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Full day kindergarten

November 17th, 2015 at 06:39 pm

So we got a call that DK1 whose currently in half day kindergarten got offered a spot in full day kindergarten. The cost is $370/month. A great deal honestly. But the negative is that DK1 would have to switch classrooms. When we moved we were hoping to get into full day kindergarten. Because we thought it was more educational. Yes and no. The curriculum is similar but more time is spent on each subject. 1 hour versus 30 minutes on writing, reading, math, art, social studies, etc. So why the hesitation?

I think because it's December and I worry with all the change she'll be sad. I don't think she's made super close friends yet, but she has made friends. Talking with DK1 she's very interested in going full day because sitting with mom and dad for lunch gets boring. Sitting at home doing homework daily with us (workbooks, piano, math) is tedious. If I had to guess I think she gets more attention and is learning more at home with us than at school. But because of all personalities involved DK1 isn't keen on us teaching her. We do a lot of nature and science teaching as well as workbooks and online coursework. We've done IXL, abc mouse, khan academy, and she takes russian math. Along with piano, swim lessons, gymnastics we know she's getting a nice supplemental education. But I can see how it could be fun to stay at school. But i wonder if she'll be happy having a new classroom?

We have until tomorrow to decide. I am leaning towards full day but perhaps it's too much of a change. Did your kids go to school full or half day kindergarten and why?

8 Responses to “Full day kindergarten”

  1. Laura S. Says:

    My youngest did a full day. He did half day at his daycare (they had an actual Kindergarten class) in the morning and went to afternoon Kindergarten at the public school. He is now a junior taking extra classes at virtual school to graduate early. He is one super smart cookie. Whether or not full day Kindergarten played a part, I really don't know, but it certainly didn't hurt. He liked going all day.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I say let her do it. Of course she cannot really know what it will be like, but obviously she knows she likes school now and would like to have more of a good thing. Plus, wouldn't she be getting away from that pesky gossip kid?

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Full day. Half days were no longer offered at our local school at the time. They were super tired at night, but they both did fine with full days. They didn't know anything else, though.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I think I went to Kindergarten full day.

    Like Joan said - won't this also get her away from the kid who was bullying her?

  5. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Yes she will be getting away from the gossipy kid that drew on her face. But I hate for that to be the reason for my suggesting she switch classes. After all in every class and phase of life there are people like that! We are going to go for it I think.

  6. Kiki Says:

    I did full day kindergarten. It was offered to advanced achievers-we studied more than the half day kindergarten. Mom was very relieved I got into ut because she knew I was overly prepared for school. I loved it! It was more like 1st grade light but I remember it as a lot of fun and learning.

  7. pjmama Says:

    I did full day kindergarten as a kid - but don't have any real life experience to offer. I wanted to point out, though, that lunch time and those little bits in between are when kids generally have the time and focus to develop relationships with their friends. So going full time and sharing in that experience might lead to a better social situation for her overall (not just in getting away from the kid she had the altercation with).

  8. livingalmostlarge Says:

    I certainly hope it turns into a good situation.

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