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Old 01-25-2010, 07:39 PM
 
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Loudoun County offers only half day kindergarten. Can anyone share their experiences with this? Did they feel their child needed more time in kindergarten? How was their transition to 1st grade?
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:29 AM
 
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Since most of the kids go to half day kindergarten, they are pretty much in line with everyone else by the time they get to first grade. The kids who go to private full day kindergarten, tend to be bored the first and possibly second 9 weeks because it is just repeating what they had already learned. The first nine weeks seemed like they were just trying to get into a schedule and figure out where they kids should be. But by the time they get to second grade, everyone is at the level they need to be.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:32 AM
 
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My daughters both did half day kindergarten, one in Fairfax Co. and one in Loudoun Co. They both enjoyed the experience and did fine the rest of their elementary years. It was enough, especially as they had both been in mothers day out programs for a few years before that. It was a bit of a transition in first grade, you're basically doubling the time they're in school. They were both very tired at the end of their school day for a while. But like anything else they got used to it. I know from talking to my youngest's teacher that the teachers prefer full day. It makes their life easier because there is more time to get done all the things that need to be done. (Thanks, SOLs!)
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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Teachers also like it because there are fewer children to keep track of. When doing both a morning and afternoon kindergarten, they have report cards for 50-60 children, parent-teacher conferences for the same number, checking/grading twice as many papers, etc. It's not just a matter of the SOLs which I don't believe is even part of the K curriculum. But they do have more time to go over things and go more in-depth with subjects.

I agree that the OP shouldn't be concerned. If everyone is half-day, they will all be at the same place come first-grade.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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There is no SOL testing in kindergarten--that doesn't start until 3rd grade, but the entire curriculum is SOL based and there is certain ground kindergarten teachers must cover in accordance with Virginia's SOLS.

"The Standards of Learning (SOL) describe the commonwealth's expectations for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education."
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