Full day Kindergarten

@amylou (127)
United States
October 23, 2006 1:41pm CST
The state of Washington has recommended that full day kindergarten begin taking place. They're hoping that all day kindergarten will increase our states educational rating and early learning will be impacted more. I'm wondering what other states or countries do this and the impact it has on the children.
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16 responses
• United States
7 Nov 06
california is doing this... and they have gotten good impacts. childern are learning faster and at time a kindegarten student can read 1 level higher once the enter 1st grade. i think it's a smart idea. it would be sad if the coming generations or unprepared for tougher times
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@lcsamano (200)
• United States
7 Nov 06
I live in California and the school my children go to don't do full day kindergarten. However, I wish that they did. I think that they will learn more going all day then half a day. As well it will increase the states ratings as well.
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@amylou (127)
• United States
8 Nov 06
I'm glad to hear that it's had a positive impact in your state - or in parts of it. It's true - I really hope that our children are prepared for the future. Thanks!
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@NayNay579 (180)
• United States
8 Nov 06
My youngest just started full day kindergarten this year in Texas. He had half-day preschool. I think he was ready this year. He seems to be adjusting fine. It might have been hard to go to 1st grade next year without this switch already.
@amylou (127)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I agree - those children that attend a child care or attend preschool of some sort may not have any difficulty entering a full day kindergarten. Thanks for the response! : )
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• United States
8 Nov 06
My son was in full day Kindergarten last year. He attends a catholic school and the public school in our area has 1/2 days. I thought he would hate it. He loved it!!!! I got used to it PDQ...
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@amylou (127)
• United States
10 Nov 06
That's great - I'm hoping it'll have a positive impact here too!
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
8 Nov 06
Here in Connecticut they start the year half day for the first 3 weeks then they go to full day. I have to say I love it. The kids get used to going to school full time and they can learn more in a full day compared to half day. I think it is great.
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@amylou (127)
• United States
10 Nov 06
That is a good idea - kind of ease the child into a full day! Thanks for responding. : )
@ctraska (103)
• United States
7 Nov 06
My daughter goes all day, and I love it. I just wish that my city offered some sort of preschool that I didn't have to pay a fortune for.
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@amylou (127)
• United States
8 Nov 06
Free preschool would be a great idea - maybe the next step in improving our education systems. Especially since so many parents these days can't afford it. Thanks for responding!
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@BVBF25 (753)
• United States
8 Nov 06
I've always lived in states where full day kindergarten was mandatory.
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@worker65 (160)
• New Zealand
10 Nov 06
Sounds like a great idea on paper if you are looking at ratings, but you can teach your children at home too. I don't believe parents should hand all their responsibilities over to someone else.
@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
10 Nov 06
Agreed.
• United States
10 Nov 06
I agree it gives that much more time to be educated
@amylou (127)
• United States
10 Nov 06
That's true - I just wasn't sure if a child would adjust well at that age. Seems like that's the general idea though - I won't worry now. Thanks!
@GardenGerty (115732)
• United States
16 Nov 06
In my part of Kansas they have done this for over 15 years. At first parents could opt out. The school where I work has a rest period after lunch, and a few of the children fall asleep. If the child would have to be in daycare anyway because both parents have to work, it stands to reason that Kdg. is more productive and less expensive, and better monitored. I am not sure otherwise, as my kids were from the half day era, and they are both gifted. I do know that some things kids learn in Kdg. I learned in second or third grade, my kids learned it in first. There is just more academic pressure. Of course the next step is prek-4 in the schools--same arguement. Throwing time and money at kids does not guarrantee learning.
• United States
16 Nov 06
There are both advantages and disadvantages to doing this. For one, it will get the children used to going to a full day of school for when they start first grade. However, they may not pay attention because some children may be used to only going a half a day, like to preschool or day care. Also, a full day of school will help some children who may be behind (if they didn't go to preschool are just developmentally challenged) to catch up so they can enter the first grade. I personally see no difference in children who go to kindergarten for a full day or not. My neice, Allison, goes to kindergarten a half day, and my nephew (other side of the family) goes a whole day. Neither of them are further behind or ahead of the other. It may help parents out in the long run, so they don't have to get day care for the child after school, but I don't think that it wil help raise the "educational rating".
@KrauseHome (36748)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I am not sure this is the answer for helping Increase the Educational rating here in WA, as I feel a lot of it, is the Teachers and the School systems themselves, and the Taxes that govern how a school should be ran. But if all day Kindergarten would help, then I am for it. But personally I think that is not the answer for us here in WA state.
@baysmummy (1638)
• Australia
16 Nov 06
Here in australia i dont think it matters as long as they have atleast 10 to 12 hours a week! My son went to one kinder and that was over 4 days but it was for only 3 hours a day he has now started at a new kinder and it is only over 2 days but instead of going 3 hours a day he is now going 5 hours a day, and i think even though it works out to be 2 hours less a week then his other kinder it is better for them to have longer days there, i feel he is learning things so much faster now then he was before!
@klday76 (182)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I teach full day kindergarten in Pennsylvania. It is not mandatory right now but more and more school districts are changing to full day K. The first year at my current school, I was teaching half day kindergarten. Then my school went to full day. I feel like the kids learn SO much more in full day K. In half day, there is no time to do anything productive. Now, most kids go to preschool, so they are ready for a full day of school by kindergarten.
@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
10 Nov 06
What do you mean by full day, though? I worked at a pre-k. About 3 kids came at 8:30 in the morning and left at noon. 70% of the ones left stayed until 4:30, and the rest went home between 5 and 7. I think it's good to have kids leave at around 3 or so. This gives their parents enough free time, and doesn't hurt the child. The kids who had to stay until 6 were the worst behaved, and the ones who were most likely to disobey their parents. By the time they went home, they were cranky and upset. They don't spend enough time with their parents..
@amsharma (1861)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I live in North Carolina and my son went a full day when he was in Kindergarten, which was last year.
@Pici0274 (557)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I think that it is a good idea.