ANSWERS: 31
  • I believe a full day for little ones, would be too long and tiring for them. We loved the 1/2 days because we could spend more time with them, and the other time they would be learning to interact with other children, learn to share, along with learning the basics to get to next grade level.
  • The school disrict has our kindergarteners going from 8:00 to 1:00. I think it is great I think it is to much for them as 1st graders to have to go that long if they are not use to it. I know my daughter was always tried and slepped from like 2:30 till I got to the babysitters to get her.
  • A full day is too long for most kindergarten children, however, towards the end of the year I think they should start extending the hours in the days and giving some full days. The kids are a little older and it would be good prep for school. But apart from that, they are little kiddies, and need down time to relax.
  • All 4 of my kids had all day Kindergarten.9:00 to 3:00. We did not have a choice. They have all turned out just fine. They all went to 3yr & 4yr old preschool. They are in 9th, 11th, college and the Navy now.
  • My two children are at nursery school every day from 9am until 11.30, starting in August after the summer holidays i am extending those hours to 9am - 2pm on a MOnday and Tuesday. In scotland, all parents get the 9-11.30 free, any hours after that must be paid for. I feel that these couple of hours are not long enough for them so thats the reason im extending the hours for two days. If this works well i may add a third day. Its a personal choice and it depends on how the children cope, some kids dont cope well with being away from home too long, but on the other hand when they start school, they will HAVE to cope, so better breaking them in gently.
  • I have a 5 year old going into K, and I don't think all day is a good idea, nap time or not. I think they get too tired and bored. I think all day is too long for my 5th grader. The school days have gotten longer than when I went to school and I don't even get to see or know my children during the school year.
  • My son is starting full day Kindergarten this week, I think he will do fine because he is use to being in daycare that included upk all day (9-4). It might be a little harder for kids that are maybe only use to pre-school for a few hours.
  • I live in Norway and it is NORMAL for the kids to go to the nursery all day, it is not only benificial for the kids, but also for the parents and it is GREAT for the kids! I work in a nursery and have 2 kids of my own, our nursery opens at 7.30am and closes at 5pm and some kids are there all day!It is very healthy for them to be able to work on their social abilities while they are so young
  • I would snatch full day kindergarten up in a heartbeat. With all the things (drawing, reading, music, art, PE) that they try to cram into a 3 hour period, they don't get to focus on the subject long enough to understand it.
  • My 5 yr old goes to all day K, and its too long. She comes home cranky and exhausted. If I had a choice, she would come home earlier. How long does it take to learn numbers and letters anyway?
  • I am a mother of three children...8/6/4. My eight year old attended ALL DAY KINDERGARTEN because our district offered HALF DAY. My son was very ready to go to school and wanted to go. However, I enrolled him in a private school PreK-8 and he basically thrived and it was almost like going to 1st grade in the Public School. It had a stringent curriculum and he did all age appropriate things like nap/ play-time/music/language Spanish and French/math. Bored? Nope. Long? It kept moving. Too soon? He is at a 5th grade reading level and his penmanship , spelling, writing skills are excellent and math skills have tested above average...he is in 2nd grade now. I pulled him from the public school because it was all too much of a review and he was bored. I work now and am sending all three to this school. My second child wasn't ready for Kindergarten because he was still so young so I enrolled him in the PreK 4 program which is like Kindergarten in the Public school. My son who had/has ADD issues has surprised me so because he is reading and doing advanced math problems in Kindergarten this year and they don't even do that in HALF DAY in our district (Kindergarten isn't required in our state) and they don't even come close. My little girl who is the youngest in HER PreK4 class tests Kindergarten Ready. Personally, I didn't want to enroll her in an all day due to her age but thought that 3 days All Day would be ok. I ended up working at the school a lot and the teachers said she should TRY Five Day (I could work 3 of those days at her school). She loves school, is having fun and her teachers are great/skilled/love children. Too often on the playground I see moms who don't think its a good idea to send a child all day. I understand but if they have the capacity to learn and are eager, I want to keep that ball rolling! (and I am a nurturing mom who loves kids...I can see where some moms just want their kids out of the house and have them in programs at infancy. I chose to keep all mine at home until they were 4.
  • It might be hard on me I think ....My sone will be happy...he gets to see kids..play..have fun..I will miss him.
  • My son attends a full day kindergarten. His pre-k was full day too. At first, I thought it would be too much for him, but he seems to really like it and isn't having any trouble.
  • My child is enrolled in all day kindergarten and will start this fall. She is been in all day preschool so I dont see how it will be any different for her. She will actually be in school less because i will work my schedule around droping her off and picking her up. Thankfully i live with family so I can leave for work early in the morning, leave work to get her up and ready and out the door and then leave again to pick her up when school lets out. I think it is a good idea. The only diffrence will be the kids and teahers. She has been in this school for four years so its going to be hard. I would do it if you have a chance
  • No; I think all these current institutions are primarily run by Left-wingers!! Even worse, the bulk are feminist dominated! [Note: I didn't say "woman-dominated"] We love women - true women, but we sure don't like feminism!! So, I am happy that at Kinder level all my kids were there only part day for only 2 or 3 days per week, where there is less such influence!
