URGH!! I'm so torn =(
DD1 turned 5 in June. She attends a private christian school which I just LOVE! Good academically but VERY nurturing and loving.
She is ready for K, but because they only offer 5 FULL days we weren't ready to let her "go into the system" so we decided to ease her into it at 5 afternoons. I work 3 days a week from 11-6 and I wanted to spend the majority of my 2 days off with her still AND my mornings. Our home public school offers ams only.
We talked to the PreK director and she said DD1 would be find either way. Academics wouldn't be a problem b/c the montessori curriculum would still challenge her at her level. Plus, we figured, moving forward she'd be a little more mature and bigger AND we want her (and us) to enjoy being a kid for another year. (they grow and MATURE so fast now, it seems!)
Now I'm just not sure we made the right choice because if we can't afford to send her to private school moving forward (she's got a sibling to consider, financially) will she be bored in public school in K-8 in the years to follow. As it is, for her age, she is very well rounded socially and academically.