[/QUOTE]Originally posted by msmagnolia@Apr 11 2005, 11:16 AM
Question to clarify your situation......Is it going to be one class and one teacher? Or, are all of the children that go full days going to be in one class and then the morning kids will be in another class, with another teacher, who will then teach the afternoon kids?
I'll wait to give an opinion until I understand the situation better. Just as a general comment, though, my girls both attended afternoon kindergarten (I agree with you that it was less hectic) and they only went half days. I tend to think that kids have their whole lives to be in school, so what is the big hurry to put them there all day. One of my good friends is a kindergarten teacher where the kids go full days. They do their work in the morning and then have lunch, nap, and play in the afternoons. If that is the case, then why rush them off to full days. Of course, anymore so many parents work and they probably love full day kindergarten. I was home with my children and I loved the time with them, and I felt very fortunate to be able to do that.
The all day every day teacher(we'll call her Mrs X) will have 25 students w/ an aide(though it has not been made known to us if it will be a full time or part time). Mrs Y will teach the morning half day and the afternoon half day classes as it has been in the past. The "half day" kids only go half of a day w/ the same teacher every day. If they are morning, they go from 8-11am...and then go home. If they are afternoon, they go 12:00-3pm. The schedule for the all day/every day has them doing work all morning w/ one recess...then lunch and play, then 30 min quiet time, then activities that "reinforce what they are learning" ...then recess and wrapping things up, then dismissal. I am a full time mom who might go to work part time but we are talking maybe 2-3 days a week but only 3 hours at a time so most of my time is here at home with the kids. I kinda feel that they have to grow up so fast as it is and want her here w/ me but I also don't want her to be at a disadvantage.
I wanted to add that she's been going to preschool for 2 years now and hasn't been 'home' ALL of the time w/ me. Being the youngest of four, she does her homework w/ the other kids