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Starting Waldorf in 4th Grade

I'm just exploring lots of options here. My son just isn't happy in school (maybe? I don't know). Anyways, I wonder if a different approach may rekindle his love of learning. He does fine academically, but just seems unhappy with the constant drill, drill, drill.


So, did anyone start Waldorf in the middle school years and how did it go?
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Not middle school but my DS started Waldorf in the middle of 2nd grade. He wasn't happy in his 'normal' school and really flourished in the Waldorf School. I had worried that since he hadn't started in pre-K/K like most of the other kids, it would be a problem. It wasn't at all. He had to get used to things like eurythmy, but that went very quickly.

Anyway, it depends on the school/teachers/other kids/your DC, but I think Waldorf can work really well for kids at all stages of their lives.
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I know this post is a couple of months old, but I just had to respond. I am a Waldorf teacher and I've mostly taught the upper grades. I've had several students join my classes in the upper grades and they have most often been wonderfully positive experiences. 4th grade is a really easy time to enter -- the subjects that your child hasn't had yet haven't become so academic it will be difficult to catch up.

I've had lots of students enter in grade 6 and it was the most amazing thing to watch the healing and nourishment that happened for them. Over the course of the first few months at our school, these students relaxed and soaked in the imaginative content in such a satisfying way.
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My sons heading into 4th as well and he enjoys his school so he is not open to the idea of switching. If you end up enrolling your son in a waldorf school please share.
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I started waldorf with my oldest when she was in 4th. She thrived with it. I agree with teacher above that the material learned prior to 4th won't be missed so your child will ease into it easily. 4th-5th grade is a great time to come to Waldorf because the lessons are just the perfect mix of imagination, exploration and learning.
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