It’s a Perk
One of the things that is unique about Pinnacle Classical Academy is that both Kindergarten and 1st grade only meet for a half day. I’ve always considered this one of the perks of the school. They seem to cram in more education than the average school in less time. As a stay-at-home mom, I have treasured the extra time with my children. When my daughter went to Kindergarten a couple years ago, we were all ready for her to have her own adventures outside of our house. But a half day was plenty. It continued to be plenty for her and our family in 1st grade as well. By 2nd grade, she was so excited to stay those two extra hours. So far I feel the same about my son now that he’s in Kindergarten this year. It’s just enough for him to have a world of his own and for him to learn a lot, but then he still has lots of time to be home and play and be a little kid.
There is one little complication to this lovely perk. Now that I have a daughter in 2nd grade and a son in Kindergarten, that means that one child is dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and one child is dismissed at 2:30 p.m. And the worst part is that my two-year-old generally takes a 2 1/2 hour nap right during pick ups. Can you see an issue here? I was really worried about it going into this year, but I have good news! It’s been FINE. In fact, I still see it as a perk!
The reality is that I am not the only parent with double pick-ups, which means we’ve been able to help each other out and take turns carpooling. I still have double pick-ups twice each week, but to be honest, it hasn’t been an issue. The naps are not always as long as they used to be, but my two-year-old has adjusted fine and on those days when I have to wake him up early, he just goes to bed early. After about a week of getting used to the new routine, it no longer seems like an issue to me. In fact I love helping drive my son’s classmate home because I get to hear them chat about their morning together. That is something I could never hear so well if my reserved son and my chatty daughter got out of school at the same time!
The Best Part
The best part about it is that I get a couple hours with my Kindergartener before my 2nd grader comes home. My 2nd grader got a lot of my attention when she was in Kindergarten, processing the fun new world she was a part of. Now she is a pro at school. But my Kindergartener is in the process of conquering new territory and I want to be a part of it. He LOVES school. He’s also 5 and he still loves to play with Mommy. Most days, he comes home from school, little brother takes a nap, and we get to play Foosball or some other game. It’s as if time stops in the world for about an hour and I get to be a part of his brave new world. I cherish the one-on-one time that I have with him and he seems to look forward to it, too. I love the half-day!