My son will be in kindergarten next year. We're moving to a town with FT kindergarten (35 hours a week), and I am so stressed out about the situation. I really need some creative ideas or insights...
Even though my DS is very smart and would enjoy some kindergarten, he's also very sensitive and wants me around unless he's somewhere very familiar. I know that he will be miserable for the first few weeks or months, and I don't think that's right. I'm doing a lot of mourning for myself (the close relationship that we'll be losing), but also I think this is not best for him. He'll be 5 - seriously, isn't 20 hours a week enough?
This new town puts loads of money into schools, but has very few stay-at-home moms or even parents that work PT to be with their kids. And it's not a poor town, so I'm assuming the priorities are just a lot different here. There are no private schools, and I don't think there are any home-schoolers. I think they like kids here, but think they're better off spending less time with mom.
When I visited the two kindergartens in the new town, one principal said that he probably wouldn't let a kid go PT. The other principal said it would be my choice to put him in PT, but then he would just come for the morning academics and would miss all the fun classes like library and PE, and that I would be cheating my DS... and also that my DS would be the only child doing PT at school and that would cause some social issues. I asked if my DS could come for the fun afternoon and I could just catch him up at home on the academics, and the principal said "why would you do that at home, when he could be in school instead?"
Please help - I'm losing a lot of sleep here.