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Preschoolers & Kindergartners What a fun time in life! Time to learn 123's and ABC's. At the same time, they're leaving that babyhood we'll miss so much!

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Old 05-03-2003, 12:42 PM
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1/2 day kindergarten

My son was in the last class in our district to go to half day kindergarten. I, too, was worried about him being bored. He didn't turn 6 until May of his K year, but he had been an early learner in so many things, he probably would have been ready for K a year earlier had I had the option of sending him.

He had an awesome Kindergarten year. By the end of it, he was reading and excelling in math as well. The teachers were amazing at the amount they got into a morning (9 - 11:30). Sometimes I think when they go full day, a lot of that afternoon time is lunch, 2 extra recesses (lunch recess and an afternoon one), and specialists (gym, music, art) that they don't have in the half-day program.

You know your child, and if his afternoons are filled with rest and quality time with you or another loved adult, he will do just fine. My son was at my parents in the afternoons since I was working full time that year. He spent a lot of time with his then-infant twin cousins and playing games and going places with Grandpa and Grandma. Today, he is a loving, lovable almost-8 year old. He is awesome with those now pre-school cousins, he is in the top reading and math groups, and plays chess, cribbage, backgammon, euchre, and other "mathy" games like a pro.

I certainly don't think half day Kndgn will hurt your child, and could provide time for experiences he otherwise wouldn't have.
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Old 05-03-2003, 03:00 PM
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Our school here only does half days and I am glad. You know how hard it is to get 6 yr olds to sit still and concentrate on anything for any length of time. A half day is just right for them. I think it's a great way for the kids to be eased into the school routine without having to be there all day.
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Old 05-03-2003, 05:20 PM
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i am here in so. cal......my son goes half day....8:15 - 11:35
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Old 05-03-2003, 09:53 PM
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My daughter attends a full day class and loves it. I like it as she was with her grandparents the first two years then I became a SAHM. The full day has helped her more in socialization. They do have the extra classes such as P.E., computer, music, art but this helps her also. She does not come home tired.

My son had a half day class. The first school was too rigid and stated they did not have the time to deal with him. He turned out to have fine motor skill problems. The teacher stated that she had a limited time to get things done. Also he did not like to color (goes with fmsp) but she insisted all children loved to color.
We switched to a Montessori School with full time and he got by much better. They also worked with him.

I believe that half days probably do work fine, but as they have to get things done in a limited time if a child is different in any way they may not have the time to work with them. Also if a child is more advanced they may tend to ignore him in order to work with those that are not, leading to boredom. Depends on if the teacher would let them do something else.

I would recommend that you ask permission to observe a class and see how it is handled. I learned to do this! I observed a school prior to enrolling my child and then I would also go in and observe, unseen and unknown, my son's class. Did this with both private and public schools.

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Old 05-04-2003, 10:20 AM
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My son goes for a full, day fives days per week. I hate it! He is in Junior Kindergarten (3-4 years old in September). He still sleeps 11.5 to 12 hours per night so has to be in bed by 7! I don't get to see him much and he has very little time for home activities.

My suggestion? Enjoy having time with your child while you can! He will do lots in the 2.75 hours! A previous post was correct. After 11AM the children eat, play outside, rest, do a quick craft then back outside until the busses/parents come. He won't be missing much academics. You can fill in the social aspects with playdates or outings to the park!

Too soon he will be away for the whole day and you will miss him! Enjoy these last few months that he will be home!

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Kindergartners

What I find interesting is that most public schools are now trying to save money by going half day K and to attract more children open up more slots to get more money. What they are forgetting is this. Children learn more by being in school all day. Researchers are now trying to make schools realize that if a K is in school all day they are far more ahead then their peers in half day K. Mine turned 5 last September. She started K then. She is now reading at a 2nd grade level, 1st grade math and advanced in everything else. I would tutor her for about 1 to 2 more hours after she gets home. Otherwise, IMO? She will be playing catch up in 1st grade.
I plan on homeschooling mine through out the summer even though mine is in FT Charter Kindergarten. Might want to look into Charters. They are starting to out shine Public.
Just a thought.
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Old 05-04-2003, 09:51 PM
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As previous posted I do like the full day k, however we don't have Junior K as in cdncolleen's post. I will have to agree with you that a full day for a 3-4 yo is too long. Mine went to a 1/2 day preschool when 4 and it was fine for them.

DD has learned the entire alphabet, phonetics, has learned to spell and has spelling tests, can now read basic words, has learned her money and basic time among much else.

I love spending time with my children but also believe strongly in education and socialization whether at home or at school.
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Old 05-05-2003, 07:18 PM
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My oldest DD went 1/2 day and learned alot. My 5 yr old DD goes full day and is learning the same amount. She has PE, computer, art, library and music which my 1st did not get until 1st grade. Also add lunch and rest time in there. I was concerned with her going full day...I was not ready to let my baby go! She loves it though and is doing well. I guess what I am trying to say is they fill up the full day programs with other things that are not all that essential to the K program. All of the schools in MD are trying to go to full day K. The only draw back is space and teachers. Our school has 4 K classes with 25-29 children in each class. I guess they will be adding a teacher in 1st grade to make 5 smaller classes. They had to do this with my oldest DD all the way through elementary school, her group was big also. Both of my girls attended pre-k for 2 yrs prior to K, these were 1/2 day programs. They learned alot and also got to be around alot of children. So states do require K, or you could home school for the K year then send him to 1st grade.
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Can you go and visit a class now before, the end of the school year. Maybe that will give you an idea if it would be good.
Here in GA school starts at age 4. This program is run through the lottery and not all children get in. My daughter did not. When she entered kindergarten in public school ,she had to take a test for placement and failed. The children who attended the k-4 where placed in regular classes while my child is a EIP class. (Early Intervention Class) If her school day was not a full day she would never had caught up. Also her school supplies her with a free tutor, speech councelor, group therapy amongst other things to promote her education. She would never have gotten all this help on a half day.
You figure the first hour of class, you have roll call, Morning announcements (My daughters school has a tv in each rm and the older children in the school host a news cast.) collecting homework and just getting the kids ready to begin a day of study. That would leave very little time of school enrichment if she went half day.
By the way is thia a private school or public? Private may offer you a full day.
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Old 05-08-2003, 08:48 AM
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shocking Kindergarden cut off date

The kindergarden cut off date where I am is September 1 !!! Can you believe that...my dd birthday is sept. 19 ugghhh she will go to kindergarden in the fall and turn 6 about 2 weeks into the school year, although she is definatly ready now!
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