Full Day Kindergarten Advice!

Hailey - posted on 04/15/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be attending a school that is full day Kindergarten next year. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with only sending your child half day in this type of situation. Any advice on the matter would be greatly appereciated!

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Michelle - posted on 04/16/2014

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I have done both, I did not like the half day kindergarten, i felt it was a waste of time and resources. My oldest went to full day and loved it. He had a "nap" in morning and afternoon; and being at school at day with made him feel like he was a big kid and it helped with the transition to 1st grade. Half day in my area are 2 hrs and 20 minutes, I never understood what the heck they could learn in that time frame. By the time you get them in and situated, you only have a short time to get any schooling done before it was time to go home. For working parents the full day option is better than half day and for SAHM it gives them a break as well. Just my 2 cents

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2014

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You may want to check on that. Even with public schooling there are rules to how many days a child can miss and how many hours a child can miss. Usually it is a state law.

To address your worries about all day kindergarten though. I will say I was worried when my youngest was little doing all day. But it worked out great. Most all day kindergartens have a 20 to 30 min. rest period in the afternoon. That was my biggest worry that he would be SO tired with full day. The teaches said (which was true) that at the beginning of the year they have lots of ones that will nap during that time, but by the end of the year it is used more for reading and looking at books quietly as most are no longer napping. Kindergarten today is what first grade was like when we were kids. Preschool is now what Kindergarten was in our time. What they are learning in Kindergarten today is what was taught in first grade when we were little.....so having your child miss half of the school day will mean he is missing what is being taught and this will put him behind. It will also single him out as most of his peers if not all of them will be going all day. This may make it hard for him to develop socially and have friends if he is leaving after only spending a few hours at school.

I would still encourage you to look at your state laws as far as schooling. Even for those that home school there are certain regulations as to hours needed a child to be able to complete a grade level. In most states (if not all) there is usually a law about how many days/hours a child under the age of 16 yrs is allowed to miss in a school year for public schooling.

Hailey - posted on 04/16/2014

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It's public schooling, so as a parent I have the right to send her/or not as much or as little as I see fit. I was just wanting to know if anyone had gone through this sort of situation before.

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2014

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Are you even allowed to send your child half days if it is a full day kindergarten? I don't know if most places would allow that.

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