Help me decide what to do with my oldest. He will be 5.9 next Fall, and his sisters will be 4yrs and 9mo.
Full Day Kindy: 9am-3pm
Easy dropoff, Sister would go to preschool 8:45-11:30. (same building, 3 days/week)
He is definitely mentally & socially ready. Smart kid.
I have signed him up for FDK already, but can still change it back. The only reason I was waffling was due to mama-guilt, which I try to avoid. Since I won't be working, I could definitely keep him, and kids are only young once.
I will have two younger kids, and DS has lots of energy. Since he is my first, he does not do well with playing independently ... and so he will repeatedly ask me to play with him or play/fight with his sister. We have a fenced-in backyard and tons of windows on that side of the house, lots of ride-on toys and a treehouse/swingset, but he still wants company out there.
He LOVES and thrives at his current preschool. But it is only 2.5 hr/day for 4 days/week.
He will be hurt when I take the girls places without him. Being in school all-day, he will def. miss out on some fun activities or play dates.
Teachers say FDK is better, since they aren't trying to cram SO much learning into 2.5 hours. They do have time for art/music/recess.
Half-Day Kindy: 12:20-2:50
Sister would do PS 11:30-2 four days/week (different buildings, 1 mile apart)
Dropoff would be kind of a drag, having to kill time for a couple hours each day. I would basically have to run the dog in the nearby field or read books to the kids in the car while waiting.
The relaxed mornings would be awesome. However - there isn't time to get anything actually done (grocery shopping or gym) since there isn't THAT much time. It would just be leisurely time to get ready without stress.
He will likely drive me crazy, since he might be going crazy stuck at home most mornings. My sweet little laid-back baby turned four, and I learned why they are called the "eff-you fours"!
I would have my little man with me for one more year before the "school thing" starts.