As of now, we have been accepted to BOTH Waldorf schools in our area. I like them both a lot for a variety of reasons, we still need to weigh the feasibility and a few other concerns. I’ll hear back from the lion’s share of the other schools in the first week of April, so I need to continue to keep an open mind moving forward. It is really exciting to know that we’ve been accepted somewhere however, I’m also continuing not to rule out online school, and in fact other homeschool options. I have a close friend who will be homeschooling her children, and while they are quite a bit younger, the age of my younger preschooler, they get a long very well with my children and we may be able to figure out a way to “share” in the homeschooling responsibilities.

Late at night when I’m talking with my husband, I have often brought up the idea of starting a Charter school, or other school that would fulfill most of my daughters needs. It’s a fantasy that I keep in mind to make my feel more empowered.

I know next to nothing about school administration, and even less about curriculum development, however, I know that “spirited” children like my child are often ostracized in the traditional school settings and it is very discouraging. I have a friend who’s young child has already been struggling to find a place and watching what that mother is going through, knowing I was in exactly the same place make me want to DO something.

Spirited in our society is seen in a variety of ways, almost none flattering, and the usual response I get from people is to medicate my child for ADHD or some other hyperactivity.

My child has been tested, and does bare some of the “markers” of a ADHD child, however, we were told at the time she was tested that 1) she was definitely not a candidate for medication and 2) sometimes highly intellectual children’s’ maturity develops slower, or they are bored out of their minds so they goof off. What distresses me is that there are absolutely no accommodations for what I consider fairly normal squirrely behavior in CHILDREN. It seems to me in some of these schools that they are looking for these children to act like mini-adults, and I don’t think that’s a healthy attitude to have towards a child. I’ll be the first to tell you my child is not perfect, but since when is PERFECTION the standard measurement of a child? Seems like a lot of pressure if you ask me, and a huge let down once you realize as an adult that constant perfection is unattainable.

All this to say that while I think the Waldorf’s are a very viable option, in fact maybe the most viable option. It frustrates me that there isn’t an accommodating free option. But that is probably another post.

-CM

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