Full Day Kindergarteners Thrive

Butte Creek kindergarten students take a break from full day Kindergarten for a quick photo!

Butte Creek kindergarten students take a break from full day Kindergarten for a quick photo!

The district-wide full day kindergarten program has been in high gear since September 2015 and already the results are impressive.

Kindergarteners now enjoy an extra two and a quarter hours of class time. This means more time to focus on ABCs and 1,2,3’s, but also allows for unstructured play, art and exploration.

Teachers are seeing a huge difference.

“The kids are able to do twice as much as they were doing in half day kindergarten,” said Butte Creek kindergarten teacher Sherry Thomson. “We’re seeing incredible progress in both learning and social skills. Students have more time to make friends and be with each other.”

According to Linda Myers, SFSD’s curriculum director, kindergarten students attending full-day sessions scored an average of 60 points higher on the STAR Early Literacy assessment compared to half-day students at this time last year. These results indicate that more than 53 percent of the current kindergarteners are on track to begin reading by the end of the school year.

Myers also noted that almost all of the district’s kindergarteners started the school year well prepared – knowing letter sounds, number sounds and triple word recognition. Myers credits parents for this achievement.

“Education is really important to our parents. We can’t thank them enough,” said Myers.