Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Grace's Waldorf Experience...so far

(a page from her Botany main lesson book)

We are a full 5 months into Grace's school year and I've yet to give an update on how it's going for her after moving from the grammar school to The Waldorf School.  I anticipated a bit of a honeymoon period or regret at having moved away from her friends and the school that she attended for 5 years, but she's yet to express anything but gratitude and joy at being able to attend Waldorf.

So far, Waldorf has been a perfect fit for Grace and she literally loves everything about it.  Their philosophy of learning and teaching is pretty different than anything Grace has experienced prior to this year and she is really responding to it.  One of my main goals for my children's education is that they become critical thinkers and life long learners.  Also, I want them to find joy in the process of learning.  Waldorf is doing a beautiful job at incorporating the whole child into their curriculum and pulling and tugging at the various ways that children learn- some obvious and others not so much.  I'm not in any way intimating that Waldorf is perfect (no school is) but that it is feeding a part of Grace that we were worried was being slowly lost.  It is a wonderful thing to watch her blossom and grow stronger in who she is both during school and out of school.

On a side note, I have found it fascinating to watch how much Grace has responded to the sort of materials that they use at Waldorf.  From the fountain pens, to the colored pencils, to the heavy paper they use for main lessons books, the materials are very high quality.  This fact has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated by Grace.  

3 comments:

  1. What a wonderful gift you are able to give her.

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  2. How wonderful to get news of one of Grace's classes. Botany. That's great! Very nice labeled sketch, and very original creative description. We are proud, and so very happy Grace is flourishing at Waldorf.

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  3. I have been meaning to email you and pick your brain about this school. I looked one up in St Louis, and I am thinking it might be a good fit for my Luke!?

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