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First of all, thank goodness I have found this forum!! I was desperate for some straight forward answers!!<br><br>
I went to a festival this weekend that had vendors, and one of them was a small booth for an up and coming Waldorf based school. It is a public charter school, tuition free, and is still in the planning stages. They hope to open it in about two years, starting at kindergarten through third, eventually going all the way to the eight grade. I am absoulutely thrilled with this, as much of the teaching methods and philosophy aligns perfectly with our parenting style and lifestyle.<br><br>
I've found a few negative claims that the school is "racist". I'm just assuming this is not true as the woman that approached me was hispanic, and we live in a mostly hispanic area..<br><br>
But, I do have a few concerns.<br><br>
#1. The no tv/no computer thing. Obviously, computers are in my families life as I am currently typing on one. We typically don't allow tv during the day (our girls, 2 years and 7 months, have in home care by a relative that follows our parenting style) except one episode of sesame street and the rest of the day the radio is on. Is this "damaging", as some have claimed? I felt that we are pretty conservative in our tv watching ways, but I guess not. DH and I are also computer-aholics, but again, like the tv, we only indulge after the kids have gone to bed. Will we be outcasts because we have have a tv and computers?<br><br>
#2. Do the students still learn the same subjects and material as traditional students? Such as Algebra, for example?<br><br>
#3. I've heard that the girls must wear a dress and the children can't use black crayons? Is this true?<br><br>
If your child attends a waldorf school, are there expectations that you and your family follow outside of the school in your home and in your life? What are they?<br><br>
How old is your child and what is a typical day at a waldorf school in their grade level?<br><br>
Sorry for so many questions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We're future waldorf homeschoolers. Actual "schooling" doesn't really start until 1st grade in most cases, though just about every Waldorf school will have a Kindy and Pre-Kindy and/or parent and tot program- though the "schooling" varies by school.<br><br>
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Not so much as expectations.. but if you're going the way of Waldorf it is much, much more than a schooling option <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> For most, it's a way of life. I find it most helpful (and have found that others do as well) to incorporate Waldorf as much as possible into your daily life.<br><br>
Have you known about waldorf before? I'd recommend picking up a couple of books on the matter.... How old are your children? Do you have a daily rhythm? We're somewhat new to waldorf but that was our first step and pretty much the framework for our whole day at this point and I don't know where we'd be w/o it!<br><br>
I wish they'd open up a tuition free school near me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I only know of one waldorf school in the area and boy do I not have that kind of money!! I wish I did, but I don't. Perhaps sometime in the future <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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#1. The no tv/no computer thing. Obviously, computers are in my families life as I am currently typing on one. We typically don't allow tv during the day (our girls, 2 years and 7 months, have in home care by a relative that follows our parenting style) except one episode of sesame street and the rest of the day the radio is on. Is this "damaging", as some have claimed? I felt that we are pretty conservative in our tv watching ways, but I guess not. DH and I are also computer-aholics, but again, like the tv, we only indulge after the kids have gone to bed. Will we be outcasts because we have have a tv and computers?</div>
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Well first of all, it applies to the children, not the parents, IMHO. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And, in my experience, you'll be far from the only one who's children watch a little TV. To be honest, even mine did at first. However we did eventually wean ourselves from it and felt immediate benefit, and now it's a non-issue. Even though Dh has a huge one on the wall in the living room. LOL. It's not even a topic. As for the radio on, we do listen sometimes, but I find it just adds extra noise to 'fill' and makes the kids a little crazy. When I first became a SAHM I also had it on often since I was raised in a constant background noise (in our case, TV, all the time, even Christmas morning!) home. Again, eventually I got used to the silence a little more and frankly once the kids are older, there's little silence anyway. LOL! Especially since it's a public charter, I would highly doubt you would be the only family new to Waldorf and I would hope, regardless, no one would make you feel like an outcast!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">#2. Do the students still learn the same subjects and material as traditional students? Such as Algebra, for example?</td>
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Mine are littler, so I can't answer this as well as others here could, but eventually they get to everything, and then some. For example, Academics do not start until First Grade, however by Third grade or so they've "caught" up to a typical school in core subjects, yet have learned so many other things on top of it (off the top of my head: music, foreign language(s), knitting, crocheting, hand-sewing, movement, singing, etc. )<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">#3. I've heard that the girls must wear a dress and the children can't use black crayons? Is this true?</td>
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I suppose every school sets their own dress code. Here, simpler is better. It's less distracting for the children and frankly, especially with girls, I think better that their clothing become LESS of an interest and topic. In my experience, the girls do not only wear dresses. Also, they did not use black crayons/pencils until First Grade at our school. You can google a better answer to that topic than I could give.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">If your child attends a waldorf school, are there expectations that you and your family follow outside of the school in your home and in your life? What are they?</td>
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Can you be more specific? Do you mean No Media or Volunteering at the school or?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">How old is your child and what is a typical day at a waldorf school in their grade level?</td>
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Check out a few websites for Waldorf Schools in your area and you will probably see curriculums listed for each grade. All classes have 'rhythm' to their day, but it's going to vary by school/teacher/grade.<br><br>
Or here is a site with some basic information:<br><a href="http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/02_W_Education/curriculum.asp" target="_blank">http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/02_W_...curriculum.asp</a><br><br>
I hope it works out for you! I'm envious of a tuition-free Waldorf education! I hear rumors of such mystical things existing. LOL.
 
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