(a page from her Botany main lesson book)
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.