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02-16-2013 06:53 PM
EllasMommy10
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Hey there and welcome!

Just a word of encouragement...despite what some might tell you, there is no absolute right and absolute wrong with Waldorf. Do what you feel is right doing and don't be worried about influences from the outside - as long as you keep it real with your little one, she will grow up well smile.gif Children have this wonderful inner compass, that tells them exactly what feel real and what feels forced, so trust in that orngbiggrin.gif

Thank you! You are so right.smile.gif
02-16-2013 11:06 AM
enrooted
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Hi everyone! I am the mom of a little girl who will be 3 in April. I stumbled across Waldorf after we sent my daughter to a Montessori daycare for a few months before I quit my job. Our experience there led me to research alternative educations. I was completely drawn to Waldorf! It is such a beautiful and inspirational way of life. We are definitely not true Waldorf, but Waldorf-inspired. Without a local Waldorf community and then dealing with the influences of family and friends and neighbors, it is tough to be as Waldorf as I would like! We do what we can though.smile.gif

 

Hey there and welcome!

 

Just a word of encouragement...despite what some might tell you, there is no absolute right and absolute wrong with Waldorf. Do what you feel is right doing and don't be worried about influences from the outside - as long as you keep it real with your little one, she will grow up well :) Children have this wonderful inner compass, that tells them exactly what feel real and what feels forced, so trust in that :D

02-16-2013 10:52 AM
EllasMommy10 Hi everyone! I am the mom of a little girl who will be 3 in April. I stumbled across Waldorf after we sent my daughter to a Montessori daycare for a few months before I quit my job. Our experience there led me to research alternative educations. I was completely drawn to Waldorf! It is such a beautiful and inspirational way of life. We are definitely not true Waldorf, but Waldorf-inspired. Without a local Waldorf community and then dealing with the influences of family and friends and neighbors, it is tough to be as Waldorf as I would like! We do what we can though.smile.gif
02-15-2013 07:34 PM
inkandpaper
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Originally Posted by appalachiamama View Post

 

Nice to meet you!  Your little girl has my birthday!  partytime.gif

Very cool!  A good day for a birthday smile.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by earthmama4 View Post

Hi everyone! So glad to see you all coming out of the shadows, lol! I knew you were here. We have quite an ecclectic group here which is wonderful. Lots of different experiences and ideas to share. 

 

 

Inkandpaper -sounds like a very warm and loving environment for your daughter! What a gift of love you are giving here to so thoughtfully consider her home environment. Hope you can find a supportive community soon, I know how hard it can be to feel isolated! 

 

Thank you!  Yes, it would be so much nicer to have a supportive community.  We live in a very non-crunchy/mainstream area, but hopefully the next place we move will have more resources.  

 

It is nice to meet everyone here smile.gif

02-15-2013 09:07 AM
appalachiamama

I hope the transition goes well for you!  Keep us posted, for sure. smile.gif
 

02-15-2013 08:42 AM
Fortune Teller

Thanks earthmama!  Yes, I will probably be losing my position at work in the summer.  Ironically, I had just resolved to keep my part time position and not be pressured (by myself) to find full-time work to fund the kids' school when I was informed that my position will be changing come August.  I am basically being given the choice by my employer to either return to full time, or forfeit my position and go to on-call (with no guaranteed hours).  

 

So, the universe sort of solved my dilemma for me, and I'm running with it- taking it as a sign!  Scary as heck though, as I was never planning to go to zero hours at work!  

 

I'm pretty sure I will be nervous all summer and through the fall at my decision.  I want to homeschool and cut back on hours at work, but... change is scary.  I'm glad I have this place to come to and connect with mamas who have been down this road before!

 

Welcome MommyKelly!  I love the age span you got going on there with your kids!  Never a dull moment I bet wink1.gif

02-14-2013 11:20 PM
MommyKelly

Hi :)  I am Kelly and am Momma to 9. Ages 23,21,19,13,11,10,8,7,and 6.

