As a mother of three children that attended morning kindergarten classes, I would be willing to argue with anyone that children at that age will benefit from all-day kindergarten. When my 5-year-old children arrived home after their morning sessions, they had lunch and spent at least 2-3 hours napping. Then, after dinner, would be back in bed by 8 p.m. at the latest.
I cannot believe that anyone that lives with young children can be excited about a 5-year-old going to school from 8:35 a.m. until 3:35 p.m. In the first place, kindergarten should not be about language, arts, math and social studies — it should be about learning how to get along and play with other children.
What is constructive play? Explain this to a child.
I am sure that these decisions are being made because of economic reasons. How sad that these children will be cheated out of their childhood.
Oh well, these children are only our future. I am sure that a 5-year-old that is exhausted will irritate many people — I hope so.
P.S.: Parents, you should be protesting these decisions about your children.
— Linda Wiltse, Spring Lake