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Students adapting well to full-day kindergarten

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 16:17 PM

Under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), kindergartners will begin to develop the English language arts and mathematics skills they will come to rely on throughout their academic careers. Learning how to print upper- and lowercase letters, using frequently occurring prepositions, understanding addition and subtraction, and knowing how to identify shapes will all be covered in kindergarten, according to the CCSS' website.

In order to help teachers adequately prepare their students under the Common Core, many school districts now offer full-day kindergarten. For instance, F.M. Kearns Primary School, a part of Connecticut's Granby Public Schools, has made the transition to full-day kindergarten. According to The Granby News, pupils are doing a good job of following the new schedule. Alan Addley, Kearns' superintendent, told the news source that kindergartners are now in school for six and a half hours each day.

"So often, teachers are trying to cram lessons into two and a half to three hours," Kim Dessert, Kearns' principal, told the news outlet.

This is no longer the case, as the additional hours provide children with more time to absorb and practice what they are being taught, as well as advance their motor skills.