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Why I love waldorf.
First, I went to a waldorf school myself, starting in 8th grade. My family had moved a lot, and each move took us through 2 or 3 schools before we found permanent living quarters, so Highland Hall was my 14th school. Highland Hall in 1963 was still a pioneer school and there were many problems. What I especially loved was the interconnections between subjects. I had always felt something missing in my public school education and that was what it was. It wasn't until later that I realized that I had tried to do waldorf for myself, reading fairy tales in 1st and 2nd grade, starting mythology in 3rd and 4th and then moving in to Greek mythology in 5th grade with a natural transition to history. I also loved handwork. My mother taught me to do handsewing, my aunt (a waldorf handwork teacher) taught me to knit and I taught myself to crochet. I also experimented with weaving, making a loom out of an old picture frame.
When I had a child waldorf seemed like the best choice. She started at 3 and went through 7th grade at Highland Hall. We moved to Missouri where she tried public school and then we switched to home schooling. In the end she did 10th - 12th at the Toronto Waldorf School. As a parent I would just underline everything said above about waldorf.
Now my granddaughter is going to our local school here in Vermont. She loves it. For her I can see the rhythm, predictability, order, beauty, harmony and mutual respect are very important. She is a very strong, willful person and waldorf provides her with the right kind of boundaries.
My daughter is running a waldorf style day care in her home, so my grandson is already having his waldorf experience at 15 months.
That said: waldorf schools vary a lot, so do a thorough check before you enroll your children!
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