its the parent's that have to make it fun for them to learn and not make it so boring. I am looking forward to see how the year will start off for my little princess. In the school district she will be attending they start August 10th for five days to get to know the teachers, their peers, get a class schedule and enjoy themselves get them prepared for what is to come. I like that idea. I feel that is important. Offical start date for all students though is August 25th. By that time i feel my daughter will be able to manage.29092
HalfdayKindgergarten.Org contains many studies and reports that show why the option for Half Day must remain available to parents. The recent posts explain why the situation has become dire. We need to be aware of the threat to our liberties. There also are a few links to key support groups for parents who homeschool. Please visit this site for the studies... but consider joining our effort as well... It takes seconds to sign the petition to protect parents freedoms and rights, and save our children from what the experts are calling: irresponsible instituion. Thank you.66413
NOV 11, 2011: Last week ,the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education released a report showing that children who attended pre-K plus half-day kindergarten were more likely to read at high levels by the third grade than children who attended only full-day kindergarten. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/early_years/2011/11/new_report_pre-k_half_day_k_reading_success.html# CHILDREN NEED BALANCE! Half day needs to remain a choice! Please protect the children and preserve the rights of parents... www.HalfDayKindergarten.Org74772
I am a Stay at home and WAS against the full day. My caughter is currently in kindergarden. My thoughts were that once 1st grade begins, it will be full days from there. I thought this would be great to have 1/2 day and then playmates in the afternoon.
However, I have since changed my mind. I wish I knew now what I did last year and I would have sought a full day program. There are 25 kids in the class. It simply isn't enough time. If a station runs long, it cuts into their recess. They pack the same curriculum into the 3 1/2 hours that the full day. Work is often incomplete.
We live in an amazing school district, but I am so disappointed. Slightly over half of our class has Stay at home moms. Due to feedback, the district is offering a full day next year. 84021
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