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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.




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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.


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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!
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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!
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SchoolFamily writes:
Just wanted to add to Connie's comment by pointing you to a blog she wrote on this topic titled, "My Case for All-Day Kindergarten."
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