Originally Posted by spottiew
i would think it's easier to add time than to take it back...
I don't think so... b/c of what Tigerchild said above. Full-time kindergarten slots tend to be harder to come by, so I guess if it was me, I would grab one and then switch to half-day if it wasn't working out. I'm sure there would be a half-day K kid who would love to go full-day and take my kid's spot once it became available, yk?
Anyhow, for us, I posted the other day that full-day was the only option here but I do know that while half-day isn't technically offered, I could have picked my DS up around noon if it was really an issue. The thing is, not only did he do fine with the long day (they offered a nap/rest time, but he never actually slept) but if I only let him attend for mornings, he would have missed out on lunch, recess, library, art, PE, computer lab, and sciences experiments (and anything else that was generally done in the afternoons).
He loved all that stuff, more so than the morning portion b/c he was very advanced compared to most of his peers. If he hadn't had two great teachers who found ways to keep him challenged, I would have kept him home except that he really did enjoy all the "extras". I don't know about anyone else, but I think the PE, art, music, etc., stuff is great for my kid, because while we do do fun things at home, it's certainly doesn't compare to what they did at school.
Again, I really think it depends on the kiddo. I have one in pre-k this year who will be off to full-day kindergarten in the fall. He may be entirely different than my older DS, so I'll just take it one day at a time and see how he does.