Full-day vs. half-day kindergarten?

Sunday, June 03, 2012

It's almost here - all of our kids in school! Until a few days ago, our school plan for our 5 yr old twins was half-day kindergarten. We never even considered putting them in full-day kindergarten because we couldn't afford it (our district offers tuition-based full-day kindergarten).

I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom (5yr old twins and 8yr old daughter) for the past 6 years and have loved every minute of it! In order to stay home, we've made many financial sacrifices - one being to not pay for the full-day program. But, our thinking changed recently when an outstanding full-day kindergarten teacher was hired at our school.

So now what??? One option to pay for the program requires me to substitute teach twice a week. I like that solution to cover the finances, but now other questions are popping up... Is the full-day program (6hrs 20min) too long of a day for kindergarteners? Is there really a noticeable educational advantage to full-day vs. half-day?

If anyone has any input, I'd love to hear your thoughts....
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  • LISAW/3
    I wish I had some great advice for you! Our district doesn't offer full day kindergarten, but I wish they did since the twins are in full day preschool. I'd love to be able to go to full day kindergarten (when they get old enough) and save some money, but in your case, full day would cost you more money. Full day kinder wouldn't be tough for mine since they are aready in full day preschool, but that is a big adjustment for kids not in that situation.
    Good luck with whichever way you decide to go!
    2859 days ago
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