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Leominster resident Cheryl Finnerty is blown away by the things her son Ryan is learning in kindergarten this year.

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Apr 13, 2008
 
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The number one reason for parents accepting full time kindergarten is because it is free day care. The same applies for longer school day. The school/ state have become the main caregiver for children in this country. Some parents need day care because they cannot support themselves or their families without juggling 2 -3 jobs. No arguement there. Single parenting is tough.
Of course it is a win-win situation. The school requires more teachers for pre-k and full day K programs at a time when the 1-12 school age population is dropping.
The schools get more CH70 money because K students are counted as 1 student instead of 1/2 . The parents have some place to put their children for the day or 1/2 day for free.
Unfortunately they have removed the choice that parent's had to send their child to 1/2 day kindergarten.
One of my children did not attend "kindergarten" the other did. Their success in school has more to do with competent teachers in grades 4-12 than early intervention. Guess which one got the scholarship?(spare me the "It is a different world" speech. True, if you go back 45 years (when I was in kindergarten) not true if you go back 10-15 years)
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I think it would be better if parent's weren't pressured into sending their 2 1/2 year olds to preschool. We will not be sending our daughter to preschool until she is 4. I would prefer to keep her home until kindergarten, but now with full day being the norm, it's necessary to start school earlier so they are used to the long day/long week. Let the kids be kids for a bit longer! They have another 12-14 + years of school ahead of them.
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My son did not attend pre-school. He is in the full day kindergarten program and is thriving. He was not behind any of the other children as far as his social skills or learning capabilities are concerned; his learning is progressing well, he is reading, his math skills are above average, and he has had no issues interacting with his peers. Initially, I was very worried about his transition from no pre-school experience into a full day of school. The way the days are structured with time for learning and the built in blocks for free play and socialization, I think the kids are able have a well rounded day. I fully advocate for full day kindergarten!
Leominster Parent

Leominster, MA

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Apr 14, 2008
 
State sponsered parenting wrote:
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The number one reason for parents accepting full time kindergarten is because it is free day care. The same applies for longer school day. The school/ state have become the main caregiver for children in this country. Some parents need day care because they cannot support themselves or their families without juggling 2 -3 jobs. No arguement there. Single parenting is tough.
Of course it is a win-win situation. The school requires more teachers for pre-k and full day K programs at a time when the 1-12 school age population is dropping.
The schools get more CH70 money because K students are counted as 1 student instead of 1/2 . The parents have some place to put their children for the day or 1/2 day for free.
Unfortunately they have removed the choice that parent's had to send their child to 1/2 day kindergarten.
One of my children did not attend "kindergarten" the other did. Their success in school has more to do with competent teachers in grades 4-12 than early intervention. Guess which one got the scholarship?(spare me the "It is a different world" speech. True, if you go back 45 years (when I was in kindergarten) not true if you go back 10-15 years)
I could not disagree with you more. My son attends full day kindergarten and it has nothing to do with getting "free daycare." I have plenty of family members who would love to watch him everyday for free. That is not why I chose to send him full days. He has learned more this year than I ever thought he would. He is reading, writing, doing math, working on the computer...he amazes me all the time with everything he is learning and he LOVES to go to school. You are also wrong when you say they have removed the choice for half day. You still have that choice and some parents opted for that choice. And I also have to disagree with your statement that success has more to do with competent teachers in grades 4-12. Try telling that to a preschool, kindergarten or 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. Kindergarten age is when kids are the most impressionable and teachers have the biggest chance of making an impact.
If you want to speak for youself, that's fine. But please don't act as if you are speaking for the rest of us when you say all we want is free daycare. Did you take a survey? I doubt it.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Those who are afraid of full-day school are the mom's not looking to head back to work full-time. They'd rather hang at the mall and eat devil dogs on the couch watching soap operas all day.
Leominster Parent Too

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Apr 14, 2008
 
I challenge the free daycare as well. Some parents do use it for that, but where can you find good work that will allow you to arrive after 9am and home by 3:30? Most families are double income, it is the world we live in. That isn't the issue anyhow. Those parents who use it as "daycare" are the ones that think their children's teachers are supposed to teach them right from wrong, discipline their children and hold their kids hand through life. Things that are clearly PARENTAL duties.

I have a child in full day Kindergarten and I can honestly say that 2 1/2 hrs would not have been enough. They barely get comfortable and they are back on a bus. The full day program allows them to interact socially, the far greater necessity at this age. I am told that they are getting these Kindergarteners ready for 1st grade with all the discipline and regimented structure. My child went into Kindergarten able to read very well, to do many of the educational things needed. But the social aspect was needed, despite having been in a preschool. Structure, structure. Probably too much, and sometimes I think the day is too long. But what he has learned this year has been amazing. It far outweighs any doubts I had.

I do wish that they would screen the kids before then entered Kindergarten to get a better grasp on what the child is going to need to make this HUGE jump into an educational setting. It would allow them to succeed more.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Riley Martin wrote:
Those who are afraid of full-day school are the mom's not looking to head back to work full-time. They'd rather hang at the mall and eat devil dogs on the couch watching soap operas all day.
Riley your ship is here to take you back..
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The parents (to be more specific, mothers) that are opposed to full-day kindergarten are the ones whose children and are like little burrs clinging to their trousers when they talk to other adults, afraid that mommy is going to leave them or give them away. As Sting once said, "if you love someone, set them free". Let the kid have some "me time" away from your opressive dominance.

The true irony is that the moms with the clingy children don't spend more than an hour a day of quality time with them - they spend most of it yammering away on the phone or having coffee at playgroups with other moms while the kids stare blankly at Barney or bash eachothers heads in with blocks.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Leominster Parent Too wrote:
age. I am told that they are getting these Kindergarteners ready for 1st grade with all the discipline and regimented structure..
THAT IS SCARY
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Jan 17, 2013
 
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I could not disagree with you more. My son attends full day kindergarten and it has nothing to do with getting "free daycare." I have plenty of family members who would love to watch him everyday for free. That is not why I chose to send him full days. He has learned more this year than I ever thought he would. He is reading, writing, doing math, working on the computer...he amazes me all the time with everything he is learning and he LOVES to go to school. You are also wrong when you say they have removed the choice for half day. You still have that choice and some parents opted for that choice. And I also have to disagree with your statement that success has more to do with competent teachers in grades 4-12. Try telling that to a preschool, kindergarten or 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. Kindergarten age is when kids are the most impressionable and teachers have the biggest chance of making an impact.
If you want to speak for youself, that's fine. But please don't act as if you are speaking for the rest of us when you say all we want is free daycare. Did you take a survey? I doubt it.
HI... Im just a mom looking for information.. Just so you know you are all right in your own way because no one child is the same and no one family is the same... we all have diiferents needs , different opinions on what is important or not.. that is what makes us individuals including our children. What I need for my son is a halfday kindergarten class. He struggles with a significant speech delay. He attends headstart 3 days a week now and is teachers, therapists and myself feel he will not be ready for full day kindergarten. He is fully exhausted from trying to comminicate with his peers and teachers after a couple of ours. I don't want to destroy his natural desire to learn by pushing him to hard. Unfortunately I can not find any half day programs anywhere. Do any of you know of any in Leominster , Fitchburg area...

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