  • My little girl will start kindergarten (gulp) this fall and it is all day, 8 - 3. I think it is too long, but there are enough working mom's in the area that allday K is a result. Do I think they will learn more? Studies do not show that longer hours = more learning academically. However, they will have more time for social growth... just trying to fond the positive side!!
  • I don't think it would have been an option we would have even considered. My wife had already decided to take off from her job when our Daughter was born, and did so until my Daughter went into the 4th grade. It worked out great for both of them.
  • I think children that young still need the extra time with their parents at home. Teaching trust in young children is extremely important. Breaking away from parents too earlier may cause behavior problems later on.
  • I think kindergarten in other places maybe different to here. In New Zealand kindergarten is for pre schoolers, at the age of 5 they start school. Kindergarten is generally half days only and is geared towards learning from play. They have mat time where they teach them a song or play hand games which help teach the children to sit and listen and follow instructions. My son had no trouble with this at all. Then when he started school at 5 the day went from 9am-2pm for the first 6 months to a year. My son adapted well, of course, he stopped day time naps at the age of 2 anyway.
  • We will have to mention it to Terry Peskett, and he will have to start a kindergarten.
  • I would have preferred the full day. The half day wasn't long enough. I think she would have been happier to spend a longer amount of time with the other children and getting used to being in school for a full day.
  • I teach Pre K in a private school which is like Kindergarten in the public schools. The children aren't bored. Typically 30 minute intervals but flexible depending on subject matter. Lots of interaction and in a positive environment. We work on fine motor, social interactions and appropriate behavior, listening skills and reinforcing good choices.We expose them to new things like math and reading and writing sentences and leadership. For what it's worth, all parents should be evaluated for their effective or ineffective parenting style. One size does not fit all...another subject! Anyway, they only benefit w/ all day, unless you have preconceived ideas and thus passing these ideas on to the child. Certainly some children aren't "ready" for the structure and the lack of "fun" that comes w/ some learning (it isn't ALL exciting!) and in these cases, children may truly benefit from repeating, versus being held back. If this is the case, speak to a professional because I have children who were held back and they would have caught up and thus become bored so we assign homework for these children and have been known to allow them to skip (basically be where they should have been) a grade and be w/ their intellectually/emotionally equal peers. Was that a run on sentence? gasp!
  • I think the first point to make here is that kindergarten is not stressful for a child. The teaching style is typically more through play and fun- filled activities so that each and every day at school for a child that age is more exciting than being at home! They are surrounded by friends, play-doh, crayons, and sand boxes! They do expect more from kindergarteners now than back when we were in school but the teaching style is still centered around a child's attention span. Here in Georgia we do have all day kindergarten and my nephews used to whine and cry if they had to miss a day of school. I would definitely recommend full day kindergarten!
  • My country doesn't offer 1/2 days, never heard of that actually
  • My son just finished full day preschool full-time and did fine. Our school district does full day kindergarten. That's what he'll do in the fall. We think it's a good idea.
  • im a teen but my mom liked me having a whole day in kindergarden because it taught me more. And we didnt have nap at all we had 2 recess's and they give you time to run around so you can get your energy off. I think its a good idea also with people who have to give there child a whole day like my mom and dad. half days are for kids that cant pay attention that long.
  • I am a mother of four 13/10/5/3mos. I would love it if my son's school offered all day kindergarten because he would be there. There is nothing wrong with it, my boy loved being in pre school and couldn't wait to go and didn't always want to come home. They have down time when they get home and you have time to be able to get things done during the day that you wouldn't have been able to do with them. You don't have to worry about it being to much for the kids because sometimes they would prefer to be there than at home. They get to be around their peers and do things all day that are age approiate and fun to do, are you as a parent, going to run around all day chasing and playing with them, and be able to keep up with them the way the teachers and other kids are, no. So don't dismiss all day care because sometimes you have some parents that need it.
  • If your child is prepared for school, socially adapted, then he or she probably won't get a whole lot more with the all day Kindergarten. However, most children just like it. By moving to the all day model the lesson's are spread out and specials like recess, music, computers, PE, art, etc. are added. My two youngest boys were the first in our district to try the all day model and they loved it.
  • My daughter is starting kindergarten in a few weeks and in our school district kindergarten is full day. She's excited and I'm sure she'll do very well. The hardest part will be my missing her.
  • Our town just went FT and there are a lot of parents who are fighting for a PT option...I agree...hopefully there will at least be a choice for those of us who supplement teaching at home and are in no rush to ship our kids outta the house for so long at such an early age....studies do not show that those kids w/FT kindergarten under their belt are doing any better than those with 1/2 day....most people use it as day care or just to get rid of the kids...many of us actually want our kids around!
  • In my School boards district, Kindergarten is two years. J.K, One year of 5 full days of school every two weeks(2 first week 3 the next) and S.K, one year of full days. System seems to work.

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