A Full Day for the Ankle Biters

By: Mr. Wilson on August 18, 2008
If I'm not mistaken, this is the first year that all Lincoln Public Schools kindergartners will be stuck in school all day long. As a former kindergartner myself, to that I say, "Pbbbbbbbb!" I shouldn't be so down on all-day kindergarten. I'm sure it does come with plenty of benefits. And it's certainly a better experience than what a lot of kids would otherwise have -- i.e. half a day in front of the television. Since LPS did a phased start-up of all-day kindergarten, I really hope somebody -- calling all grad students! -- does a study comparing educational attainment of kids who had all-day kindergarten versus those who didn't. Is there a difference? How much? Does the difference change over time?


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August 18, 2008 at 2:57PM

I am sure a study has been done but being the husband of a former teacher, the son-in law to a teacher, the son to a teacher, and the brother of a teacher I think I might have a little insight.  Also they all teach first or second grade.  From what they say it has made a huge difference.  The kids learn more and are more prepared to sit through an entire day of class with all day kindergarten.

Diane K
August 20, 2008 at 9:23PM

My daughter (who is 17 now and a 4.0+ student) had all day kindergarten while at Huntington Elementary. It worked very well. To be frank, in addition to the educational benefits for her, it helped me out with child care (I’m a single parent and at the time was also rather poor).

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