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#1 of 3 Old 11-03-2012, 10:39 AM - Thread Starter
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 How has your experience been having 2 dc in 2 separate schools? My dyslexic ds and typical dd I transferred to Waldorf, but I don't see it working for dd wo is in 1st grade...

and has been moving towards reading and writing since preschool and misses that academic aspect. 1st grade Waldorf is not challenging for her, plus I am not so sure about her teacher and having him for the next 8 years. The two schools would be such radically different in philosophy and teaching styles. I guess I am worried about my dc growing apart and having such different experiences.
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This is an interesting question for me too, since I am headed that way next school year. DS1 has changed schools a whole bunch of times already, and only in 2st grade so we don't want to do it to him again. But that school doesn't have resources for DS2. I know my legal right to have him there, however I really like what I know of the program at the school the disrtict wants him to go to.


My kids are quite distant in chronological and cognative age so that part doesn't worry me, it's more the fact that the schools start and finish 5 mins different and are on opposite sides of town!

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My two daughters have started at two different schools just this year and it's been working well. My oldest is in 4th grade and has dyslexia and ADHD. The AR curriculum at the public school was a terrible fit for her, so we switched her to a small private that has a more balanced curriculum and a reading specialist. 


My younger daughter is in 2nd grade and is really thriving in the public school. Because of her success, the fact that she has great teachers and she is continually challenged, plus financial reasons, we kept her there. She is 18 months younger than her sister and they are extremely close.


The two schools are philosophically much different and the teaching styles are also different, but that is exactly what we needed for each child, they just learn differently. Since they had, for a time, gone to the same school they had that shared experience they seem to be able to relate based on that. There has been no noticeable distance between them since the school year started, they haven't grown apart at all. My older daughter likes having her own experience and her own place, and they both talk to each other about their classmates and teachers and activities all the time. 


Right at the beginning my younger wanted to change to the private school too because they do have a lot of fun activities and we were playing them up a bit to ease my older daughter's transition. That wore off though. 


As the PP mentioned, logistics were difficult with drop off and pickup times that overlapped but luckily we worked it out though I did have to recruit my family to help.

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