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I can't believe I am going to ask this but..

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Back in February, we went to an open house for Kindergarten for my 5yr old Molly. When we got there, they asked us how we felt about the possibility of having all day kindergarten implemented there. They also asked if it was an option what would we do and if it was MANDATORY what would we do(parochial school so there WOULD be other options). So...I filled out my questionaire...I said I'd choose half day kindergarten. Then they asked us to put "why" we had chosen our answer. I put that (ok ...ok it's selfish I know but)...this is my last child and I want to spend as much time w/ her as I can (even if I do start working part time).
So maybe that is not a very valid reason but hey, at least I'm honest. Ok, so onward to mid march...

We go to Kindergarten registration and again, we are asked that if we had the option to choose, what would we do....and we had to specify at this point...morning or afternoon half day or all day/every day. Again, I put half day and tagged on the afternoon choice. Two of my three that have gone thru this school thus far have been in afternoons and I find it much more relaxing for everyone involved! Anyway...we get a letter on Friday that there were 54 children signed up for Kindergarten. Out of these 54, 25 are signed up for all day/every day, 19 are signed up for morning half days and 10 are signed up for the afternoon half days. They are making the all day optional this year and are looking to make it mandatory next year. Putting my feelings aside about what all day (pro or con..doesn't matter really)...I am a bit concerned about having a class of 54 children ...half are going to go all day every day. Will this effect how they mix next year and effect them as a whole class(educationally and socially). Why not do all or none? Now you have 54 parents wondering if their original decisions are correct. They are now going to do a parent meeting next week. I wish they had done so before the letters were sent out so parents aren't frantic. final question is this... if my daughter remains in the class she is signed up for, would having 10 children in a class be a good thing or bad? While they get individual attention ...will this be a bad thing for next year when they get to first grade and may have a class of 20-25? All day kindergarten is new to our community and I believe will come to be a common thing soon. All of the surrounding schools do this and I am not dead set against it...I just wonder if splitting a group of 54 kids up (half/all day) is a good thing...

I really don't have strong feelings either way on I am posting it hoping it will give me some idea on what to expect. I do think my daughter would be fine in all day every day, but the schedule they gave us really didn't impress me too entirely so I don't think she'd suffer THAT much. But am I putting her at a disadvantage by not considering it? I might not have a choice, I might not be able to move her even if I did change my mind...just want some feedback.
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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.
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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
I wish it was that easy when they are teens!
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Originally posted by Boom Boom's Mom@Apr 11 2005, 07:04 PM
As a teacher (granted I'm secondary)  I personally dont have any opinion on the matter..  (gotta be a first)  I went to half day kindergarten, (morning) but I think I would have been just as happy. 

My problem with this whole thing is class size.  It's been found that students with smaller class sizes in k-3 do better in school all the way up into high school.  There's federal money that can be received by schools to have smaller classes, which is probably why the one class will have an aid.
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so you think half day w/ smaller class would be more of a benefit than full day w/ 25 kids?

And Carrie...See, this is my BABY baby..last of four. I really think she'd do fine w/ all day, but I am not convinced w/ the curriculum they've presented to MUCH better.
If she were my oldest, I probably wouldn't have such issue. I hate that they are giving us a "choice" this year. All or none and none of us parents would be second guessing ourselves..
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