 

We are Waldorf homeschoolers. It has been a crazy journey but are finally coming to a place that works well for us :)

02-14-2013 08:03 PM
earthmama4
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Welcome!  

 

I love seeing so many Waldorf homeschooling mamas here-  I'm still really nervous about taking the plunge, and seeing you all gives me hope!

 

I guess I really took the plunge today, when I turned in our re-enrollment form for next year and my boys weren't on it.  Guess that means it's official!

Wow! That is exciting! Does that mean you are changing your work schedule too? I remember you feeling like you were running a treadmill working to pay for school, etc. Its hard to get off that work-spend-work cycle! DH and I downshifted to a more simple lifestyle 4 years ago, but we didn't take the homeschooling plunge until 8 months ago. It does take courage to take those first steps, oh how I know. I was SO nervous when I un-enrolled my kids from their charter last year!

 

Congrats! 

02-13-2013 03:01 PM
Fortune Teller

Welcome!  

 

I love seeing so many Waldorf homeschooling mamas here-  I'm still really nervous about taking the plunge, and seeing you all gives me hope!

 

I guess I really took the plunge today, when I turned in our re-enrollment form for next year and my boys weren't on it.  Guess that means it's official!

02-13-2013 02:09 PM
heyitskalista

Hi everyone! 

 

I don't think I've posted here before...but here goes! :)

 

I'm Kalista, 25 and my husband and I have 3 children, aged 5, 3, 22 months and we will be welcoming another little one in July!  

 

We have just started our first year of waldorf homeschooling.  I'm still relatively new to Waldorf but we had been living very similarly before I had even heard the term so I know its a good fit for us! 

 

Right now, we are working at getting a good rhythm going before the baby arrives and flips everything upside down! ;)

02-11-2013 05:11 PM
WednesdayO

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Originally Posted by SarahSmith View Post
What are the class sizes at your school? 

 

I have been told (by whom I can't remember) that EWS takes into account the teacher's comfort and experience level when it comes to larger class sizes. A growing enrollment is welcome of course since the school needs any extra income it can get in order to thrive, but I don't think they'd push it too far. The physical room spaces are somewhat limited - more so in some grades than others. That is also a concern of mine.

 

Here are our approximate class sizes as far as I know. I'm pretty sure the numbers have been higher at times. We also have parent/child, nursery, PreK/K, and high school classes.

  • 1st - 17
  • 2nd - 20
  • 3rd - 24
  • 4th - 23
  • 5th - 16
  • 6th - 22
  • 7th - 16
  • 8th - 15
02-11-2013 04:57 PM
knittygritty I would be concerned about a class so large. Even in Waldorf schools, where rhythm, structure, and respect prevail, teachers have practical limits to their abilities! A larger class means less individual attention, and it makes it more difficult for the teacher to hone in on specific issues in the classroom. A teacher is, after all, only one person!

I would have thought the school would have split the class beginning in first grade, since they already have 30 students. I think they need to consider adding a new faculty member. If I were a parent in this class, I would be asking the administration about how they plan to support the teacher with his burgeoning student population!
02-11-2013 11:14 AM
Fortune Teller

About class size..

 

My boys' mixed aged Kindergarten is up to 16 I think, aged 3 to 6.

 

My daughter's  6th/7th grade class has 8.

 

Our school is still trying to build enrollment.  Only recently have they even begun marketing themselves successfully out in the community.  It is great for the school, and we are set for record-breaking enrollment at the start of next school year.  I understand your uneasiness at a class of 30 though.  I find myself in the peculiar position of cheering the school on, and LOVING that they are getting all this interest and financial backing from new families, and yet a little sad to see the class sizes grow and to feel like I don't know everyone anymore.  

 

Many Waldorf schools will tell you that they strive for a number around 30 children per class.  Teachers feel it is a good number to work with, for different reasons.  I don't think 30 at a Waldorf school means the same thing as 30 in a public school, for what it's worth.  Especially since the teachers stay with the class through 5th or sometimes even 8th grade.  

