My daughter is in Kindergarten and it is our first experience in a Waldorf school! my daughter loves school and it is a great introduction to school for us. She will continue at this school until 1st grade and then we will be moving. Her second grade experience will be in a mainstream school. There will not be any Waldorf schools in the area that we move to.
Has anyone had to make a transition like this? I just want to make sure that I prepare her well for the change.
I am sure you have already heard this but she will probably need some extra work in reading to meet the grade level expectations in the new public school. Of course, this could not be a problem if you have an early bloomer. I would talk this transition over with your class teacher and the reading specialist so that you can make a plan 1/2 way through first grade when everyone has a better picture of how she is doing in language arts. As for math, she will probably be ahead of her public school classmates. There are workbooks that are aligned to the common core standards so you could try messing around with them the summer before you enroll her in public school. I would say the best thing is to make this transition known and ask for help ahead of time but don't necessarily feel the pressure to start doing something now. You don't want your daughter to feel bad about her capabilities in her new school but you also don't want to rob her of this creative and sensitive introduction to academics. It is just a matter of picking up the pace at the right time given the inevitability of the transition.
I'm not surprised that your daughter is loving school. It is very important for a very young child to like school. This will be a great reflection in the future. The transition is really difficult especially for a child but with all the support you are giving her. I'm sure things will fall into place.
Where are you moving? Someone might be able to suggest some good schools in the area.
Thanks so much for you advice, Mamas!
I think I am going to supplement my daughter at home with homeschooling lessons. That way I can still allow her to enjoy and experience the Waldorf school experience, but still prepare her by working at her pace for a mainstream school.