I am just starting to explore Waldorf education as a possibility for my 3-year old. One question that I have not been able to figure out in my preliminary readings is related to Waldorf kindergartens being modeled around home routines and environments. When I ask parents about the benefits of Waldorf kindergarden, I have often heard parents' appreciation for a home-like environment.
I guess I am trying to figure out why Waldorf parents send there young children to school if the ideal is a home environment? If the school is designed to replicate the home, would be be better to keep my daughter at home? I see there is a sightly different approach from 7-14 years, but what about under 7 years? Is home best? or I wonder what benefits does a Waldorf kindergarden offer that home does not?
I really appreciate any ideas from people who have experience both sending young children to Waldorf kindergartens, as well as keeping them at home as part of a home environment.