02-11-2013 05:06 AM
enrooted
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I was, and still am,  a little too uninformed about Waldorf and all that it means.  It's not exactly a perfect fit for us, as we still have the TV in the home (though limit its use to weekends), still have plastic toys, still have a crazy active schedule with the boys in after school activities.   But so far it's a better alternative than the local public schools, so we are sticking with it and trying to adjust.  

 

Anyhow, I did have a question for the rest of you with kids in Waldorf schools.  What are the class sizes at your school?   Next year, the 2nd grade class may go to 31 kids.  It's currently 30.    I expressed my concerns about the large class size to the teacher.  And I was somewhat reassured that, as a very experienced teacher, who has gone through two previous 1-8th grade cycles, he had no qualms. 

 

Hey there :)

 

Wanted to reply to this :)

 

We have a TV as well. And we won't get rid of it. I would not want my kids to grow up without the adorable TV series of Pippi Longstocking, The Children of Noisy Village and other series made off of Astrid Lindgren's books ;) You are entitled to your own opinion and mine is, that those series are a nurturing experience for the kids...They get inspired and excited to act out, what they saw on TV, they love talking about it with me and their friends and the kid friendly adventures they see (we read the books as well by the way ;) ) are 100% positive in experience. I could say more about the value of those series, but this is already long :P And that's the only thing they will be watching on TV for a long time once they start school at 5 or 6 years old and I feel, thst htey are OK watching it....no regular TV programs etc. And I am still a Waldorf mama. And my kids will still be very much healthily developed.

 

About the class size:

 

I have experience from Germany, where the first grades where about 35-40 kids in size...but they had 1 main teacher and 1 teacher helper. Both teachers were awesome and knew what was going on with any child at any given time. It was a joy to watch! The Waldorf school here in Baltimore is very small - first grade is about 15 kids, other classes have even less...I saw a classroom with 8 tables in it and honestly got a bit worried, that it might not be enough ;) I personally feel, that a size of 15 would be perfect. From my experience class sizes vary a lot in Waldorf schools, depending on the area they are in, the amount of kids enrolling a certain year etc. But as long as the teacher seems competent, even a class of 40 wouldn't worry me.

02-11-2013 04:00 AM
appalachiamama

Both schools look really nice.  I can see how it would be a hard decision.  Reggio has always intrigued me and I've read as much about it as I can. smile.gif
 

02-11-2013 12:37 AM
SarahSmith

Hi, I'm Sarah.  I'm mainly a lurker, but would love to see this board get more active, so I guess I had better start contributing as well. 

 

We are new to Waldorf as of last fall when my 6 yo son joined a 1st grade and my 4 yo son joined a 2 year kindergarten program in our local K-12 Waldorf school.  We also have a 2 yo boy in a different preschool who will hopefully join his brothers in a couple of years - assuming we've stuck to it.  

 

I was, and still am,  a little too uninformed about Waldorf and all that it means.  It's not exactly a perfect fit for us, as we still have the TV in the home (though limit its use to weekends), still have plastic toys, still have a crazy active schedule with the boys in after school activities.   But so far it's a better alternative than the local public schools, so we are sticking with it and trying to adjust.  

 

My 6 yo is doing very well; but he is the kind of kid that adapts well to any situation.  I'm glad to have him away from some of the more over-exposed influences he was getting when he was in public kindergarten last year.   

 

My 4 yo is struggling to make friends in his class.  He has a unique personality and I worry that making friends will be an ongoing struggle for him.  In fact, one of the reasons I was excited about Waldorf was that I hoped they would be better equipped to nurture his uniqueness and help him find his niche; but the more I read about Waldorf, the less sure I am that it will be a good fit for him.  I really need to stop reading the negative things about Waldorf - it just makes me worry too much. 

 

 

 

Anyhow, I did have a question for the rest of you with kids in Waldorf schools.  What are the class sizes at your school?   Next year, the 2nd grade class may go to 31 kids.  It's currently 30.    I expressed my concerns about the large class size to the teacher.  And I was somewhat reassured that, as a very experienced teacher, who has gone through two previous 1-8th grade cycles, he had no qualms. 

