New to Waldorf and new to this site!
My son just recently started grade one at a Waldorf school. Already seeing some interesting developments! He is coming from three years of public school so this is a very big change for us. He seems to be enjoying it so far except for all the singing he is complaining about daily LOL Also restrictions on the TV, wii, and other vices he was so used to can be difficult but I am on a weaning process which seem to be going well.
I hope to find some info and support here because to be honest I did not research this school choice to deeply but went off my feelings of the school, staff and all the great comments I received from other parents whose children have already been through the school from start to finish.
My younger son will be able to attend kindergarten next year which makes me feel slightly nervous since he will not be exposed to reading and writing till a later age than my other son but I suppose I just have to have some faith in the system!!
Research has shown that no matter what age children begin reading, they generally are all at the same level by 3rd grade (I think that's right.), unless of course there are any learning boundaries that need support. Writing is actually introduced first and reading blossoms out of that. It really is amazing how delayed academics work for some children.
Coming from a more traditional early childhood background, it was a little unnerving to have faith in the Waldorf way for my daughter. I did do quite a bit of research, and I actually starting attending events and asking questions at the school a few years before she started 1st grade there... But I also trusted my gut instincts and the awesome feeling I got being there. She also loved it after her first visit, so I trusted her intuition as well. Now that's she's in 2nd grade, I am so, so glad that we made this choice. It's not always the best for all children, but when it clicks it really clicks. I can't imagine her flourishing like this in other environments. Some of the other non-Waldorf schools I visited were definitely not a good fit for her.
Before this, she attended a half-day preschool that was play-based a couple of days a week, then a home preschool that was Montessori and Waldorf inspired, and then for her Kindergarten year she attended a Waldorf home nursery. She came into 1st grade with some basic knowledge of the alphabet, letter sounds, and numerical values, but it was never formally taught to her. Now she's discovered reading and math as a hobby! I hear her sounding out words in her bedroom all that time and making up math problems on her chalkboard easel.
Wendy - aspiring Waldorf handwork teacher, computer geek's wife ,
mom to former 2lb preemie (now 9) & 3x