Full-Day Kindergarten in District 59Full-Day Kindergarten in District 59

FullDayK

  • In alignment with our focus on success for life and early learning, and to provide equity in opportunity at all elementary schools, School District 59 offers a Full-Day Kindergarten program at all elementary schools.
  • Parents still have the option of choosing a Half-Day program at their home school, but are encouraged to speak to school staff regarding the schedule and benefits of the Full-Day program before finalizing their decision.
  • Students who are in the Half-Day program will attend in the morning session and will have classmates who are in the Full-Day program.
  • District 59’s vision for Full-Day Kindergarten is to create a full-day experience that provides access to increasingly challenging academic content in a developmentally appropriate manner. The Full-Day program addresses all areas of child development and offers enhanced opportunities for child-centered, investigative, and exploratory activities that will help build social, collaboration, and problem solving skills.
  • While Half-Day Kindergarten can provide high quality educational and social experiences, a Full-Day program allows for additional experiences, including:
    • Balance between structured and unstructured activities
    • Additional time for direct instruction and small group instruction
    • Opportunities to practice, reinforce, and apply skills learned through centers and exploratory activities
    • Assessment, observation, and reinforcement within the school day schedule
    • Integration of language development, social skills, problem solving, and gross/fine motor skills
    • Expanded use of innovative learning tools that reflect a 21st century approach
    • Daily opportunities for instruction in either physical education, fine arts, or library skills
    • Increased flexibility for the teacher in planning and delivering instruction
    • Three progress reporting periods, once each trimester and aligned to the schedule for grades 1-5

How would that differ in a Half-Day Kindergarten schedule?

  • While none of the above experiences would be completely eliminated in a Half-Day program, the amount of time and the opportunities would be more limited for:
    • Practice and application
    • Centers and exploratory activities
    • Small group instruction
    • Holistic and in-depth study
    • Daily instruction in physical education, fine arts, or library skills
    • Indoor and outdoor recess and recreation
    • School-wide activities such as assemblies, parties, special events
    • Two progress reporting periods, at the end of each semester
  • Parents who choose a Half-Day Kindergarten option will be encouraged to re-evaluate that decision periodically throughout the year and will be allowed to reconsider Full-Day Kindergarten participation. Schools that implemented Full-Day Kindergarten during the 2014-2015 school found that the students themselves often prompted the move to from Half-Day to Full-Day as they wanted to stay and be with their classmates.

FullDayK

  • In alignment with our focus on success for life and early learning, and to provide equity in opportunity at all elementary schools, School District 59 offers a Full-Day Kindergarten program at all elementary schools.
  • Parents still have the option of choosing a Half-Day program at their home school, but are encouraged to speak to school staff regarding the schedule and benefits of the Full-Day program before finalizing their decision.
  • Students who are in the Half-Day program will attend in the morning session and will have classmates who are in the Full-Day program.
  • District 59’s vision for Full-Day Kindergarten is to create a full-day experience that provides access to increasingly challenging academic content in a developmentally appropriate manner. The Full-Day program addresses all areas of child development and offers enhanced opportunities for child-centered, investigative, and exploratory activities that will help build social, collaboration, and problem solving skills.
  • While Half-Day Kindergarten can provide high quality educational and social experiences, a Full-Day program allows for additional experiences, including:
    • Balance between structured and unstructured activities
    • Additional time for direct instruction and small group instruction
    • Opportunities to practice, reinforce, and apply skills learned through centers and exploratory activities
    • Assessment, observation, and reinforcement within the school day schedule
    • Integration of language development, social skills, problem solving, and gross/fine motor skills
    • Expanded use of innovative learning tools that reflect a 21st century approach
    • Daily opportunities for instruction in either physical education, fine arts, or library skills
    • Increased flexibility for the teacher in planning and delivering instruction
    • Three progress reporting periods, once each trimester and aligned to the schedule for grades 1-5

How would that differ in a Half-Day Kindergarten schedule?

  • While none of the above experiences would be completely eliminated in a Half-Day program, the amount of time and the opportunities would be more limited for:
    • Practice and application
    • Centers and exploratory activities
    • Small group instruction
    • Holistic and in-depth study
    • Daily instruction in physical education, fine arts, or library skills
    • Indoor and outdoor recess and recreation
    • School-wide activities such as assemblies, parties, special events
    • Two progress reporting periods, at the end of each semester
  • Parents who choose a Half-Day Kindergarten option will be encouraged to re-evaluate that decision periodically throughout the year and will be allowed to reconsider Full-Day Kindergarten participation. Schools that implemented Full-Day Kindergarten during the 2014-2015 school found that the students themselves often prompted the move to from Half-Day to Full-Day as they wanted to stay and be with their classmates.