Ok. I am really conflicted.
I have always believed that children needed to be allowed to be kids longer than they are today. I think making little ones sit in a desk all day is just wrong. BUT all of my family except my mother are mainstream types who know nothing other than public school standards and tehcniques. I only discovered Waldorf style education a couple years ago when my kids were all past the fun preschool stuff ;) So I have been homeschooling in a mainstream semi-unschool kind of way.
My 8yo son is very spirited, creative, and energetic. He picks up and retains knowledge about things he is interested in very well. He has an amazing vocabulary and can express himself well. He has just never been able to focus on a normal school lesson. I don't blame him! So each year I get out the school books and the trusty Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons book and give it a try. When it does not work and we are both frustrated I have dropped it for a few months and tried again. Poor kid.
I am sick and tired of torturing my son with something that frustrates both of us and is obviously not working. This year I am using a Waldorf inspired curriculum with my 11yo dd. I am not sure I can afford two different grades (I am using earth schooling, and no I can't afford the lifetime membership). I am feeling like I need a plan though. I am trying to find out how reading is taught in Waldorf but all the information I find seems rather vague. I feel like I am looking for a black and white answer in a water color world KWIM?
I sort of feel like I have been pressuring my son and maybe I should just go back to sqaure one with him and hope he heals and forgets the forced lessons. Get him out in nature, tell stories and ease into it. On the other hand he is 8 and even in Waldorf terms I think he is "behind". But then again I have the family members commenting "he still can't read?!?!?!?!". It is like our dirty little secret.
I would appreciate any insight, links, and suggestions you might have.