I am wondering if anybody has ever tried pasting together two 1/2 day Kindergarten programs to make 1 full-day Kindergarten, and if so, did it work?
My 5 yo enters Kindergarten in the Fall. Her sister goes to the local public school and LOVES!! it, so little sis is very eager to go there too. The problem is, they only offer 1/2 day kindergarten which actually means 2 1/2 hours. As a working single mom (absent father) this is, to put it mildly, a real hassle.
I am considering the option of enrolling little sis in the public school for a.m. , picking her up for lunch, then another 1/2 day possibly at a Montessori school or maybe at a University Laboratory Kindergarten.
I'm pretty sure the curriculum in the two schools would be different enough so her day wouldn't be redundant. I should mention that little sis is an extremely analytic, smart kid who can already read and add a little bit and likes doing "puzzles" in pre-k workbooks. I think she will probably thrive at school as long as they give her interesting things to do.
Would this kind of schedule drive her/me nuts? Would it be any better/worse than sending her to regular daycare? Would it be better to just bite the bullet and pay for a full-day private program so she doesn't have to cope with two different classrooms?
Thanks for any insights!