Kindergarten – full day, half day, public, private? How do you as a parent decide what is best for your child? How do you sift through all the data and statistics, what the ‘professionals’ advise, what the politicians are campaigning and promising . . . who is right, who is wrong . . . what is the best, what is the worst . . . What pressure to place on parents and what pressure to impose on a child if it’s not the right fit for him or her. Just when you think you have it figured out another article, editorial, commentary and report that suggests, implies, recommends or claims what you should do, still leaves you feeling that the decision you need to make is even more clouded with confusion and uncertainty.
The attached link, “Why full-day kindergarten doesn’t work” – Charlie Gillis on the muchkin invasion” is an interesting read and provides some food for thought about full-day kindergarten . . . and if anything it further begs the question, “What is best for YOUR child?”
Each child is unique and different in their growth, development and needs. Why are we led to believe that ‘full-day’ kindergarten is best for every child in order to be successful and to not fall behind academically and in life? How can this one formula, ‘full-day kindergarten’ be the right fit for every child?
Maybe we should be asking a different question, “What is the best early start for my child’s life journey? For some children, the best early start may be to stay at home with a family member, because a home learning environment is just the right fit for your own child at a particular stage in his or her growth and development. For some children, a half day program in a learning environment outside of the home may be the next step in supporting and nurturing your child’s needs in their growth and development . . . and yet for some children a full day program has its benefits if your child is ready but the key to his or her success is if he or she is “ready” for a full-day learning program.
A lot of factors come into play when making such an important decision for your child and the start of his or her educational journey . . . BUT one thing is sure, the decision shouldn’t be based on information that is politically driven or even based on biased test scores, stats, and studies. After you have sifted through all the information, in the end and bottom line, YOU, as your child’s parents are his or her first teachers, YOU are his or her connection to a world that is waiting to be explored and discovered.
Open the door for your child into a learning environment that will best SUPPORT, ENCOURAGE, and NURTURE the Shining Star He or She is meant to BE . . .