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John Beagle
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Posted - 12/28/2009 :  2:20:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Are you for or against All Day Kindergarten?

I asked Monroe Schools Superintendent Lolli about all day kindergarten, here was her response:

"I believe that all day kindergarten is important for all children, but especially for those who do not attend preschool before beginning public school. A quality developmentally appropriate kindergarten provides a positive start to any child's education."

Do you agree? Can we achieve a 'quality' program all day for the children in Monroe? Or is the current system where parents spend more time with the children more effective?

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I think all day Kindergarten is better for the kids. They are expected to know so much more at the Kindergarten and 1st grade levels now than used to be required and all day is definitely more conducive to that. IMO 1/2 day programs put them at a disadvantage.
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Posted - 12/28/2009 :  4:10:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

100% agree with it.

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cybermom
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I have no problem if someone else wants to send their child to all day Kindergarten. I just don't want that for my children. Both of my older two are excelling in school. Both are reading several grade levels above their grade. I don't think that my boys were at a disadvantage.

They are only little once. I want to enjoy as much time with them as possible before they are away from me 7-8 hours a day. I think there are benefits to spending time with mom (or dad).

My 4th grader comes home a lot of days in melt down mode. I just think all day is too long for a 5 year old. JMO.
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As a parent of a 2nd grade student and a soon to be 4 year old I see pros and cons to the situation. Both of my children went/go to preschool. My daughter has a reading disability and I think that it would have been beneficial for her to go all day. However my 3 yr 10 mos old is very ahead and I think that it will not benefit him unless they are able to challenge him. He is already writing 1st and last name, recognizing all letters of the alphabet, numbers thru 15 and knows all of his shapes. I am afraid that if he goes all day then he will not be challenged enough and will find other things to do to occupy himself.

Selfishly since he is my baby I dont want him gone all day either.
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John Beagle
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Posted - 01/04/2010 :  4:24:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I would like it to all-day as a option. Some parents want to keep their kids home, while others want or need all-day kindergarten.

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I have mixed feelings. I have a daughter that will be going to kindergarten next year. I would love to be able to send her to school all day and not have to deal with the half day business. It really puts a damper on other activities for younger siblings to have to be home by a certain time in the middle of the day to either get a child on or off the bus. That said, I don't see that my child will get any more from a full day program then she would from a half day program. I believe that I am responsible for my child's education. Whatever the school can give me, great, but when it comes down to it, I need to make sure that she can read, write, calculate, think, imagine, etc. I think a full day program can benefit some children, but just because a child doesn't attend preschool doesn't mean they won't adjust well to a formal school setting. My oldest son did not attend preschool and did just fine. My daughter is attending a cooperate preschool in my home. She socializes with other kids, but not what you would consider a formal preschool.

I would like to see full day kindergarten being optional. In many places, full day kindergarten is offered as a tuition based option. I would prefer to see it as a free option for those who wish to take advantage of it for whatever reason.
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Those districts that offer the all day option for a fee ( tuition) are no longer able to charge that fee, as of the next school year.

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Posted - 01/05/2010 :  5:59:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I am for all day kindergarten. The faster my kids get socialized, the faster they will learn what the real world is all about. Yes Virgina, there is life after pre-school.

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Posted - 01/05/2010 :  9:42:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I thought MLS had all day kindergarten two years ago? Then it was cut.
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James Little
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Posted - 01/06/2010 :  10:24:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I am all for it.... BRING IT!!!!
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