Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Kindergarten...Help!


Kindergarten registration is coming up this month. This year I have the choice to have Sadie go to all day kindergarten or just half day in the morning. This year she has been attending preschool every day of the week with 2 Fridays off per month. It's almost like she's been on a half day kindergarten schedule already. I'm feeling a bit stressed about this decision. Here are my thoughts...

Pros for all day:
* She is very social & really ready to learn right now.
* I could get more done around the house & w/ the etsy shop
* my house may stay cleaner
* I could have one-on-one time w/ Claire

Cons for all day:
* I would miss her
* She's at school more than at home during her awake hours
* I'd have to pack her a lunch
* We wouldn't be able to do as many spontaneous fun things in the afternoon

I think I've already made my decision, but I'd love to hear your input. Especially from other moms that have made this type of decision already. Chanel, I already know what you will say. :) I'm also putting a poll on my sidebar. So, go ahead & vote....doesn't mean that's what we'll do. It's just for fun.

29 comments:

April said...

keep them close as long as possible...

Ruth said...

They have all day Kindergarten here, too, and I was worried about putting Brock in it. He had Pre-Kindergarten every day the year before, so I decided to go for it. Best thing ever! I'm glad I did it, he would have been so bored at home. Good luck!

NorCalMomma said...

I just registered my daughter Monday. Our school only offers extended day which is 8-1. I am excited because she will not have such a rough transition into 'real' school hours the following year. I am also very excited to pack her and lunch and have her feel like a big girl.

On the other hand, it makes me so sad to think Kindergarten is already here!

I think if your daughter did not already have as much preschool I would have her go only mornings, but I bet she would love going all day. Good luck Mama, any decision you make will be the right one.

Candace said...

Ruth...I was thinking all day would be good for her too, especially during the winter. It seems like she spends so much time just wanting to be on the computer & watch tv because we're stuck inside so much.

jenny peters said...

We have the two girls, my oldest did half day and then our next did full day. I strongly vote for all day. They learn more, have a smoother transition into first grade and don't spend a good portion wasted on settling in for the day each day/getting ready to leave for home. We loved full day, as well as my daughter.

Whitney said...

Wow, that's a toughie. I think I would go for half day, and then maybe work on some project at home during the other half of the day (but not the whole time). That way, you can enjoy her more, but still enjoy more of a transition to first grade. Just a thought!

Erin L said...

I voted for half-day, but I'm also more pro-homeschool. I guess it depends on how long half day is. My sister's half day is from 8:00 to 10:45 and I think that is too short. But, I like the idea of keeping kids close to home as long as possible.

Amber said...

I haven't had to make this decision because the school we go to does not offer all day. But some schools in vegas do this. I think that for me I would keep them home and just do the half day thing. My feelings are that they are still no little. It's a sad day when they are gone all day to school. They grow up too fast anyways. But really I think that it is a personal decision...what would be best for your family & for Sadie.

Megs said...

From a kindergarten teacher's perspective, I just don't think all-day kindergarten is necessary. For some kids I think it is a great thing (kids that don't have caregivers/parents who read, talk, play and do activities with them). But I think half-day kindergarten is perfect--they get used to being at the big kid school, being on the playground, walking through the halls, going to the library, etc. But then they still get to go home and be with Mom. First grade will be here before you know it and then she will be gone all day from then on. Kindergarten is the last chance to have the best of school/home life. Enjoy it.

ash said...

I'm with April. She will start first grade soon enough and be gone all day for the rest of forever.

Stephanie said...

My baby will also be starting school and this just tugs at my heart-strings. I can only think to keep her home as long as possible.

the fellers said...

I am glad I dont have to face this already, but from what I have read about Sadie, I think she seems like she would thrive on all day, and probably get bored at home...she seems like she is always wanting to learn. Also, if she is going to preschool that much, then it seems like she is ready for the next step! good luck, I have no clue, these are just some thoughts!

andrea said...

I think Sadie would do great in all day, she loves school and is so social. So either way I think she would be fine, if it was me I would do the half day though, just because I love having them home with me! Whatever you decide will be what is right for you!

Ariane said...

I think it depends on the kid so it's great that your school offers you the choice. We don't get a choice here - it's all day - end of story. Personally, I do not like all day kindergarten. All of my education/experience has taught me that it's not necessary. I agree with all the people that say that they are so young - keep them close! Maybe I'll feel differently when it isn't my oldest kid who's going off to school - but for now I think half day is perfect!

Heather said...

I'm sure Sadie will be ready for anything and you will make the best choice for her....
but for me and my kids half day it is.
Can't bear the thought of sending them all day long. Kindergarten itself is a good transition. Going everyday but just for part of the day. Then when first grade rolls around and you have no choice....that is the hardest :)

alexandra said...