02-10-2013 04:24 PM
elefante
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Hey there :D

 

I read the first post and felt like agreeing - it is so quiet in here! I silently read for quite some time and feel so much need for discussion, sharing and connecting...

 

This is me:

 

I am 27 years old, going to be 28. I am not yet a Mom, but plan on becoming one some time next year ;) I live with my husband and our cats in Baltimore - right next to the local Waldorf school <3 I picked this house, because of that fact by the way. I was born and grew up in Germany and things in the US are so very different from over there, that I am trying to at least keep something known in my life - Waldorf.

 

I am here, to connect with people of similar spirits. I do hope for real life contacts...I moved to the US to be with my husband in 2010. It has been almost 3 years now and I still do not know ANYBODY here besides his family and friends, who are simply not mine. I am a very crafty person and make a lot of things myself - furniture, toys for the kids, decoration for the home etc. I'd LOVE to get to know people who want to make Waldorf-y things with me :P Or just go for walks in nature and talk :)

 

I am starting an in home daycare, which is Waldorf inspired and try to incorporate the general spirit into our home as much as possible with a husband, who knows nothing about it ;) I have a lot of questions, need for discussion and will to share, what I know!

 

I run a Waldorf / Reggio in-home daycare. Feel free to message me if you have any questions, or just want to brainstorm. We opened last September and are doing so well. We're fully enrolled until 2015! The community response has been overwhelming, really. I wish you well! It is something that is so needed. thumb.gif

Oh, and good luck on ttc soon! Fun!

02-10-2013 04:20 PM
elefante
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Nice to meet you!  A nature-inspired Reggio sounds so neat!  What is the school?  And how wonderful that you devote a day a week to home life.

 

They are called The Berkeley School, here in Berkeley, CA. They opened as a Montessori school 50 years ago, so I was somewhat skeptical since we aren't interested in Montessori, but when we toured we realized that it was an amazing place with innovative and progressive teachers who are all dedicated to not only a nature-influenced Reggio curriculum, but also simply to grow to always seek out better options and opportunities. All teachers participate in professional development each year from touring Reggio Emilia to taking Children in Nature workshops and seminars, and simply taking classes to further their depth of understanding human development. They do seem fabulous, but I want to tour the higher grades before we commit. Our local Waldorf [also in Berkeley] is new and just expanding into an elementary this year instead of a preschool / kindy only. We love them both, but the RE one has such better facilities and resources since they are so well established. It'll be a difficult decision! 

& Thank you :) 
Our Sundays are now sacred to us. It's just feels so good to work together like this, and see the results.

02-10-2013 11:27 AM
holz I want to join in! I have two boys, 2.5 and almost 10 months. Waldorf is sort of my ideal and my compass, but we're not quite there, and I'm okay with that smile.gif We also live in a small town and I haven't found any Waldorf community or even much of a crunchy one.
02-10-2013 10:07 AM
appalachiamama

Nice to meet you!  A nature-inspired Reggio sounds so neat!  What is the school?  And how wonderful that you devote a day a week to home life.

02-10-2013 12:42 AM
elefante

Greetings, all!

 

Mama to a 2 year old little boy. We live a Waldorf home-life, but aren't sure if Waldorf, or a Nature-inspired Reggio school will be this best fit for kinder in a few years. We're so lucky to have so many great options available to us! My husband and I are artists, and we work from home. We haven't owned a Tv in.. ever? haha And we love keeping a family rhythm. 

 

A few months ago we decided to dedicate one day per week to contributing to our home. Giving a day to our home, and to ourselves. On Sundays we give to our home by baking, making condiments, working in the garden, and doing DIY projects around the house. It's so nice! We are so happy with this decision.

 

And I recently started teaching myself to knit. I hope to make some treasure pouches for spring and summer mementos our son can bring back to our nature table!

