First off, there is so much that I love about Waldorf education. It echoes many things that we've been doing at home for some time and I think DS is going to be very happy there (Kindergarten).
I do have a couple concerns that I'm wondering if some of you more experienced moms could address:
1. There is something very...serious...about the Waldorf classroom. Before we moved here DS was in a preschool program (which incorporated many Waldorf ideas) that just seemed so much more...joyous. There was a lot of laughing, hugging, squealing, etc. There is an aloofness to our Waldorf classroom. DS is a typical rambunctious boy. He can be serious and has a great attention span, but he also likes to be silly, wild, and loud at times. I wonder how this will be received in the Waldorf classroom.
2. I see a lack of "manly" male role models in the Waldorf community. Don't get me wrong, I am generally very unconcerned with gender and gender stereotypes (my DS asked for a calico dress this year for Christmas after reading Little House on the Prairie, lol). DH, while athletic, is not particularly into sports and would much more likely be found at a book reading than a hockey game. Regardless, I wonder how it would be for a boy growing up in the community. At the school wide festivals I've been to, I see a lot of women. I see a few artistic, bookish, thin men. I would prefer to expose my children to a wide variety of positive adult role models so that they may find someone to relate to regardless of who they decide to become. Is this just my school? Or do you think these are just the people Waldorf attracts?