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Is Half-Day or Full Day Kindergarten More Effective

With the new Common Core Standards, is a half-day Kindergarten still relevant or is Full day the only option now?
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Amanda Huisentruit

on 7 December 2012

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Comparison Issues The learning environment Evidence Conclusion Common Core Standards Half-Day Full-day kindergarten is expensive Is Half-Day or Full-Day
Kindergarten More Effective? Although both full-day and half-day kindergarten have their flaws and their strong points, it seems to me that the obvious choice is to implicate a standard of full-day kindergarten throughout the nation. A 5-6 year old being at school for 5-6 hours at a time does seem like a lot; however when you factor in recess, lunch, and specials the time spent in the classroom is more manageable. Plus the extra time spent in the classroom has been showed to produce more ready 1st graders, as well as children who are retained less througout their academic careers. By Amanda Huisentruit Average half-day consists
of 3 hours of instruction
a day. Full-Day Average full-day consists
of 5-6 hours of instruction
a day. This half-day model is beneficial to children who have no previous schooling, or experience of spending long periods of time away from home. Children who have been to preschool
prior to entering the public school
system benefit most from full-day kindergarten; often these children are used to being in a structured
classroom for hours at a time. By switching to full-day, schools will need to hire more staff, along with adjusting the building to accommodate all of the students at one time. Half-day was implicated during World War 1 as to serve more children while saving money The parents Children who attend half-day kindergarten need to be transported from school to either a babysitter or a daycare program; this is very difficult for working parents to leave work to do so. Many children live in households with one or two working parents. Common Core examples of Math Standards in Nevada Previous example of math standards in Nevada 45 states and 3 territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards over the past few years. The goal of the Common Core Standards is to clearly define what students need to know (grade by grade) to prepare them for college and careers.
The children must recognize and write numerals 0-10 Children must count up to 20. The children must write and recognize the numerals 0-20 Children must count up to 100; in a multiple of ways (1's and 10's) By only attending 2-3 hours a day in half-day kindergarten the children's time to learn is limited. Often creating a rushed learning environment. In the full-day setting the classroom is more relaxed. With more time to teach the children educators feel less rushed and that allows for more playtime, field trips and guests speakers. Those are all things that cannot take place as often in a half-day classroom, especially with the adaptation of the Common Core State Standards. Who pays for these extra costs?
The two most common ways to cover the extra cost of full-day kindergarten is to either have parents pay a tuition or for the school to acquire a grant to cover the expenses.
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