Why I am still in favor of 1/2 day kindergarten with Jefferson if a family needs a full day option in Park Ridge.
5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 6:27 PM

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5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 6:43 PM

This article seems to point out why we need full day kindergarten in Park Ridge. The math curriculum currently being taught is meant for a full day of kindergarten. That, along with all the other academic and assessment expectations means that the 3 hours that our students are at school for kindergarten is jam packed with instruction and there is minimal to no time for play or discovery based learning.

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5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 6:46 PM

I have a strong suspicion that if they went with full day, they would pack if full of academics. I didn't know that about math instruction--the pacing seems fine for my current kindergartener, and the pacing was slow for my 1st grader. Are people noticing that it is hard for their kindergartener to keep up?

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5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 6:54 PM

I think full day kindergarten could incorporate self directed play if we as parent stakeholders advocated for it.

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5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 7:49 PM

According to my daughters D64 kindergarten teacher, they are cramming a full day curriculum into half a day and would have hours more playtime if it was full day.

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5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 7:55 PM

I would love to see a half day and a full day option (with parents paying for the additional cost of the longer day). I personally would always choose half day because I've seen how much my kids have learned in kindergarten even with the constraints of half day instruction. But I want there to be a full day option for parents too. There are so many parents who need and want the full day option. They strongly believe it's most beneficial for their child for many reasons. Unfortunately, I don't think our district is close to a full day option due to the cost.

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5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 7:57 PM

I didn't necessarily mean to re-open the full/half day can of worms--I just found the article interesting, and it resonated with my beliefs about kindergarten education.

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5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 8:29 PM

It's the school districts, state and federal governments that have done this NOT the teachers. They are doing what they are told to do. Let's make that clear.

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5 months ago on 04/17/2017 at 8:33 PM

I honestly don't know what the answer is. I think if a full day of public school kindergarten is offered it should be offered to everyone at no additional cost as this is public education. Of my three kids only one of them would have benefitted from all-day kindergarten. The other two were puddles by the afternoon after half-day. I get that it can be considered daycare for many families who have no other childcare options. I worry that kids who don't get a full day will be way behind those that do have access to full day. And what about people who have kids who would academically and socially benefit from full-day but wouldn't be able to afford it because it would be a paid option.

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