Haven't actually begun using the Waldorf curric, just trying to follow the natural-ness of it all. But, I am unshooling with my kids because DH and I want to be with them, know their learning styles and needs best, and don't want to enforce or impose someone else's schedule on them.
As for "home" schooling, we decided based on a few factors. First, and foremost, this...DH looks back at his schooling (though not Waldorf) and feels he learned these things:
1. How to feel inadequate when compared to other students
2. How to "just get by" grade-wise
3. To fail, yet continue on with something as if that was good enough
*Not* good enough for us. At. All.
We both are very involved in our DC's learning experiences. We don't wish to hold them back because someone else feels they should not be ready. Example? Our ds is learning to write and knows many words by sight...*not* because we have taught him. Nope. Have never even asked him if he wanted to. *He* asks *us* all the time, "Mama, can you show me how to make this letter," "Mama, how can i write this?"...
ETA: I don't want to downplay the great stuff W schools have to offer. In fact, I have every intention of sharing much of it if and when the kids are ready. I guess my point (if I have just one
) is that not all schools, all programs, alll ways of learning will be a good fit for any one kid. Waldorf is a great *idea* for the most part
, but it just doesn't seem to be a good fit for our family in some pretty key areas.
Oh, regarding money, our local Waldorfs, and there are a few, have payment plan options, scholarships, and can be somewhat flexible about it. Don't know if that's universal. There are also a couple of good Waldorf "inspired" schools nearby that are free.