Salisbury eyes all-day kindergarten : The Morning Call Online

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Salisbury School District is investigating the possibility of initiating full-day kindergarten although, if approved, it won't start for at least a couple of years.

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Teacher

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May 2, 2007
 
This is an interesting concept. My question is does this mean parents will HAVE to send their children to pre-school in order to become prepared for kindergarten? Some children have enough issues with being in school for half a day, but throwing them right in for a full day might be troublesome. I've never heard of anyone with a full-day kindergarten. I'll be interested to see how this all works out!
sunny

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May 2, 2007
 
Actually there are a few daycares in Allentown and have full day kindergarten and personally if structured correctly it allows for all the same material to be taught in a full day instead of half a day. I noticed that b/w my children. My oldest had full day verses the next child having half. I'm a for full day too bad I'm in Allentown.
sunny

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May 2, 2007
 
Oh! my city came up harrisburg.???? I'm in allentown.
Salisbury Resident

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May 2, 2007
 
It is an interesting concept. I am kind of dissappointed in the denial of the grade shuffle but that is a different story. I think full day kindergarten would be very benificial. it would limit the amount of day-care/babysitter bills for Mom and Dad's that work full time. At lest if your child is in full time kindergarten you know they are safe and protected. The will be better prepared for first grade learning. One does't HAVE to send their child to pre-school as it isn't a requirement for entry into kindergarten. I think it would work out well. Just my opinion though.

Since: May 07

Allentown, Salisbury Township

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May 2, 2007
 
Yeah, I am waterburry CT as well. but I live in allentown.
sunny wrote:
Oh! my city came up harrisburg.???? I'm in allentown.
JT Parent

Blairstown, NJ

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May 2, 2007
 
Teacher wrote:
This is an interesting concept. My question is does this mean parents will HAVE to send their children to pre-school in order to become prepared for kindergarten? Some children have enough issues with being in school for half a day, but throwing them right in for a full day might be troublesome. I've never heard of anyone with a full-day kindergarten. I'll be interested to see how this all works out!
Jim Thorpe has had full day kindergarten for the past couple of years. I think this is great, my daughter loves to be at school with her friends and all of the children were well adjusted, they take a nap or rest in the middle of the day but then stop the naps in mid March. I am a stay at home mom and my daughter graduated pre-school at a very early age of 3 but had to wait almost 3 years to go to school because her birthday falls in November. If anything they should be letting the children in that are ready for school and not go by the age but by their ability to learn and maturity. This should also be good for a lot of parents, they can go back to work and not have to worry about a heafty day care bill!

Since: May 07

Allentown, Salisbury Township

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May 2, 2007
 
It is a very interesting concept. I think it would work out just fine. There is no regulation for a parent to send their child to pre-school. think of the savings it would be if Mom and Dad work full time and have to put their child in day care. I think it could work out well.

Since: May 07

Allentown, Salisbury Township

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May 2, 2007
 
Sorry for the double post.
kak

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May 2, 2007
 
When Northampton first offered full day 6 years ago, as a working mother I opted for the full day for my son. He was used to going to day care, so full day K was not a big adjustment for him. At the information meetings so many parents seemed to be against it because their "child wasn't ready". My personal feeling was that these were likely stay at home parents who weren't ready to let their children go for a full day - I think that the majority of kids would have been just fine. I was surprised at the lack of interest in it at that time. I felt that when my son got to 1st grade, and mixed with the kids that went to half day K - while he and his fellow full day K classmates were ready to "move on" they had to hold back to wait for the others to "catch up". Although it did not impact me, I was glad that the following year they did not offer the half day option.
Teacher

Allentown, PA

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May 2, 2007
 
JT Parent, thanks for the insight. I didn't realize there were places in the area that had full day. With the nap and all that I can see that they could make it. Especially with the transition beginning in March. Where I teach, I couldn't imagine the kindergarteners to go for a full day (without a nap time or break) some of them can't make it for the half a day.

I agree completely with your age comment. I went to school at a very young age and am a November baby. With current standards I would've started school at age 5 not 4. I don't think I would've enjoyed that (throughout school I was dying to move on and get into the working world.) Having to wait an extra year would've probably turned me into a class clown or trouble child (the way students who already know what they're "just" learning tend to do when they already know the material.)
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May 2, 2007
 
i recently moved to pa from wva. we have full day kindergarten there, it was wonderful! i actually thought it was strange to here that allentown only has half day kindergarten. my 2 oldest girls went all day and it was fine. they had a 25 minuet naptime, actually rest time they didn't have to sleep just lay down and rest, they also provided several snacks during class. my 5 year old will be starting kindergarten in the fall and i really wish allentown had a full day.
Martha V

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Jul 31, 2007
 
I believe in full day Kindergarten. Woo hoo for them. Maybe this will be finalized before my other 2 hit kindergarten.

As for the post about "does this mean parents will have to send their kids to preschool...?" Absolutely not. My daughter who enters K this year is starting to read the begininer books. She has never gone to preschool; I just work with her at home as all parents should. As for the attention span, she just sat through a nine hour workshop with her 3 year old brother on dinosaurs at the Smithsonian a few weeks back. I think they can handle it!
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Jun 12, 2008
 
I am sooo waiting for them to implement all day daycare. I was the parent who thought it was best for my son to be home. And not in daycare but I am back to work. So now he goes to preschool and he LOVES IT! If i don't get my son dressed fast enough he is doing it himself. He is only 3 he can count to 15 in english and 10 in spanish.(we r not spanish). He needed the interaction with other children in an uniform enviroment. salisbury township needs to get with the times here. Our kids need to keep up & be competive in there learning development. This will make our kids smarter and more structured.
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Jun 12, 2008
 
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