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I was so glad to find this post...we are wrestling with a similiar issue.
DS1 has been in a Waldporf Kindy for the last two years. Overall, it's been a positive expereince for him, although I think he's beginning to get bored now. He loves his friends, the stories, the imaginative play and that they spend half the morning in the woods. The fact that the school introduces no academics during this time felt comfortable to me, he needed the play time & the social interaction.
BUT, he has been working at home on reading, writing & math. He's 'normal' in language arts (where you would expect-he's been writing his own stories in all caps, with phonetic spelling), but has an intuitive math sense & a deeply analytical/scientific curiosity about the world. Gifted? I don't know. He knows how to add, subtract, multiply, understands fractions, is figuring out his own times table. All pretty much self-directed.
WE're trying to figure out if the grades would be a good fit for him. He loves stories, is deeply imaginative, magic & spirituality speak to him. He also wants to know how everything works (scientific explainations do not decrease the wonder & magic for him), explore his own interests at his own times (he's been immersed in electricity for days - building looped circuits), and has that math thing. Although, Waldorf doesn't have the same gap/delay (compared to public school) in math that they do in reading.
Waldorf supports alot about our family's lifestyle that are not supported by public school or even other private schools (very little media, minimal consumerism/branding, crafty, spiritual, etc.). But, is he going to be damaged or stifled by attending the grades? Can I stand the rigidity of the curriculum? Can he?
I'm reading this thread (and the other thread that was linked) with great interest.
Loving mama to magical boys Skyler (11/21/03) and Gryffin Emrys (9/30/08).