Felicity starts kindergarten in 10 days. I am really excited and I do think it will be wonderful for her! The only problem is that it is half day kindergarten. I know that really isn't much of a problem. When I was in college I did a preschool practicum course. I was a teacher in a preschool on the campus and loved it. The kids in this preschool came in for 2 1/2 hours 5 days a week. It was effective and good for 3 and 4 year olds. Last year, Felicity spent the year attending the Head Start program in Lubbock. It was a full day preschool. I dropped her off at 8 everyday and picked her up at 2. It was a good schedule and she really thrived on it. She needed that structure and discipline in her life, and especially another adult that was in charge. It taught her a lot and she really grew during the year. They had activities all morning, lunch and then at about 12:30 everyday, they laid down and took naps. so for about 4 hours everyday, they were 'learning'.
So Kindergarten this year is going to be interesting. Her elementary school has only 1/2 day Kindergarten. But it isn't just half day. Jaicie goes to school fro 9-3:30 everyday. 6 1/2 hours everyday. Felicity has been assigned to PM kindergarten. She starts at 1 everyday and I pick her up at 3:30 with Jaicie. That is only 2 1/2 hours of school. I just don't feel like this is sufficient for a child to learn and develop like she should during Kindergarten. Jaicie attended all day kindergarten. They napped for about an hour everyday in the afternoon, but they spent so much of the day (8-3) learning. How can 2 1/2 hours be sufficient.
So I am curious. Of those of you out there with kids in half day kindergarten, how long do they go? Have they had the chance to learn new things that they should be in Kindergarten. I feel like I am going to have to do a few hours of school work everyday with her to supplement what they are doing at school. I just don't think that 2 1/2 hours is enough time to do much of anything. Especially with 5 year olds. Maybe my feelings will change once I see a daily schedule.
I don't know, I just really don't feel like this is good enough. I am not one that has the discipline to home school, but I really feel like I will have to supplement her learning. So those of you with kids in or having gone to kindergarten, what are your thoughts?