Waldorf Dilemma

I know it feels like I’m totally neglecting this blog but I’m not really because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m always writing posts in my head. I still have lots to say and really want to share my ideas but our new home is SUCH a mess, there’s SO much work to do to make it liveable it’s totally overwhelming. And of course the kids don’t see the mess at all. They cannot understand why day after day we can’t do this or that because ‘We have to sort the house out’. And then, in the middle of the chaos, we get thrown the opportunity for Edward to attend a Waldorf cooperative starting January.  That is a BIG decision! Anything that smacks of school terrifies Edward and the thought of him being away from me for chunks of the day leaves me feeling nauseous. But I have to investigate further, for his sake. However, I won’t be able to meet the teacher until January which is, of course, crucial to the decision especially because Edward is very ‘advanced’ apparently for his Grade in Waldorf, which is not something the philosophy approves of at all and he would have to be encouraged to ‘slow down’ to maximise the benefits of Waldorf’s developmentally age appropriate curriculum which makes a lot of sense to me but I don’t know how Edward will feel about this.

I’d like to write my thoughts further but I have SO much to do! As I write this, I am surrounded by piles of STUFF that I have to decide what to do with – ideally GIVE IT AWAY of course! Although my husband and I have been tickled by the fact that we’ve been offering our stuff to various workmen, who look very poor to me, coming to do various jobs around the house – and they are turning their noses up at it despite the fact, I at least, found much of it hard to part with! How sad am I!

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Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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2 Responses to Waldorf Dilemma

  1. I personally would have a go at the Waldorf co-op. one of the great things about homeschooling is that you can try so many different opportunities and if they don’t fit your needs you can move on. Being a more gentle approach to education, Edward might find it acceptable.

    • You’re right although we have to be committed, and that includes financially, until June. We have to speak to the teacher and then to Edward. He is very strong-willed and needs to buy into it. We can have a week’s trial but no more. It isn’t long to get a feel for the coming months. Ho hum, I’ll keep you posted and thanks so much for your vote! Much appreciated!

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