02-09-2013 07:08 PM
earthmama4

nicolecatalan - Hi! Glad you posted! I know what you mean about getting a moment on the computer. My only time is during naps/quiet time and when DH gets the little boys in the tub (which is why I am on now, lol) and maybe at night (but trying not to do that one too much as it makes me stay up too late!)

 

enrooted ~ Yes, that is why I started this thread because I too have a great need to discuss and share! Its hard to be excited about something with no one IRL to share with. My DH is willing, but his eyes kind of glaze over if I go overboard with the Waldorf talk, lol. I was beginning a Waldorf-inspired playschool in 2009 but we ended up needing to move and it never opened. I did a lot of research and still have a bit of that kindling in my soul. Would love to chat anytime. Lifeways was a great resource for me, as well as a few blogs...I will try to dredge up some links if you like.

 

Hope you ladies continue to post. We can use this thread for general Waldorf discussion or chatting - stuff we might not want to start a whole thread about but still want to share and talk about, etc.  

 

fever.gifI am going to start a new thread about childhood illness though so check that out if you are interested. YDS2 may have whooping cough and I want feed back from a Waldorf-perspective. 

02-08-2013 01:30 PM
appalachiamama

Nice to meet you!  How neat that you are starting an in-home Waldorf program.  I wish you well!
 

02-08-2013 12:48 PM
enrooted

Hey there :D

 

I read the first post and felt like agreeing - it is so quiet in here! I silently read for quite some time and feel so much need for discussion, sharing and connecting...

 

This is me:

 

I am 27 years old, going to be 28. I am not yet a Mom, but plan on becoming one some time next year ;) I live with my husband and our cats in Baltimore - right next to the local Waldorf school <3 I picked this house, because of that fact by the way. I was born and grew up in Germany and things in the US are so very different from over there, that I am trying to at least keep something known in my life - Waldorf.

 

I am here, to connect with people of similar spirits. I do hope for real life contacts...I moved to the US to be with my husband in 2010. It has been almost 3 years now and I still do not know ANYBODY here besides his family and friends, who are simply not mine. I am a very crafty person and make a lot of things myself - furniture, toys for the kids, decoration for the home etc. I'd LOVE to get to know people who want to make Waldorf-y things with me :P Or just go for walks in nature and talk :)

 

I am starting an in home daycare, which is Waldorf inspired and try to incorporate the general spirit into our home as much as possible with a husband, who knows nothing about it ;) I have a lot of questions, need for discussion and will to share, what I know!

02-07-2013 12:31 PM
MamaNicole

Hello mamas, I come here once in awhile when I get a moment on the computer. My son is 16 months and I'm thinking about Waldorf-inspired homeschooling him depending on where we move to in the spring. 

02-06-2013 02:54 PM
earthmama4

Hi everyone! So glad to see you all coming out of the shadows, lol! I knew you were here. We have quite an ecclectic group here which is wonderful. Lots of different experiences and ideas to share. 

 

 

Brandy - I love those Magic Wool books. Needle felting is such fun. Therapeutic      even! Our babies were born the same years - '08 and '11. :)

 

HellesRise - how wonderful to have a Waldorf charter. We have experienced two charters (though not Waldorf) and I think it is a great alternative.  Yay for a big plastic purge. We are close...just some sippy cups and kids dishes (they're made from recycled so they don't count LOL) and a few toys though they are open ended, I have a Lego fan here....

 

Knittygritty - so happy to have you! There is something so wonderful about the Waldorf classroom. What a wonderful career choice! I would love to hear more about what the educator experience is like. Its something I have considered. 

 

Inkandpaper -sounds like a very warm and loving environment for your daughter! What a gift of love you are giving here to so thoughtfully consider her home environment. Hope you can find a supportive community soon, I know how hard it can be to feel isolated! 

