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This is correct, Waldorf doesn't teach reading until age 7. There is some pre-reading work, done, letters, etc. earlier than that, but not much.
It was a big issue for me with my first, but I rode it out and stuck with the programme. She is now, at ten, reading books like a starving man would tuck into his tofu.
So, in theory, I guess, it worked fine.
In practice, though, I beat myself up over not responding to her interest in learning to read when she exhibited it, and I took some grief from my extended family, who probably would never noticed if Maeve didn't have a cousin two weeks older than she who is in public school, and who was reading by 5.
My intention with Sophie, who is 18 months, is to purchase the first grade Waldorf curriculum and teach her at home home "Waldorf style" when she shows an interest.