Half or Full-Day Kindergarten. Which is Best?

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An anonymous mom asks a really important question. Regarding kindergarten, which is better, a half-day, where kids get less instruction but still have more family time, or a full-day, where your 4 1/2, 5 or 6 year old, spends approximately six hours a day in a structured learning environment? My kid is in a full day program, but I'll admit, he's a bit tired at 3PM (until that second-wind washes over him) and sometimes I wonder if he checks out at some point during the day.

It seems CM moms are split. Some of you like BabyBugsmama say full-day, "Unless you plan on teaching her things like how to spell her FULL name, her address, phone number, letters and how to identify them, how to count up to 100 by 1s 2s 5s & 10s." Others like milfalicious08 feel that a half-day works just fine. "My daughters school doesn't give us an option, it's just half day, and she does very well. She can spell her full name, she knows not only our phone number, but my mom's as well. She can count in English and in Spanish, and she's also learning some sign language, and she's only there for 4 hours out of the day," she says. What kind of kindergarten program works best for you and your budding scholar?

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