I would do half days - I figure they have the rest of their lives to be committed to something ALL day long - why start early??!! Have her home, enjoy her, savour your time together. Having my twins home has been challenging at times but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Having said all that... you and Dylan will know what's best for Sadie and your little family - you will know in your hearts what you should do.
A.

ollie said...

having gone through this dilemma myself 2 years ago, I was SO glad I did full day kindergarten. It's not any better than 1/2 day. Sadie will learn just as much as the full day kids no problem. However, I liked full day because I was actually able to accomplish more in the day running errands AND spend more time with my youngest. With 1/2 day, you're picking her up shortly after you drop her off. That gets real old real fast.

kirsten said...

ok, i'm not taking the time to read all the comments, so i might be repeating someone - but i would DEFINITELY do half day. she doesn't necessarily need MORE school just because she's already doing half day. plus, how much more will they teach her anyway in full-day - it's more like child care, is what i've heard.

PLUS - at that age, school is overwhelming. Half is enough. and you can get a lot done during afternoon kindergarten - morning is harder.

Heather said...

As a mom and teacher I say go for the full day. You gave plenty of reasons why she's ready.

Shay said...

Whoa, that is a tough one! Bay Village schools are debating right now about switching to an all day, we find out next week at our Kindergarten meeting. I think Sadie would do great in all day. She is such a smart girl and very outgoing, I think it would be great. I know I have a lot of pressure to say half day too, I feel like people think you are a bad mom if you say full day, does that make sense. You just do what you and Dylan feel is best for her.

jennifer said...

that's such a tough decision, candace. sadie is such a bright girl and would probably thrive in all-day, but then again she'll thrive no matter what the environment is. what you might want to consider in favor of half-day is that this is the last year she could participate in other activities in the afternoons, such as a weekly library class, having playdates with her friends from school, and of course field trips to the zoo, parks and museums with friends :)
our best wishes as you and dylan work this out for your family - i'm sure you'll find the best fit for all of you!
xoxo

Michelle said...

I taught half day Kindergarten and it seemed like there wasn't enough time to fit everything in... but a lot of the kids were ready to go home because they were tired.

I also taught full day Kindergarten in New Zealand and the kids were young... most had just turned five. By the last hour the kids were all tired but on the plus side they got to play outside for over an hour each day and we didn't feel so rushed teaching.

I would just make sure that there's enough play mixed in with academics if your thinking of going full day. I thought half day was perfect for Avry this year. Good luck!

Rolyndia said...

I would choose half day all over again. We didn't have the option of all day here and I am so grateful for that. Granted my story is a little different, but I would think I would choose half day if I had only one going to kindergarten. Mine are in 1st grade this year and I miss them as much and more than when they were in half day Kindergarten last year. Good luck on your decision.

chanel said...

I LOVE that picture!!!!
its funny how many comments you get when you ask for opinions isn't it?

whatever you decide will be perfect, you're her mama and know her best.

Heather said...

the school we chose only offered all-day kindergarten. i really really didn't want all day kindergarten, but I really liked the school otherwise. we went ahead and did it. the first 6months were rough for my son- he had already had 2 yrs of pre-k (3 days a week, 2 hours a day). the adjustment of all day kindg. was hard for him. however, after x-mas break when he went back it was like night and day. he loved school and didn't mind the time he was there, it was just much easier. anyway, that was our experience, i'm sure you'll make the right choice for your family.

Janice said...

Half. Whole day was rough on my kids in first grade, I can't imagine what it would have been like in kindy. They thrived in half day, plus we got to continue much of our routines/outings. Once they are gone, they're gone...if you have the choice to get to spend more time with her for another year, I personally would take it. Good luck...those sorts of decisions are tough on the heart.

Tanya said...

I vote for half!! My son was exhausted when he started a full day of 1st grade. It is NOT the same as preschool --- their brains are on overload in the beginning.

Even now --- I find myself missing my son. :( Once he gets home from school --- homework, dinner and bath. Cramming quality time in is very difficult.

Tracy said...

I will have a young K'er b/c her bday is in July. The first decision is made--she is going next year! I plan to send her 1/2 day but oh have I been wavering and discussing the full day! My girls go to a private, catholic school and enrollment is down so much that I am wondering if they will force my decision and go to only a full day--2 class of all day-ers. It will make me sad b/c she is my last, and will be a young 5 and the day seems way too long :( However, I do work PT and in that respect it would eliminate a lot of juggling. Right now she goes 4-1/2 days each week.

hollybirdy said...

My youngest goes to Kindergarten this fall too. There is only one half day K in town and that is what we will do. My oldest did that 2 years ago...worked well.
I have reservations for them to be gone sooo long when they are so young. It was hard, hard sending my first grader to all day school this year but I adjusted and he did perfectly. :0)

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