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<p>I just wanted to put this out there- DD1 has benefitted SO much from full day public kindy.  She did 2 yrs of preschool in integrated classrooms and started full day kindy in a class with 8 SN kids (they integrate for gym, lunch, recess, music, etc) this year.  Her speech suddenly started taking off immediately.  She has a rare chromosome disorder and very significant sppech delay.  We've always signed, done therapy, playgroup, etc, but the minute she was in the full day kindy I saw her come home and hold "conversations" with her toys and she's learned so much. </p>
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<p>Anyway.  It was tough to think of her ever being away from home until 3:30 but in her case, it's made a difference like nothing else has.  I just wonder whether to do another year of kindy or move her up to 1st grade next year....</p>
 

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<p>That's great!  Yay  for DD!!!  My DS is in his first year of preschool, he was recently moved from the large, integrated class into a smaller SN class and the results have been wonderful.  He's still not talking with his voice, but I see him mouthing more words and the teachers and aides report that his stress level has been decimated due to the slower pace, and that he's way more interactive with the children in the classroom.  Earlier this week he commented (used his word for "Look!") when a fellow classmate drove into the parking lot---he'd never commented on any other student in the school, so it's definitely a good move.  We haven't been offered full days, I can't say I wouldn't take them up on 1-2 per week <span><img alt="Sheepish.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Sheepish.gif"></span></p>
 
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