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Cross posted from Special Needs but because dd2 will also have needs for advanced instruction based on some of her evaluations, I'm putting this out here too. Academically speaking, the full day and half day K class get the same instruction, the only thing different are the specials: art, gym and computers (things she gets at home).<br><br>
I think based on what I know about dds issues with anxiety (even though they are improving), and what I think is a reactive hypoglycemia issue, wouldn't it make more sense to do a half day K rather than full day?<br><br>
I wrote a letter to her s/n preschool teacher who originally asked if I was going to put K in full day. I said I didn't really know.<br><br>
This is one of the reasons why (from the letter I wrote):<br><br>
"I know K still has issues with fatigue and hunger. Yesterday, after only being gone for 2 hours at the playgroup while I was in the STEP parent class, she was crabby from the minute we hit the car. She said, “I’m very hungry and we didn’t even get a snack when we were there” and proceeded to pout and whine. I should have brought a snack to give her in the car, but forgot to (big mistake). She was melting down for about a half hour even though I tried to give her a snack when we got home (she didn’t want to eat anything).<br><br>
We picked up M (K was still fussy in the car), ate lunch out and came home. She slept for about 2 hours (she often needs naps after incidents like these). I know what caused it – I know she normally does better when she has a good protein rich breakfast (like eggs), and she didn’t yesterday. K and E both had the same breakfast (cereal). They both went to the playgroup while I went to the parenting class. Only K was the one to have problems aftewards. Through observation over many incidents such as these, I know that what K eats really determines how resilient she can be over the course of the day."<br><br>
"Aside from making the scheduling easier for the speech teacher and less intrusion onto the academic portion of her day, what benefits do you see in a full day program for K? We go to the park enough, we have a wooden playset in the backyard, and she has ballet class and does Yoga for Kids videos and uses the trampoline at home. We have a huge supply of art materials, and she gets time on the computer at home".<br><br>
[the afternoon portion of the day is about art, gym and computer time]<br><br>
From a purely financial standpoint this is another reason why I want to half day K.<br><br>
"Additionally, we will have to pay about $1000 for E to go to preschool, and then we would have to spend $1200 for the afternoon portion of full day K. I’m not sure that would be money well spent if K has adjustment problems with the longer hours. Since I don’t work, that extra $100 a month will be felt financially".<br><br>
Does this sound like multiple good reasons to keep her in 1/2 day? I can't think of a single benefit to dd2 to have her in all day.<br><br>
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The other thing about keeping her only half day means I could do more things with her at home, to keep her challenged, even if the academics don't.<br><br>
No one seems to have any reason to keep her in school all day, particularly when she has anxiety issues.<br><br>
Am I missing something? Wouldn't it be better to keep her at home more if that is an option. And there's no guarantee we'd get the full day, its based on a lottery system anyway.
 

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I don't understand why you are even considering the full day.<br><br>
Really, a lot of kids that age would do better with a half day. It seems pretty clear that it would be a better choice for her so why even worry about it any more?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't understand why you are even considering the full day.<br><br>
Really, a lot of kids that age would do better with a half day. It seems pretty clear that it would be a better choice for her so why even worry about it any more?</div>
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I never was, but the s/n teacher seemed originally that it might be beneficial for her to have full day. Now I know why. The teacher ended up calling me at the end of the day to talk about it. She had explained more fully what her original reasoning to suggest that (and this suggestion was a few weeks ago).<br><br>
What she told me was that often, kids come home from 1/2 day K and turn on the tv and don't do anything with their parents. In essence, some parents use the TV/video games to babysit their kids rather than do activities with them and school would be a much better option than to be babysat by the TV.<br><br>
I think, after she gave her the Bracken test that showed dd was actually at least 1.5 years ahead academically than her age, and after discussing that I do a lot of things at home with her and her sisters, dd2 could handle either full day K or 1/2, but the choice was ours. I wasn't sure before, though before it sounded like she was encouraging full day K. But now I see why she said that. It would be better off for a child to have full day if all they would do is sit in front of the TV instead.<br><br>
She did say that if we were to do full day K, it could be written into her IEP to have snack breaks built in to her day. So, I was relieved to hear that. I was slightly worried that she didn't take that concern of mine seriously or that I'd need medical proof that she needs the snack break. We just had our case conference Wednesday, and this happened on Thursday. Had I known she still would have problems like the above, I would have had it written in on that day to begin with. But at least the possibility exists to modify it if we do full day K.<br><br>
My gut instinct has always been 1/2 day K. I just didn't know if there was something more I wasn't seeing. In fact, I'm thrilled, because I can do what I did for dd1, and that was to afterschool her with projects at home, some of which were direct extensions of the class lessons, others were science projects, all of it was pretty fun stuff.
 
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