My twins will be entering kindergarten this fall. I have been debating for over a year whether I should have them attend the full-day kindergarten program where I work or if they should attend the half-day program within the district we live. I would like them to attend the rest of their elementary years in the district where we live. It is a blue ribbon school, thus it has an excellent reputation. The district where I work is struggling because it is located within a rural poor community. I would love for them to receive the benefits of a full-day program, but worry about them making another transition in the 1st grade. They are both rather introverted and do have some difficulty being away from me in new settings.
Advice from Schoolfamily
cmccarthy writes: As a first grade teacher, I am a big advocate for all day Kindergarten.
Having your twins physically near you, in the all day K, seems as if it would be less stressful for you and them. I have many children enter my first grade, having gone to a different kindergarten, and their transition usually goes smoothly. Your twins have the added benefit of a built-in friend!
madflower writes: I was originally happy that my son was only going to a half-day Kindergarten program, knowing he'd be attending full-day school until he was 18. However, after seeing what a Kindergarten curriculum entails nowadays (nothing like the K we all attended!), I know that my son and his classmates would absolutely benefitted from a full-day program. I soon became an advocate of full-day K programs and am lucky that our school district has recently approved full-day K for our school district! I am thrilled that my daughter will have the opportunity to get all the benefits of a full-day K program!