I can see how sometimes the AP style can conflict with Waldorf philosophies....
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10/10/07 at 2:52pm
Well, as others have said before me, some things don't make sense to me at all and others do, in a way.
I do not get that there is little indoor play and a "look but don't touch" policy with toys. I didn't have any child younger than 4 in any Waldorf preschool, but there was free indoor play and outdoor play, virtually every day (exception for extreme weather). And teachers would rarely let children play with things on the Nature Table, but certainly they were welcome to play with the toys if they were displayed!
Also, I was invited to visit, and participated quite a number of times, but only when invited. And I know they would have probably shooed me away if I dropped in early. The traditional Waldorf teacher puts such a huge importance on rhythm; a good rhythm helps children feel enriched by the school day rather than frazzled, and is so effective at preventing or alleviating discipline problems, etc. They try to do almost the Same-Thing-Every-Day, Same-Time, like a ritual. It's taken very seriously, and dropping in late or early upsets the rhythm. Besides, there is a very distinct beginning, middle, end of the school day, beginning with the hug, ending with the hug, one child after another, individual acknowledgment in this rhythm. In the grades this hug is replaced by the handshake. It's very high on the teacher's list of priorities of the school day. I just can't vouch this is true for classes with younger children.
I wouldn't necessarily conclude that your child's bored because of the academics at home, only because some of my sons' classmates were in this situation, former Montessori or academic preschool/kindergartens yet they thrived at Waldorf.
And I hope the teacher was just worried about the bump, not that your child "misbehaved" scaling the fence. She's very very little yet and shouldn't be led to feel she committed a serious crime or misdemeanor for climbing!
to add to the differences btw AP and Waldorf style discipline that Maggieinnh posted (quite well I think) ...