Is 2 years of Kindy becoming the norm?
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|Wed, 12-14-2011 - 12:37pm|
I'm seeing such an interesting trend happening at our school. I wonder if it's happening elsewhere?
When DD (2nd grade) was in Kindy, there were 4 K classes and all but 2 children were in full day class. By the end of the year, even one of those two kids had switched to full day.
Last year when DS was in K there were 3 K classes and a few kids did part day, but most did full day.
This year there are 2 full day K classrooms and 1 part day classroom because so many kids are doing part day. I wonder if this is partially because of the economy - it costs $300 per month for full day Kindy, where part day is free.
But...another thing I've noticed is that 6 kids in DS's class, including him, are repeating Kindy not because of academics, but because their parents wanted and/or planned for them to do 2 years of Kindy.
I look at how popular "red shirting" has become and wonder... Are parents realizing that their kids really do need Kindy at 5 years old so, instead of holding them out until they're 6, they're just having them do 2 years of it? Or maybe because of the economy they don't want to pay for another year of preschool, so they're going the free route of 1/2 day Kindergarten, then plan to do a 2nd year of Kindy.
I don't really know what the answer is, but it really seems to be a trend here. Anyone else seeing this? Do you think it's a financial thing, or are parents realizing that their kids do need more academic challenge / stimulation at 5 instead of starting school at 6?