Thank you for starting this group, Catholic Mama.
My DH and I have been tv-free in the home for almost a decade, and decided to raise our 2-year old this way for as long as we can to promote his creative and critical thinking development, and also to encourage us to be more creative as parents and adults since we had both been quite attached to tv's in the past.
I recently started researching Waldorf education and was thrilled to learn that they promote media-free learning for the first 2 stages, I believe up to around teen years??? We are in NYC, and close to a VERY exclusive-seeming Waldorf school where I don't believe the families adhere to this completely, though I am hoping to investigate the school in Brooklyn. Nevertheless, I believe that we are fostering a Montessori-Waldorf type environment in our home with the toys, books, and natural lifestyle. I'm actually thinking to home pre-school him, and wish that I could find like-minded families in our 'hood so that we could develop a small coop school. Difficult in the UES...
I'm fortunate that my MIL in Germany is a former teacher and she somehow either fully supports my style of parenting and/or teaches me so much more with her choice of toys and items to present to our son which keep him engaged for hours.
We were going to slowly introduce him to German DVDs on our laptops when he turned 2, but we are a bit hesitant to start this as we don't want him to get hooked.
It's been a little difficult these last few months in the winter with the crap weather, but now that spring is here, we have Central Park, a gazillion museums, and zoos all around to keep him occupied outside the home.
He would LOVE Habitat for Humanity if they had a tot version! For the moment the volunteers in the park have been great by lending him shovels to get the snow!