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post #1 of 10
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We're a year away from DD going to school(where the heck has time gone?!), anyways... I was just wondering what type of schooling you all choose for your LO's and why :)

I'm pretty certain we're going the Waldorf route, just at a Charter school.. DH isn't 100% on board with private Waldorf(at the charter they'd have to have a little more educational focus as well, since they do get state tested) and well, tuition is insane. But overall, the Waldorf route is the way we think would fit for us :)

post #2 of 10

We choose Montessori. The theory and the practice aligned with our beliefs about child development. We liked the child-led approach, the respect for individual children's abilities, the multi-age classrooms, the carefully developed materials and equipment, the nurturing of independence and capabilities, and the way mutual harmony was encouraged between the children in the class. I can expand on any of these things and there are  many other things we liked, but that list is a good start to give you an idea of why we chose it. 

 

It's great that you have a school that fits your own family. You may find you get a few more replies if you cross-post in the Learning at School forum. 

post #3 of 10

You should spend time in the education forums which has an active Waldorf board. We have some friends at a public charter Waldorf and they are very happy with it.

post #4 of 10

We chose public charter as well. DC has been to two. Both small schools with independent curriculum - one with a parent cooperative model and the other with an experiential education model. We're off on the search for charter middle schools in the fall. What an adventure! 

post #5 of 10

Neighborhood public schools. One DD did Spanish immersion K-5, and the other DD is still in Spanish immersion, and we like it a lot.
 

post #6 of 10

We're going to home school. Probably just mostly child led stuff (like unschooling) for at least a couple years. Then maybe get some sort of curriculum in if I feel the need to have somewhat more structure. (or more like if DH feels like we need more structure.) He's not totally on board with unschooling, but he doesn't feel pre-k or K needs curriculum either. Just take it day by day I guess.
 

post #7 of 10
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We choose Montessori. The theory and the practice aligned with our beliefs about child development. We liked the child-led approach, the respect for individual children's abilities, the multi-age classrooms, the carefully developed materials and equipment, the nurturing of independence and capabilities, and the way mutual harmony was encouraged between the children in the class. I can expand on any of these things and there are  many other things we liked, but that list is a good start to give you an idea of why we chose it. 

 

It's great that you have a school that fits your own family. You may find you get a few more replies if you cross-post in the Learning at School forum. 

We're going with a Montessori charter for all the reasons you mentioned. DS1 is particularly independent and I think will do well in a child-led classroom, plus I LOVE the multi-age classroom. I'm still agonizing about sending him instead to the Spanish immersion school (which we probably couldn't get into anyway, and is like 45 minutes away, but what an opportunity!) or to our local charter, which is arts-based. There is no 100% perfect school for us, unless my retired teacher mother decides to set up a project-based curriculum for homeschooling (she's still active in education; just got back from a week-long technology in education program and is very excited about it!). But I have to admit, the thought of homeschooling, while exciting, also makes me feel very, very tired.

post #8 of 10

i did not have a choice.

 

i wanted to either hs, sudbury or do waldorf.

 

well ex was completely against hs and sudbury, plus i was working too.

 

and the public waldorf was too far away that ex refused to drive to. at K i didnt think it was worth it to put dd in a school that was an hour and a half away. 

 

so dd ended up going to public. was it the best choice? no. was it adequate - yes.

 

seeing dd's personality of an co-op unschooler i dont think any education option would have really worked for her.  

 

she is the kind of child who i think will only enjoy education once she gets to college. 

post #9 of 10
My kids are in high school and we've done different thing at different times.

We started as unschoolers. I read all the books, went to conferences, and totally loved the idea. It was a bust. My kids just fought with each other.

We morphed into relaxed home schoolers with a general scheduale and gentle curriculum. My kids were happy and learned, and that worked for several years.

Eventually, homeschooling stopped working for us for a variety of reasons including social isolation, burnout, and one of my kids not progressing no matter what we tried.

So our kids attended a traditional public school. ( they started when they were 10 and 12, and went for 2 years). It's a great school, well funded with a caring staff. One kid thrived and one did not, but I'm glad we all had that experience. Both kids learned a lot, academically, socially, and about themselves.

So we switched to a private progressive school, ironically founded by people who were influenced by the same writers I was back during our unschooling phase. ( this coming school year will be their 3rd year there). There is a really nice balance of structure and freedom, an art center that is always open, a green house, an animal center etc and classes ranging from anthopology to Latin.

Everything has pros and cons. My signature is about school options. My advice for parents of younger kids is to not be afraid to try things, give them enough time to play out (at least several months) and make changes if you need to.
post #10 of 10

I've always been interested in Waldorf and tried to bring many of the core principles into my home. However, we live quite rurally, no Waldorf schools nearby, and the benefits of living out here outweigh the drawbacks of poor schooling options. The local public school is pretty bad, not dangerous or uncaring or anything, just really run down and outdated, underfunded I'm sure. The only schooling options are public school or one religious school which doesn't appeal to us, so homeschooling is our only good option. And there's a very vibrant homeschooling community here. I'd say a good 1/4 or more of all kids in the area are homeschooled in some way, so it all works out.

 

We're unschooling for the moment, but I love bringing elements of everything else in as well, to keep things interesting. I like bringing in Free School/Democratic School, Waldorf and Montessori ideals and principles as much as I can. And I do keep traditional homeschooling materials around, just as another tool/medium for learning, there if they want it. If unschooling isn't working as well in a few years, we'll try something different. I'm more committed to the parenting ideals of whole life unschooling (respecting my children, being a partner rather than a gatekeeper, freedom rather than license, following their interests and passions, living consensually and peacefully) than I am to the actual idea of educational unschooling.

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