Life with Kids at a Waldorf School

Monthly Archives: November 2012

This title is a bit of a misnomer, since in the two months that we’ve been doing this we’ve had very few days that end up as planned, and almost no two have been the same, and yet, I do feel like we’ve established a rhythm.

We were fairly lucky in establishing a “routine” within the second week of school. I’ve been told by other, more experienced, home-schooling mothers that it takes anywhere from a month to a year to feel like you know what’s going on. I feel like on most days I have a pretty good handle on what needs to be done and a plan on how to do it.  Some days, it feels a little out of control. Continue reading


Had conferences with our teacher today. It has been so strange when the teacher seems totally happy. Even the mere word conference sends my child in to a fit of anxiety. 

I explained to her that today’s conference would likely be much different than most, because since she was home with me I could honestly tell her that she was doing splendidly. She did seems to calm down a bit after that. 

We have moments every once in a while. It hurts to realize how much anxiety she was carrying about school on a day to day basis. Again, I am so thankful we’ve found this program. 

How many times have I had someone say that to me? Many more than I can count.

I go round and round with that term. I haven’t decided if I think it’s condescending, an attempt a labeling my child in a positive way, or if it’s just another way to make her feel like an outsider. While I find that I’m constantly amazed by her academic skills, her maturity at least in a traditional school setting seemed to fall to the lowest common denominator. Continue reading

Whew! I can’t believe it. This quarter has flown by, but it’s also been a huge learning curve. I feel like we’ve finally got a pretty good handle on the K12 curriculum and how MNVA uses it.

I’ve been trying to explain to people who ask me how it’s going, how to put in to words just how well it’s going. My child is a different kid than when we started. She’s more confident, she’s HAPPY, she’s less sarcastic. She’s learned how to manage her time well, and I can’t even begin to try to quantify how MUCH she’s learned in ten short weeks! Wow, just WOW!


I’m a proud momma!

This week kicked my butt. I had a two-day conference for work, then got sick and lost my voice.

My 3rd grader was a trooper. She even came to work with me on the second day of the conference to help out. She totally rocked it! I should add she also got all her work done. I’m a proud, but tired momma. 

I’m especially impressed that even with the craziness of my schedule and illness, she stayed on top of her game, and powered through. Grandma and dad had a lot to do with that as well, but she’s really been the driving force keeping up with her work. I’m hoping my voice returns soon, and meanwhile we’re gonna lay low and relax.