|" I have written about my own experiences throughout this web site, and my opinion is that any child before the change of teeth belongs at home with family. This time is to get to grow into oneself and outside influences & forces are usually negative on the developing child. The child needs to have a good solid foundation, a base from which to grow and the best thing you can do is to be with your child the first few years."|
So this is the sort of thing that i've been stumbling across in my reading lately and it's really been resonating with me. i'm also reading thru neufeld's (he's not a waldorfer, but he's a big proponent of homelearning) book Hold on to your kids, which pretty much says the same thing--young children (especially those 6 and under) need to be at home and need to have adult-oriented attachments, not the peer-oriented attachments that happen in schools.
The local Waldorf school has been really pushy, trying to get us to enroll ds from the age of 2!! So far, we've attended festivals and open houses, but havent actually locked into attending any of the regular programming. And now, because of some recent weirdness from a temporary kindercottage teacher, we've cancelled enrollment for september.
Anyways, i'm wondering what other waldorfy folks think about early childhood education? is it necessary to be in a school environment so early? are there any big benefits to kindercottage for preschool aged children? has anyone else opted to wait until after the change of teeth to start education at school?