Lewiston’s all-day kindergarten leading to big gains
Students in Tina Greene’s kindergarten class are almost one full quarter ahead of schedule in their reading and writing thanks to the launch of the Lewiston School District’s allday kindergarten program.
Other kindergarten teachers have also shared with Greene they’re further along than they were last year with the half-day program.
“Overall, it’s all gone really, really well,” Greene told The Lewiston Tribune. “Now we have time to teach in depth and make sure they are understanding what’s being taught before going on to the next lesson. We’re truly teaching those lessons.”
The additional time has allowed more opportunities for art, games, hands-on learning and working on the social-emotional skills teachers say are vital to success in the school system.
About 340 kids are registered in the kindergarten program.
Since Idaho only funds halfday kindergarten, the district had to spend about $350,000 to expand to a full-day program.
This year, about five of Greene’s students came in not prepared. Some lacked fine motor skills or didn’t know how to function in a group of peers.
About half of the students in her class went to preschool beforehand.
Those students are easy to pinpoint, Greene said, because they have a better idea of what school is and the expectations placed on them. They’re also further along academically.