Last winter, when my husband and I were touring Seattle's public schools, we were surprised to learn that, while 1/2-day Kindergarten was an option, full-day K was strongly encouraged.
"They miss so much school if they leave at lunch time," said the Kindergarten teacher who will, coincidentally, be our son's.
Why full day? My husband and I asked ourselves. It's just Kindergarten.
We seriously considered picking him up at 11ish, at least for the first few months, so he could ease into Big-School life.
But the pressure was astounding: Everyone else is doing full day. He'll be set apart, different, if we choose to pull him out after a mere two hours of school. He'll miss all the fun stuff. The music and art. He'll want to stay with his friends. He's been home for five years; he's ready.
So we capitulated. Starting Wednesday, in 60 hours from now, he'll be in school five days a week, six hours a day. I fear the emotional toll this adjustment will take. And I'm hoping beyond hope that we're doing the right thing.
What do you think? Is full-day Kindergarten too much for a five-year-old? Or just right?