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Yep, this is a tough one. I'm going through the yearly anxiety attack right now.
I'd love to hear some ideas myself. Our daughter's first two years (N-K) were paid for with equity that came from selling our home in FL to move to NH. After that ran out we took out an additional equity line of credit on our new home for 1st grade and our sons first year in nursery school. Last year's tuition (2nd grade for daughter, K for son) was paid from a withdraw from our IRA (so much for retirement).
This year is still up in the air. Plus we've decided our son isn't quite ready for 1st grade yet so he'll be doing one more year of K. Probably some kind of long term loan to at least make it one more year and then see what happens next year.
I know this isn't all that encouraging or creative, but we're just doing what we can as long as we can.
Have all of you who are having dilemmas regarding the financial end of Waldorf considered Waldorf homeschooling at all? I know this is the Waldorf school forum, not the homeschooling forum, but just thought I would ask. Waldorf homeschooling has worked really well for us, but I know it is not for everyone. There is also a post on my blog about Waldorf school versus Waldorf homeschooling, don't know if that would be helpful at all...
Not trying to muddy the waters though, I just hope all of you can truly find the ways to make things work best for your families.
Yeah, I wish there was an easy answer on this on. We're in the same boat as everyone else. We already thought we probably couldn't afford it, but now that my DH's company isn't giving raises or bonuses this year (meanwhile the cost of health insurance, state taxes, etc. are all increasing) there is basically no way we can afford to send all four kids. I feel not only really upset about this, but bitter as well since the school was started on the principle of education for all. My personal feelings are that the school system is for 1) the wealthy and 2) not for anyone with more than one or two children.
I know that there is assistance for those who need it, but with four kids, I'm not willing to go, assuming that my assistance value will be the same each year. What if the economy worsens and more and more families need that money - the pot is only so big and where there might be money one year, there might not be enough the next. And then what? We have to pull all four out and transition to another system? No thanks.
Don't get me wrong, I love the educational philosophy and want it badly for my kids. But, I also want to retire someday, afford a vacation once and a while, and not have to hold my breath every time something breaks in our house or car, and wonder whether or not we can afford to fix it.....
I'm with a PP, short of selling a kidney or buying a winning lottery ticket, it's priced beyond our reach.
Well knowing you, I just know that it will all work out! You are such a talented woman and soon all of your recent efforts will be rewarded!
(The latest in my school update for you: We're back to choosing the school option and manifesting a way to afford it! So I'll be keeping up with this thread to get new ideas too!)
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