|Originally posted by MJmommy
Thanks for your input. The school we started was a Waldorf school. It seems pretty clear that he was afraid of having to go poo without me being there to wipe him...I'm sure it's symbolic of him resisting someone else taking on the mommy role.
I'm leaning toward Waldorf for Kindergarten and beyond. I'd love to homeschool but feel pretty intimidated. I wish I could get a clear, objective understanding of Waldorf. It seems perfect in one context yet repressive and culty in another.
This is so hard. So we'll hold off for now.
I don't think preschool is absolutely necessary either. However, we send our daughter for a few mornings a week not to prepare her for school, but because she had no friends in the neighborhood (and no cousins on either side!) to play with regularly. She is very sociable and has met a little group of kids from the neighborhood at preschool that she also meets up with at the park, etc. Anything she "learns" there in the traditional sense is icing on the cake (and she has learned a lot of fun stuff).
However, if her temperament were different, I would reconsider. Perhaps your child is just not ready. There's no harm in waiting and maybe trying out different schools. When we were looking for a school, we were surprised at how many parents left their kids at home during the open house/parent nights. We took our daughter to all of the schools to see how comfortable she felt there.
I also found your remarks about Waldorf very interesting. I feel the same way about it. Some aspects of the program are incredible. We went to the parent-child program initially and liked it, but ultimately decided against Waldorf for now. The expense is one issue, but also we felt that the loving atmosphere we were looking for (and that is so great at Waldorf) could also be found elsewhere. Besides that, I am somewhat uncomfortable with the esoteric elements of Steiner's teachings.