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....