Originally Posted by mamaMAMAma
I'm feeling I need to reach out more but am somehow reluctant to go to our local homeschool parkdays. I have isolated ourselves to waldorf-ish types, I guess for fear that disney/barbie/tv/... would start creeping into our house... Any been there done thats?
I do have a 7 yr old and an 11 yr old, plus I have an opinion on the party - it is JUST an opinion someone just shared, but one that has helped me.
As the kids progress in age, I think that the number of kids at their parties should be their age. So really, for a 7 yr old, seven kids would be perfect. That means you just need six total guests.
It's a different philosophy, but part of transition to Waldorf and homeschooling has to do with building meaning into our lives. It is very difficult for children to have meaningful interaction with the 20+ kids that are at most parties (when they just invite their class from school).
When you have a few close friends, it just means more.
Maybe ask her who her 2 or 3 very best friends were at school, and invite them; then suggest a few kids from the HS group or neighborhood to invite...or cousins, or that nice old lady across the street that always speaks to her. My sons have often invited significant adults.
Another option would be to invite over a couple of her old friends to a special birthday play date, and ask to bring a cake to the next Waldorf group.
I opened up to very broad homeschool groups after my eldest passed third grade, but when he was small, we stayed with more like-minded folks, family friends, and neighbors. My younger son is exposed to these more diverse groups and it doesn't seem to harm him...other that a greater interest in computer games...so perhaps do what YOU feel more comfortable with.
still in Rome and Gaul this week for Sixth grade, and the magical alphabet for First