Hi, Ok since we decided to homeschool we are thinking of how to teach. She wants to let him go on Leapfrog to make learning fun. I relive it has to be fun but I don't like the idea of computers. Advice? Thanks.
Leapfrog is not compatible with Steiner education at any stage really.
In the early years it is all about providing meaningful work to copy - baking bread, sweeping, caring for dolls etc - lots of outdoor play, and beginning handwork to develop fine motor skills. My daughter's class started with finger strings, beeswax modelling, painting/drawing, some wet felting and simple woodwork. This year they are doing more woodwork and also French knitting.
Oral story telling and singing are also important. There were no printed materials in my DD's kindy class. Songs were memorised through practice and story's were all told using props.
Steiner is a very specialised method. I don't think you can expect your neighbour to provide a Steiner education if she has no experience with it. She would need to do hours of reading and researching, not to mention finding the resources. Unless she has a keen interest in it herself then I doubt she is going to be able to commit to that.
Kittykat, over the weeks many members have made recommendations to you about Waldorf education. You have talked about how you believe in it wholeheartedly even to the point of being willing to drive hours a day to get that education. Your post about using Leapfrog comes off as really out of synch with the values you've been saying you have for Waldorf. I am wondering if you've researched Steiner and Waldorf enough to know that it is your choice?
I am not a Waldorf parent but I can remember as a new mom, being very absorbed by the book You are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin, a frequent contributor to the old Mothering Magazine. I am wondering if you have read this book yet? It is a great introduction to Waldorf in the early years that you are in right now with your little one. I think it will answer most of your questions and resolve your worry AND give you a firm direction to go in for a while. Regular Waldorf parents can correct me if I am wrong.
It just comes across a bit like you are wandering around in the dark on this, and there are so many resources that could help you make informed decisions.
"You Are Your Child’s First Teacher was the first book in America to popularize the insights of Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools, regarding the developmental needs of young children. This revised and updated edition offers new ways for parents and educators to enrich the lives of children from birth to age six."