That sort of sums it up. LOL
DD1 has attended a wonderful community waldorf-ish preschool for three years now. The school is growing and they plan on encorporating as a "real live private school" next year, blending Waldorf and Sudbury philosophies and teaching k-5.
DD1 loves the school, we love the families, and it would be great to continue on with this community. However, the shift to "formal school" brings a big increase in tuition and time commitment (the community will move into a formal school building that is almost an hour away). And, perhaps more importantly, we plan on moving in about 3 years. After our move we would most likely have the kiddos in a public school for at least a year or two.
Has anyone moved their child (or themselves) from a Sudbury style school into a more traditional school and had it work out? DD1 would be in the 3rd or 4th grade if we moved "on schedule" and dd2 would be in 1st or 2nd. I'm guessing it wouldn't be as big an adjustment for dd2, but I'm worried that unless we did a lot of work at home to make sure dd1 was staying on target with the public school standards she'd have a really hard time moving between the two philosophies. I wouldn't want her to be both the "new kid" and the "kid who doesn't know how to do X that we all learned in 1st grade", you know?
(right now we homeschool dd1 while she attends a 2 day/week homeschooler enrichment program at this school... that homeschooler enrichment program will remain an option even after the program becomes an official private school. So we could send dd1 and, this coming year, dd2 for the 2 day/week thing and keep filing the NYS paperwork for homeschooling. But dd1 really wants to go full time and we may be expecting a baby in September so homeschooling this coming year may not be the best option.... argh! lol)
Anyway... any insight would be appreciated! Thanks all!