MOUNT VERNON — The implementation of all-day every-day kindergarten classes was the major topic discussed when the Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education met in a special work session June 6, and the board is giving serious consideration to making the schedule change at the start of the 2013-14 school year
The district initiated an all-day every-other-day kindergarten schedule at the start of second semester this school year, and a parent survey at the end of May indicated that most children adapted well to the change from five half-days a week. The majority of parents of the 155 responding to the survey also said they would prefer a five-day all-day option over the traditional five half-day schedule, in-coming superintendent Bill Seder told the News.
Recapping a power point presentation given for the board, Seder said research shows that full-day kindergarten provides an essential bridge between pre-kindergarten programs and more structured learning in first grade. Children in full-day kindergarten classes, he said, show greater reading and mathematics gains than those in half-day classes, benefit socially, emotionally and intellectually and do better in a setting that allows them to learn and explore activities in depth. The educational gains are long-term, especially for low-income and minority students, Seder said, and in full-day kindergarten classrooms, teachers have more time to get to know pupils and identify and address their learning challenges early. Therefore, Seder said, teachers also prefer the all-day five-day schedule.
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