My 4-year-old has been "homeschooled" using Montessori methods and materials for the last 1.5 years. He will going to kindy next year and I'm looking at all possibilities. Our public school (which is a good one) is about 10 minutes away and only offers full-day kindy. I'm really worried about how ds would adjust as he's never been away from us even for a half day of preschool. I just feel it's too much. Plus, I know they do homework even for kindy.
There is a Montessori school 30 min. away, one way - so an hour round-trip. It offers half day kindy. I would have to drop off my ds, then find something to do in town for almost 3 hours with my younger ds. We are normally in town a few mornings per week anyway - we have a playgroup we can go to twice a week, plus we can go to the Y, the library, etc. during this time. I have been told that there are several families attending the school that do this already.
Is this crazy to even consider? I'm thinking ahead as well to when my older ds is in 2nd grade and my younger ds starts kindy. I'd pick up my younger ds and go home, but then we'd have to drive back 2 hours later....but the next year they'd both be in full-time.
Another thought to add is that I would be driving ds to the public school for at least the first year as I don't want him riding the bus at such a young age - even if he *does* ride the bus, the bus stop is 1/2 mile down our road, which he can't walk alone. By the time I get both boys to the school, drop off and drive back it will be close to 25-30 min. every day twice a day.
Any thoughts? Thanks