 

WednesdayO - no reason to change something that is working! Homeschooling can be very challenging. I have an educating background too, working in the Early Childhood Program of a public school for 4 years. In hindsight, I think our director was very Waldorf-inspired. She never mentioned the word, but so much of what she taught us is exactly what I encounter when I read books on Waldorf ECE. Like encouraging us to sing rather than use tapes/CD's, absolutely NO screens or computers in the classroom, open-ended art, lots of sensory, baking and cooking together and of only healthy, whole foods, fairy tales and nursery rhymes, a predictable daily routine with alternating active and quiet activities...you get the idea. :)

02-06-2013 10:14 AM
WednesdayO

Hello! I have an 8-year-old daughter and a computer geek/professional husband. I am an education professional myself, and I always fell outside the box a little... so when I found Waldorf it all just clicked.

 

We started our Waldorf path at a Waldorf- and Montessori-inspired home preschool 2 mornings a week, then for her Kindergarten year she attended an amazing Waldorf-inspired home nursery. It was the perfect decision, and she truly flourished. She is currently in 2nd grade at our local Waldorf School, which we LOVE.

 

It isn't always easy, especially when it comes to extended family and friends, but we try to limit media and do whatever is right for us. Over the past few years, we have considered homeschooling, but we are so content where we are that it doesn't seem like a viable option at this time.

02-06-2013 10:00 AM
appalachiamama
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Hi!  I'm a mama to one 7 month old dd, and trying to raise her in Waldorf style (actually kind of a mix between Waldorf and Continuum Concept).  I've done a lot of reading, and am now trying to implement many of the ideas.  We have a good rhythm going, lots of singing, no screen time, and lovely natural material toys (and also some typical plastic toys from the inlaws... haha.  They won't last).  We try to spend time outside, and I wear her in the sling while I do housework and cooking.  I set up a cleaning rotation for myself, so today is kitchen scrubbing day for example.  And a dinner rotation for menu planning, so tonight is soup night.  I'm sparing about recorded music - we sing a lot, but we also have a record player that she loves to watch, so I will often put on a record in the afternoon.  Her daddy plays guitar, so she gets to see real live music too.  

 

Anyway, these are just some ways that I've been able to apply Waldorf ideas to our home life.  We live in the Florida panhandle, and there is Nothing related to Waldorf in the area.  Nada.  No playgroups or meetup or anything.  We are military, though, so we will be moving again next year and I'm hoping to be near a Waldorf community for her preschool years.  :)

 

Nice to meet you all!

 

Nice to meet you!  Your little girl has my birthday!  partytime.gif

02-06-2013 08:10 AM
inkandpaper

Hi!  I'm a mama to one 7 month old dd, and trying to raise her in Waldorf style (actually kind of a mix between Waldorf and Continuum Concept).  I've done a lot of reading, and am now trying to implement many of the ideas.  We have a good rhythm going, lots of singing, no screen time, and lovely natural material toys (and also some typical plastic toys from the inlaws... haha.  They won't last).  We try to spend time outside, and I wear her in the sling while I do housework and cooking.  I set up a cleaning rotation for myself, so today is kitchen scrubbing day for example.  And a dinner rotation for menu planning, so tonight is soup night.  I'm sparing about recorded music - we sing a lot, but we also have a record player that she loves to watch, so I will often put on a record in the afternoon.  Her daddy plays guitar, so she gets to see real live music too.  

 

Anyway, these are just some ways that I've been able to apply Waldorf ideas to our home life.  We live in the Florida panhandle, and there is Nothing related to Waldorf in the area.  Nada.  No playgroups or meetup or anything.  We are military, though, so we will be moving again next year and I'm hoping to be near a Waldorf community for her preschool years.  :)

 

Nice to meet you all!

02-05-2013 05:27 PM
knittygritty Hello! I'm actually not a mother at all (unless you count one cranky feline child), but hope to be a few years down the line. I am an educator with a background in fiber art, which definitely made me interested in Waldorf education. I have done a foundation year in Waldorf Teacher Training, and I hope to finish training to become a Waldorf classroom teacher. I have also done a LOT of independent study of Rudolf Steiner and his philosophies. I'm happy to have a place to discuss Waldorf!
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