I just received information in my school mailbox about Jacob enrolling in kindergarten for the fall. I can tear up just thinking about sending our first born off to kindergarten. I can't believe he is ready to start his academic adventure for the next 20+ years of his life. It blows my mind that our family schedule will soon be filled with field trips, conferences, concerts, and sporting events. I have been looking forward to this since he was first born, but now that we are just around the corner, I am so sad to let him out into the "wild" to learn how to navigate learning, friendships, and other things. I can't be right next to him whispering all the "right" choices.
As I am reading through the registration paperwork, I need to check if he will be half-day everyday or full-day everyday. As a teacher in the school he will attend, I would love for him to be at school all day, so I can pop in and see him, so we can ride to and from school together, and I could hopefully sit and eat an occasional lunch with him- especially on mashed potatoes and turkey gravy day- YUM!
We will be choosing half-day, but really only because of the cost. It's over $3,000.00 to send him full day- ouch! I don't see how people can afford that, especially if you are already paying for childcare for your other children.
However, I wanted to see if there was any clear evidence of full day being better than half day, but I wasn't able to come up with any clear answers. I did come across a helpful and informational website that I thought I would pass along just in case any of you are in the same boat right now.
I would love to hear from parents on both sides of the issue, what do you know, what was your experience, would you do it again???