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Homeschool start up ceremony

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
My DS is 5. We have been in a preschool Waldorf group for a couple of years now. It has evolved to include a homeschool co-op now. In a couple of weeks we are going to have a ceremony for the start of school. We are to do something or give something that signifies the teacher student relationship. I'm fishing for ideas here. We don't completely Waldorf at home. We use some Montessori and some child - led life learning. He's quite an active physical boy. Loves to climb. Is into space. Loves animals. Any ideas?
post #2 of 9

How about some supplies.  There was a thread earlier about a mom filling up a backpack for her child--she was going to give it to him/her on the first day of homeschool.  Perhaps, instead of standard supplies, you could have a book about local nature (field guide to birds, bugs, etc) and a nature journal. 

 

Amy

post #3 of 9

For me homeschooling isn't about changing the parent-child relationship into a teacher-student relationship, it's about freedom to learn and live outside a school-like model, and flexibility. So in your situation I would give gifts of vouchers, passes or cards that emphasize the freedom and flexibility: a pool pass, a library card, ice cream vouchers, gift certificate for zoo admission, that sort of thing. 

 

Miranda

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
These are good ideas. I was thinking of something maybe more symbolic. I wish I had a pocket knife to hand down to him or something. I'm looking for something he would still have when he's older and can pass on. Hmm maybe a nice edition of Little House...
post #5 of 9
Are you thinking of something like the German practice of a schultute?
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Are you thinking of something like the German practice of a schultute?

Thanks for the link, heket! What a neat custom!

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I knew there was a custom somewhere. It's hard when going to school is the topic at story time and that big yellow bus goes by. I feel like some sort of coming of age ceremony should happen around 5. He just lost a tooth.
post #8 of 9

I had never thought of a ceremony or anything like this; but I really like the idea; something to mark the milestone of being "school-age" especially since peers will be going off to class, and my son won't be going to school, we'll be homeschooling.

post #9 of 9

just to say, yk, in waldorf its 7 not 5 that is significant. Not that you shouldn't do 5 at all. For us 7 has always been a much bigger deal because it starts to become possible to give them a lot more freedom. Also, I wouldn't give a 5 year old a knife but in our family the kids get a good carving knife at age 7.

 

Also, for each of mine, when they left their Waldorf kindergarten they each got a small Osteheimer animal which they tend to carry around when they need extra support. It was the animal I thought was right for them then. So dd1 whose name has some mythological association with cats got a cat. Etc.

 

I'm always quite anti big beginnings to HS becuase I think its something you have to find your way in, you can't plan til you've been doing it a while. Even now for me, 5 years in, its still more unexpected than not. So I'd go small and symbolic.

 

Oh the only other thing might be specifically outdoors stuff. At age 5 ds had a ceramic firebowl which he loved.

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