We're looking at a free school (not free tuition, but freedom in choices, lessons, etc.). I love it. When we went to visit the class my DD would be in next year there was a group of kids listening to the teacher tell a story, another group carving a pumpkin with the Spanish teacher (this was the week of Halloween), other kids painting, building blocks, etc. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and I'm sure it's a great way for them to learn. The problem is that my DD depends on routines. I'm a very non-schedule oriented person who finds routines irritating, but DD loves them. Every night before we go to bed we have a vitamin and a glass of water, go upstairs, put on jammies, brush teeth, read two books, talk about what we're going to do the next day, sing a song and say goodnight. The whole thing takes less than 30 minutes, but if any part is left out she just can't sleep.
She currently goes to a Waldorf preschool and loves it. It is very predictable. Every Monday they have rice for a snack and color. Every Tuesday it's oatmeal and baking. Etc. They play outside, they hear stories, etc. Every day it's a predictable routine and she is really blossoming there.
Does anyone have a kid who goes to a "free school" and do you think a child who likes routines could thrive there?
Mama to three sweet girls (a dramatic, chatty 10yo, a bouncy, dynamo of a 7yo, and a delightful, whimsical 3.5yo)