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All Day Kindergarten in OUSD
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All Day Kindergarten in OUSD
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I have heard from multiple sources that the Oakland Unified
school district is seriously considering lengthening the school
day for kindergarten in the fall-- in response to stressed out
teachers that can't fit all they need/want to teach into a few
hours, research stating that a longer day is a huge benefit to
kids, the district wanting to bring back familes that have opted
for private school, and other various reasons. But...when I call
the district or our local school to find out, no one really
seems to know what's going on, or bothers to return my call.
Does anyone out there know about this, or how I can show my
support for it? Thanks in advance.
I've heard that OUSD is going to all day K in Fall. Does anyone
know about this for certain? What are the pros and cons of all
day K? What about teacher workload issues?? Thanks!
My understanding is that the OUSD is starting all day
kindergarten in certain schools starting in Sept. 05. I have a
son entering kindergarten at Joaquin Miller, which will have the
new schedule. All day kindergarten will be adopted by schools
this year where there is space available for extra classroom(s).
Some schools currently have AM and PM kindergarten classes that
share a classroom. Unless an extra classroom can be found to
accommodate the new schedule, these schools will be given a year
to arrange for a new space and will retain their current
kindergarten schedule for the upcoming school year. Bottom
check with your local elementary school!
My son is entering Kindergarten next Fall at Crocker. I also
just found out they are doing the long day. I am excited about
it. I am a tiny bit worried that it will be a long week for
him, but I think the benefits will outway that. Before, the
hours were even shorter than his preschool...I had had a big
concern with the short day that there was such little time for
creative, enrichment and free play...it was all about the
ciriculum, which in my opinion is not appropriate for what a
kid that age needs. I had talked to some teachers before it
was approved. They were hoping it would happen-they ! said they
asked for it to happen. They were very stressed with the short
day not having enough time to do with the kids what they wanted
to do. With more hours, they do not plan to add any more
cirriculum, but add all enrichment type stuff and more free
play and be able to go deeper with what they are learning.
They want the long day.
As for longer work day for the teachers, I'm not an expert, but
I believe that they are already contracted to stay until 3
anyway, so they won't necessarily have more hours to work. They
will have less prep time, but the teachers I talked to seemed
to rather have more time with kids than more prep time.
That's what I know.
The benefits of all-day vs. half-day kindergarten depend on the
program offered in each! My oldest daughter attended half-day
Peralta School in North Oakland, and I'm hoping that the program will
be half-day when my twins attend Kindergarten there in 2006. The
Peralta is especially rich because of its half-day structure. Both the
afternoon kindergarten teachers are in the classroom all day
supporting each other. During a significant portion of each day, the
divided into small groups, with each teacher supervising a group & a
experienced teacher's aide superviding a third group, resulting in an
ratio of 3 to 20, rather than 1 to 20 as it is in many full-day
the children are in class for less time than children in full-day
programs (approx. 45
minutes less when you take out time spent at lunch), the instruction
they get is of
higher quality because of the more direct contact they receive from
teachers as a
result of the lower adult-child ratio. The children receive enrichment
& playtime in
afterschool activities (either the on-site program or elsewhere). I
would be very
sorry to see a unique high-quality program like Peralta's eliminated in
conform to a standardized district model. Hopefully that won't happen
school building wasn't built to accomodate the extra classroom space
that would be
required for two all-day classes.
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