I have just "discovered" Waldrof a few days ago, and am intrigued by the whole concept. This is something I would love to do for my daughter (who I am planning on homeschooling - when the time comes, she's only 4 months!
Anyways, my husband isn't totally on board with the whole idea, so these questions are mainly from him....
1) How is Christianity incorporated into the scheme of things... I read somewhere an example of a lessonplan for 1-3 grades... and it said something like "fairy tales, fables, legends, Old Testament"... is the Bible taught as an equal to fairy tales?
2) How much empasise on fairies, gnomes, and other "imaginary" creatures are there? My Dh kept saying how she can believe in them, as long as she knows they aren't real
Sorta defeats the purpose of believing in them, doesn't it?
3) I know that the Waldorf way is no tv, computer, etc exp. when they are young... what age do you allow the computer? I mean, in today's world of technology, you almost have to have a background in computers and such.
4) I read somewhere about how you teach that the world is good, and what to do when something goes bad, but I really didn't understand it. Do you let your children read/watch the news, and keep up with current events? What age do you let them? If you shelter them from all the bad things, wouldn't it be a shock when they turn 16, 18, whenever, and all of a sudden, there is war, murder, etc?
Sorry for all these questions.... I hope you can help a very confuzzled me!
ETA: a few more questions....
5) About toys for babies... most toys geared for wee little ones (12mo and under), light up, play sounds, and do all sorts of things. Don't the lights and sounds encourage the child to play, and keep them entertained? A lot of waldorf toys are imaginative... well how much imagination does a 5 month have? Are they satisfied with a wooden ball? It supposed to be a pretend egg, but a 5 mo doesn't even know what an egg is? I'm sorry to be so dense, I really don't know. All of Abigail's toys are "modernized", although some of her favorites are just simple rattles.
6) Another question about TV... I took Abs for a check up, and they have a tv in the waiting room. I set opposite, with her back to it, but what about when she gets older? I can't blindfold her, she's going to gravitate to it, having watch little to no TV before.... What do you do when you go to family/friend's house and they have the TV blaring?
Again, sorry for all these question, I don't require a long essay on any of them, just a short explanation. I would really appreciate it! TIA!