All kindergarten students in Michigan's Midland Public Schools are attending school for a full day this year, rather than a half-day schedule. School leaders and educators say the change will allow for deeper learning in math and reading and will help better prepare students for first grade. "Kindergarten is such a crucial time period (for learning basic skills)," Carpenter Street School principal Ben Cronkright said. "... And what we've found here at Carpenter is that the extra time has allowed us to cover the curriculum but also respect how the kindergarten mind works."

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