Full Day Kindergarten – On A.I.R. Interviews Kindergarten Teachers at Clark School

 

Full Day Kindergarten Interview with Kindergarten Teachers:

Jennifer Marcella, Joanna Bacon, Amanda Benson, Kirsten Quinn, Donna Niland, and Brittney Doyle

Maddie

Welcome to On A.I.R.

Heather

That’s Amherst Investigative Reporters.

Julia Daniel

We are independent producers for SAU39’s Digital Magazine called:

Everyone

(Everyone puts up their index finger and YELLS)

“One School Street!”

Maddie

(to the camera)

Last year, Principal Gerry St. Amand, Superintendent Peter Warburton, and other school administrators were successful in supplying full day kindergarten with no impact to the school budget.  The goal was equitable education for all.

Heather

We are talking with Clark/Wilkins Full Day Kindergarten teachers for SAU39 in Amherst, N.H.  Could you all please introduce yourselves, and tell us a little bit about why you chose to become a teacher?

Teachers

(Each teacher will introduce themselves)

Julia Daniel

We’d like to thank you all for being here today.  In the past, Clark/Wilkins offered half day kindergarten for the children of Amherst.  A few years ago, preschool was added to Clark/Wilkins School with fabulous results.  This past year was the first year Clark/Wilkins offered Full Day kindergarten!  We have a few questions regarding the success of Full Day Kindergarten!

Maddie

We’ve heard at the last Amherst School Board meeting that there has been a substantial uptick in the number of children registered for full day kindergarten.  Could you please tell us how many children are in full day kindergarten?

Teacher

(Responds)

Heather

We know that smooth transitions for children are a vital component to successful academics and social/emotional positive outcomes.  In the past, children were transitioning from other schools in the morning, then transitioning to Clark, and also transitioning yet again to another school in the afternoon. How has just the one transition helped the children?

Teacher

(Responds)

Julia Dowd

We understand that academic and social expectations for kindergarten students has risen so much over that past twenty years, and Kindergarten is considered the new first grade.  How does the additional time help with these expectations?

Teacher

(Responds)

Jenna

Before Full Day Kindergarten was implemented, teachers had to set up the entire classroom for 20 children for the morning session, and then take that all down, and set up a different classroom for the afternoon children.  That sounds exhausting!  How has full day helped with that problem?

Teacher

(Responds)

Mishka

We understand that early childhood education is vital to children learning how to communicate, socialize, and to learn the basics for a successful first grade experience.  How does full day help with those components?

Teacher

(Responds)

Katie

We know that early intervention is crucial to children getting the right resources and supports as early as possible so that any issues can be addressed with better outcomes.  Have you found that you are able to spend more quality time interacting with the children?

Nathanael

Play is the cornerstone of learning for children at these young ages.  What types of play activities, or Dramatic Play do the teachers provide?

Julia Dowd

Do you find that without all the added stresses from transitions and a heavy workload that the children have more time to work on interpersonal skills, like social skills, communication skills, and self-advocating?

Jenna

Could you explain the Math, science, reading, and writing curriculum for Kindergarten?  What does that look like?

Mishka

Creativity and imagination are so important for cognitive development.  What types of activities do the children engage in that support creativity and imagination?

Katie

It’s important that teachers receive support and caring from their community.  What do you like best about full –day kindergarten, and what fulfills you as a kindergarten teacher?

Nathanael

When we think about outcomes, the best indicator of success is happiness.  Can you expound on happy experiences happening in full-day kindergarten.

Maddie

Well that wraps up this interview, and on behalf of On A.I.R….

Heather

That’s Amherst Investigative Reporters

Julia Daniel

We’d like to thank you all for participating with

Everyone

(Everyone puts up their index finger and YELLS)

“One School Street!”

On-A.I.R.- Full Day Kindgergarten