Originally Posted by mamaMAMAma
I'm still trying to put my finger on how enki is different from waldorf on a day to day, practical level. I read the page on enkieducation's website describing their differences. But aside from the multi-cultural aspects, how is it different? I mean do they do wet on wet painting? do they do baking days? Drawing days?? We've been involved with waldorf since dd#1 was 1 (went to a mom and tot class, then waldorf-inspired preschool and waldorf kinder). I love most things about waldorf and I was going to augment with stories from other cultures when we homeschool (making enki very attractive).
sorry for not being too coherent. I have a really sore back and neck. I need to see my chiro first thing tomorrow morning)
There are probably other moms than me that could answer this better, since I haven't even read all the guides yet, but here is my understanding of it:
Enki incorporates three different methods of instruction. Group led by teacher (like Waldorf), individual led (like Montessori), and group projects where the work is more peer based (forget what this third one is called). All grade levels of Enki use these three forms of instruction throughout their days, but in the younger grades I think there is a lot more of the Waldorf type instruction. So in the early grades there probably isn't that much difference on a practical, here is what they do every day, level compared to a Waldorf school. I'm guessing many of the elements Enki does are the same, but at times, especially in the upper grades, the methods used to teach those elements (and the philosophy behind those methods) are different from Waldorf. I guess what I'm trying to say is WHAT Enki is teaching isn't always different than Waldorf, but HOW they teach it is sometimes different.
I think a lot of the main differences are in the philosophy and the focus of the curriculum. Enki doesn't follow the traditional Waldorf curriculum, but is a more inspired approach. The crux of Waldorf curriculum seems to work from a base of Christianity (in my opinion). Waldorf curriculum IS multi-cultural but within a structure of Christian content in the early years. Not saying that non-Christians can't use Waldorf, just that some tailoring is needed if one wishes to give the child a firm base in a spirituality other than Christian. Enki is multi-cultural at its base, weaving in elements from all cultures, but not focusing on just one so heavily in the early years like Waldorf (again, just my opinion). So for me, I see Enki as a Waldorf inspired education that has already been tailored to embrace a wider scope of spiritual beliefs.
I also believe that Enki is more than just waldorf inspired; it goes beyond that. I see Enki as drawing on the wisdom and truth of several different movements in education (Waldorf, Montessori, etc) and bringing those elements together in a truly holistic, well balanced manner.
Okay, I know none of that really answers your core question about how they differ on a day to day basis. Hopefully some of the moms that have been using the material already can comment.
And of course, all of the above are just my humble opinions and interpretation of things. Perhaps it would be helpful to email Beth, the owner of Enki, or do a pre-order consultation with her to truly clarify the differences and similarities?
EDIT: oh and silly me, forgot to say that, yes, Enki does do watercolor painting, drawing, baking, etc
Also they have a nice video, 30 minutes in length, that is a nice intro into what Enki is all about and shows tons of footage from inside an Enki school. It comes free with the grade level packages, but can also be purchased by itself, or along with articles on Enki. I think the cost for the video alone is $25.