M.C. asks from Grand Blanc, MI on January 24, 2007
Kindergarten - Grand Blanc,MI
My daughter is currently in pre-school but registration for Kindergarten is coming up in a month and I am really on the fence about putting her ina full day Kindergarten class. She only goes to pre-school for 3 1/2 days per week and it just seems like going from that to 5 full days per week would be too much for her? Anyone have any thoughts?
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Thanks for all the great advice everyone, it's good to know I am not the only one going through this! I guess I am going to wait until the Kindergarten roundup meeting and get more info about the full day program at that point. Thanks again!!
L.C. answers from Lansing on January 25, 2007
My daughter started preschool this year, it's a full day m-th program and she loves it! They have a rest time after lunch, and it's not the intense full day that you think of for regular elementary school, it's geared towards the kids! Nest year will be full day kindergarten, m-f, just like the big kids. We are in Michigan also:)
N.I. answers from Detroit on January 24, 2007
my son went to school just like your daughter. i put him in all day kindergarten and he loved it. he is now in second and if i had to do it again i would.
L.M. answers from Detroit on March 15, 2007
I know I am late in responding but I was faced with the same dilemma with my son. I wasn't sure if I should enroll in extended day kindergarten or not. Finally, someone said to me, what would he be doing if he was at home? Well, the answer to that was watching TV or playing video games. That's when I decided on full day. It was the best decision we ever made and I really believe it gave him an advantage when he went to first grade. My dtr who is now 3 will be doing the same thing. Good Luck to you!
L.K. answers from Detroit on January 25, 2007
Is full-day kindergarten the only option available? My son is in afternoon kindergarten, and I think that 1/2 days are a good transition from preschool schedule into full days in 1st grade.
Your kids will have many years of full days at school. Why not let them take it a little easier for a year?
R.A. answers from Grand Rapids on January 24, 2007
I am in the same situation. When my oldest was in Headstart for 2 years. He went 1/2 days mon-thrus. I put him in only 1/2 days the first 1/2 of the year, an dfor hte second half,they had a fulltime opening and then switched. I enjoyed the extra time it gace with him before he was at school all day long. I hope this helps.
S.B. answers from Benton Harbor on February 08, 2008
Hi my name is S. a mother of 3 who are 17,18 and 21 years of age. I am also from Michigan, Watervliet area. My advice about kindergarten would be, God has blessed her in your care and so He must trust that you have what she needs to get a good start. My experience is that teachers are so overwhelmed with so many students as it is and children at this age need so much one on one and they just don't receive that in a big class room setting. Have you ever thought of home schooling? I wish I would of done home schooling with my children in their tender years! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will guide your path (decision).(Prov.3:5,6)
R.D. answers from Grand Rapids on January 25, 2007
I totally agree with you. I too am a SAHM and my daughter went to preschool only 2 mornings a week. Her school has 2 full day one 1/2 day kindergarten. I wanted to put her in a different school but my husband convienced me to try it for 3 weeks first. She loves it. She does great. I help out in the class room once a week and I am so amazed by how well they all do. I will not hesitate to put my son in the same program when he is ready. (he is now only 2) My best friends child goes to kindergarten all day every day and said that at the beginning it was an adjustment but by the 4th week they were doing great.
Hope that helps.
A.T. answers from Detroit on January 25, 2007
I too am running into the same situation. My daughter is in pre-school 3 days a week for only a couple of hours. Kindergarten is either full day or half day in our district.
As I am typing this to you, my daughter is making my point. I find that on the days that she is not in school as well as the afternoons after school she seems to get really bored. We do lots of things together but, I think that she needs to have different surroundings. She loves to play with the kids and talks about her teachers non stop. She seems to be thriving more from school than from being home with mom.
I think that she may be going to full day kindergarten. For as much as I may not like it, I think it will be more beneficial to her. Not to mention that her 1 yr old brother can get a break from her....LOL
Good Luck in you decision.
E.M. answers from Detroit on February 01, 2007
Depending on what school district, are you sure it is 5 full days? Most KG are 5 half days, which is really only 3 hours a day.
One suggestion would be trying out a longer day at preschool. There are some programs that will let you try some different schedules to see how she will do.
I am a Director for a KinderCare, as well as a Mom of a KG. If there are any questions I can help you with, please let me know. No pressure, just Mom to Mom, (not as a Director)