Chris' Corner
Chris Pruett

Full-day kindergarten can help build a solid foundation for students

Posted Friday, April 25, 2008, at 3:13 PM
View 6 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • I believe we should have all day kindergarten I am a mother of a 7 year old who is now in the first grade but kindergarten was horrible my daugter for the first 8 mths of school would not talk she had no problems talking at home but wouldn't say a word at school why? Because when she would get comfortable with her tearcher it was time 2 leave and same thing would happen the next day she slmost was held back but on March 8 her teacher came out crying she talked she talked and how bright she is so all day kindergarten should be a must for the sake of the childern get them use to all day in the begining

    -- Posted by bwillis on Mon, Apr 28, 2008, at 12:55 PM
  • I disagree. If you look at actual data, there is no educational benefit to full-day vs. half-day kindergarten. There are studies that indicate both, but nothing concrete showing an advantage for full-day programs. It comes down to an issue of parents wanting child care for their children, but last time I checked that was the responsibility of the parents - not the school.

    -- Posted by leonard on Tue, Apr 29, 2008, at 7:37 AM
  • I dont need daycare but we do need full day kindergarten some parents dont have transporation to get there kids to school and the schools dont provide buses for half day so the parent has to worry about getting them picked up at noon or getting them there at noon so offer buses for the parents of half day students or just let them go all day

    -- Posted by bwillis on Tue, Apr 29, 2008, at 10:31 AM
  • What do parents do with their kids the year before Kindergarten? Kindergarten isn't even mandatory by the State. Why is that the school and the taxpayers suddenly become responsible for childcare when they reach Kindergarten age. Most daycares offer transportation to/from school for half-day kids. And if you don't have transportation and are staying home with your kids, they should be getting the best education that is available to them - by the parents.

    -- Posted by leonard on Tue, Apr 29, 2008, at 2:21 PM
  • Full day kindergarten has been great for our child but may not be for others. Those who don't attend preschool and are younger may have a period of adjustment to an all day situation. Don't send your child to kindergarten just because they are the required 5 years old. Make sure they are social and academically ready, and if you have any doubt...wait.

    -- Posted by thisonecounts on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 6:39 PM
  • I too have heard the pros and cons of full day..our son will be starting in 2008..we have had 2 go through already..he didnt go to preschool but I have worked with him at home and he knows how to read 3rd grade level books and can do 2nd grade math. Even though he is ready I will not be sending him to full day..I think it will be too much of a shock for him.

    My opinion..not like it matters..teachers have to follow such strict guidelines and get so much in, even in kgarten..the kids dont get to be kids anymore when they get into school. Half day allows them to come home and be kids. Mind you the teachers are not to blame..it isnt there fault..they want to have fun as much as the kids!

    -- Posted by ryno on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 6:28 AM
Respond to this blog

Posting a comment requires free registration: