In your experience, for how many hours do young children typically attend preschool and kindergarten? What is a "normal" amount of time for kids to spend in a classroom in your own country, and what is considered "normal" in Taiwan?
My family is moving to Taiwan soon, and I was looking at I-Shou International School in Kaohsiung for my kids http://www.iskg.tw/ because I like the IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program http://www.ibo.org/pyp/) curriculum. I like that it's academically rigorous while encouraging individual growth and inquiry. However, this school expects preschool and kindergarten kids to be at school for around 8+ hours/day for 5 days/week. That seems excessive to me, since it doesn't really allow kids the freedom of being kids at a very young age. It seems like day care for two income families to put their kids into while mom & dad are at work, however daycare won't be necessary for us since my wife won't be working in Taiwan. Is that kind of schedule typical of preschools & kindergartens in Taiwan? Does anyone have any preschool/kindergarten recommendations for Kaohsiung? Thank you!