Lethbridge School District No. 51 excited to share that Galbraith Elementary, Park Meadows Elementary, Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary, École Agnes Davidson (one English and one French) and possibly Coalbanks Elementary (pending parent interest) will be participating in the District’s All Day Kindergarten Pilot for the upcoming 2019/2020 Kindergarten school year.
The All Day Kindergarten Pilot was initiated due to voiced parent interest and feedback. Many parents have shared their struggle with picking up their child mid-day to accommodate half-day kindergarten programming.
The All Day Kindergarten Pilot is a structure that two other schools in Lethbridge School District No. 51 have already been successfully offering. Rather than provide the current model of four half days a week (Monday through Thursday) the All Day Kindergarten Pilot schools will provide two full days of programming, either Monday and Wednesdays or Tuesday and Thursdays.
Both half-day Kindergarten and all-day Kindergarten have benefits. Both programs will provide the same amount of instructional time to students.
All Day Kindergarten can present fewer transitions for students (for example, School-Daycare-Home versus School-Home). Feedback from teachers who have a full-day Kindergarten program versus a half-day Kindergarten program indicate their students are more ready for Grade 1 due to the endurance building that naturally occurs in this scenario.
Teachers have shared there is more time to do a greater variety of activities and support greater independence versus large group activities and routine that may present more frequently in half-day programs. Because All Day Kindergarten is all day, teachers have also indicated students may have more opportunities for social development and learning through lunch and recess time that does not present in the same way in the half-day program.
The District will monitor and support our pilot schools as necessary, with the hopes this opportunity will be helpful for many of our families and most importantly, continue to support success and joy for our Kindergarten students in Lethbridge School District No. 51.