Hello there, School Applications are due at the end of January & so I am looking for help making the decision to keep my son in Montessori or move to kindergarten next fall. Really, I am struggling to make the decision. He is a very social & lively 4 1/2 yrs old & is currently in his second year of private Montessori ( in the next town)where he attends a full day class from 9am-3:30 pm. Academically he is doing well. There is no doubt that he has been exposed to an outstanding curriculum, and concepts in learning far beyond my expectation. We love the focus on teaching the children about the world, their part & connection to it, peaceful conflict resolution, and the beautiful, tactile "works" that he is exposed to. Mostly, he is happy, well behaved & works independently at school. When he has behavior issues they are almost always regarding play issues...ie; disrupting others/circle time, etc...because he wants to play. What we do not like & are concerned about the Montessori classroom environment /education is that it feels overly sedate, controlled, & just plain not enough fun & enough playtime. Afterschool & on weekends he is always, always, always!!! looking for me to set up playdates & hardly ever wants to play alone. It is very challenging to arrange especially because he does not know many children from our neighborhood and bc the commute from school gets us home at 4:15 pm...not leaving much daylight time. Also, I think bc he has been in such a structured environment all day, he comes home a bit stressed & is not interested in any "organized" after school activities, where he might meet more local friends. My dilemma is this: Do I send him to local full day public kindergarten or stay in Montessori for the 3rd year( which complete's the Children's House cycle)? I have seriously thought about reducing him to 1/2 day Montessori....so he can have more play/more outside social time. If I do leave Montessori, I am just not sure about the curriculum in public kindergarten....and will his progress in MOntessori be lost bc he did not complete the full cycle...& cement the concepts learned. I have an appointment with the potential Kindergarten teacher on Mon...are there any things I should think to ask? Your help & sage advice is greatly appreciated. My head is spinning with this!