I'm thinking of putting my 4yr old (born in July 06) into a full time junior kindergarten. I have a 5mo old baby and he is a terrible sleeper so I'm extremely exhausted. I tried 2.5hour preschools for my 4yr old and it was too hard for me with a baby. My 4yr old is very active and won't play by herself. She ends up watching a lot of Tvs if I stay at home. The problem is that this full time kindergarten is not public and 5 day a week program costs $1200/mo with $200 registration fees and $150 for uniforms. They have core classes such as math, reading, writing and fine arts such as drama, visual arts, music, and yoga and physical education, etc. They have a chef on site who prepares breakfast, lunch and snack. The school runs from 7:45 to 5:00. It is a essentially day care but has more structured programs. I can choose to send my kids 2 or three times or 5 times a week. It's called cefa. Its developed by a former school teacher in Canada.
Would you spend this much money for 4yrs old? I think my daughter will like it if she goes 2 to 3 times a week. I don't know if she can handle all day 5 days a week though. I'm also concerned if she might get bored in a public kindergarten next year if she learns so much ahead.
But then there is a 10-4pm all day montessori program as well, which is $800/mo, which is more affordable. Any advice? Thanks.