Full-day Kindergarten Poll Results

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Last week's poll is closed, here are the final results:

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Interesting that the Abbott school districts all have full day kindergarten, along with pre-school.

We pay for theirs and don't have it ourselves. Something seems wrong and unfair about that.

My kid is one of those "poor kids" who go to pre and post care at the Y and I don't think she has suffered in any way. She knows Mom and Dad have jobs to go to and that her own "job" is to go to school. In fact, she is far better prepared than her peers to adapt to new situations and challenges. She attended full day private kindergarten and was more prepared academically for 1st grade than her half day kindergarten peers were because more time was spent on focusing on basic skills like math and phoenics - the skills needed for 1st grade. So I am a proponent of full day kindergarten.

I would love an extended day for the kids. A 4 hour program would be perfect. This way the kids can have their specials and still have a lot of time in their classroom.

A few of my friends up in Bergen County had not a true full day but an extended day, and I would be all for that...the lkindergarten school program would end at 1pm or 1:30, which would give the teachers more time. My child is at Moss this year, and they have specials every day. By the time they get in, get settled and have the special, I'm, sure they are down to 2 hours of actual learning time, if that.

Half day might be fine if the schools worked together with their cirriculum. First grade teachers are expecting to get the kids knowing money, basic math, how to read - but kindergarten teachers don't have time to teach it. Then, the kids don't get grammar or other basics in the early grades but are graded on it by 4th and 5th. Book report structure isn't taught in school but they're expected to know that too. Metuchen schools to me are like a program at the YMCA - Mommy and Me. Unless your kid is like a little sponge that just knows and absorbs everything around him or her, expect to sit with them A LOT to do their work. To teach them - break new ground. I really don't blame the teachers as much as I blame the cirriculum. It's all over the board. In Edgar this year the 5th grade writing/reading program is piloting a new format because the old one really isn't working. Kudos to the administration there for trying it but why the heck wasn't it worked-out before the year started? And there's this reading program at Moss this year, an on-line read and comprehension quiz where the kids earn points. I know of a dozen parents doing it themselves so the kids get credit. So the kids aren't learning anything but Moss gets to claim it as an accomplishment at the end of a year. It's a sad joke. If the kids were in school longer, or had fewer specials, the teachers might actually have time to do things like that with them in class.

right on, enjoy the time, they are young for such a short period of time. I think most folks clamoring for full time kindergarten are looking not for enhanced education but for daycare. Someone to watch the kids wile they work. Some of these poor kids go into pre care then school then after care. Yikes, that must suck for those kids.

One of my children would have had a problem with the length and in the beginning was even napping in the afternoon. My other child could have handled it but why unless I needed to for working reasons. There were many other experiences that enhanced both of them in developing as a person which far outweigh the benefits of full day in the classroom. So far neither one of my children is behind children who attended full day kindergarten. I see benefits to both, but I'm glad I got to spend the time with them during that time and I don't see how it has hurt them in the long run.

I'm a former kindergarten teacher who taught full day kindergarten at a well regarded public school in New York City where the the program was full day. All of my students were able to handle the length of time - 8:30 to 3:00 p.m. No child or parent ever complained their child was tired or it was overwhelming. The teachers were able to cover so much more of the curriculum in-depth thus resulting in the children actually learning more! I've seen how full day kindergarten is incredibly beneficial, so I'm a huge advocate of implementing it in Metuchen!

are we the only town in the union that still only has half day?

Its not even a half day - 12:12 to 2:49. And they have gym twice a week. I would think its very hard to get anything done during such a short period.

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