Full Day Kindergarten

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EDU 221 - YTAP #3: Full Day Kindergarten March 2, 2010 Three selected articles: Chen, Grace. “Full Day Kindergarten.” The Pros, the Cons and the growing Public Public School Debate. November 27, 2008. Johnson, Nicholas. “All-Day Kindergarten: Sorting Though the Pros and Cons.” March 2, 1999. Skurka, Lori J. M. Ed, “Perspectives From An Educator: All Day Kindergarten.” November 2007. Summary of the articles: The first article, “Full Day Kindergarten” examines that various benefits of a child who attends full-day kindergarten verse a child in half day kindergarten. Grace Chen explains how full-day kindergartners excel more in the areas of reading and math then those in half day. Not only are there added benefits academically, but the children in full-day kindergarten work better independently which builds good study habits for the future. Although Grace Chen provides may positive points she also gives detail about the negative points too. With the cost of full-day kindergarten being so expensive many schools do not offer this to families as an option. The second article describes how spending money in a child’s early years of education is cheaper then helping a child in later years. Nicholas Johnson examines all the pros and cons of full-day kindergartens. He found that some critics believed that kindergarten classes had no written curriculum, and the teachers were more like daycare providers. On the opposing view Nicholas Johnson also found a hand full of critics that said there is an additional education benefit to having more time with kindergarten students. The third article, “Perspectives From An Educator: All Day Kindergarten” examines the effects of the student and the needs of the parent. Lori Skurka believes that all-day kindergarten is to better prepare students to succeed. She states that students in this type of program show
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