Sarah Baldwin, M. I graduated from a Steiner high school 2 years ago and I am so thankful for my parents sending me there, it is the best thing they ever did for me; and while it is more expensive, and a lot of work from parents, teachers and students, it is well worth it. In saying that, however, Steiner does not suit every child.
When they are forced to read they have a tendency to hold their breath, which stops the blood flow to their eyes and they can end up having poor vision and needing to wear glasses from an early age. I must admit I picked up books early on, as did one of my brothers. The other brother took a little longer to latch on to reading, spelling and comprehension, but when he got it, it was all smooth sailing from there.
And to Marie, Waldorf education is nothing like a cult. That is such a misinformed opinion! Anytime you leave a school you leave that community behind. You moved away and that was your choice. In high school you receive the maths, science, English, art etc etc practice lessons that you need, and they are carried into the main lessons as well. I know what I would like.
I agree with the class party comment. My boy was in a community center daycare for 5 years going to many parties and playdates for 5 years. Now he attends summer camp with many of the kids and sees them at activities like Karate but never gets invited to parties anymore. Also happened with Kindergarten a constructivist based private school last year.
Waldorf school has been a great fit for him. Math seems OK but probably not on par with where his public school siblings are and both my kids in public and youngest in Waldorf are way way behind the kids in all academic areas compared to the constructivist school which is one of those academic prep types…lots of gifted kids, mine not so much. My eldest son adopted when he was 8 was able to read despite having been diagnosed as Moderately mental retardation.
He would not have done well in Waldorf.
My son in Waldorf school needs a gentle touch but tested spot on average at end of Kindergarten. The kindergarten, constructivist school, insisted he was severely delayed and should repeat kindergarten due solely to academics not social or emotional or age—in fact he was oldest in that class. IQ was average score is , reading was 1. Sorry this got really long. The point was if you can afford it most of us would individualize education by each child. Some do great in public school, some in private, some maybe even boarding, and some in Waldorf or Montosseri or Constructivist.
He can retell stories word for word, is praised to me as best in class at this, memorize poems, songs, is a beast at the 2 languages, so very oral learning. BUT, at 7. However, as I stated in my previous entry, every school is entirely teacher dependent. It sounds as though you had an adequate teacher — great for you. My family, however, did not. Out of three children, only 1 had a decent teacher, the other 2 were fired. One of the teachers was fired for being abusive; the other for lacking the band width to teach even the most basic skills. That said, I have to agree with you that there are many lovely things about a Waldorf education which is why we chose it for our children.
But the opportunity costs — both financial and academic — far exceed the benefits. The teachers are dedicated, hard-working, specialists who are teaching because they are committed to education not because they want free tuition for their own children.
As parents, we need to decide where they can best find this mixture of well-roundedness and academic excellence, and unfortunately, I stand by my belief that it is not through a Waldorf education. Could happen anywhere, right? First off, nothing is free.
Nothing is given away. If you are a Waldorf teacher the tuition is part of your overall benefits package, yes.https://croonersilasa.gq
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Your take home pay reflects that. See- the cost of the tuition is built into the benefits package. Again, nothing is free. These teachers are just as involved, dedicated, spirited as their counterparts in other private and public schools. Marie, where I emphatically agree with you is when you say we are entering a tough world. Plenty of Waldorf graduates are on that already. More are on the way. They will be ready to meet the challenges of their world. Not our world, mind you. On that note, I have this conversation with plenty of family and friends and quite simply the world is morphing in front of our eyes, the ground is shifting below our feet.
We are all grasping at something we have no clue about in terms of what the world will look like in 25 years, much less how to prepare our kids for it. I have a feeling that regardless of the pedagogy that we follow in that preparation, there will be a great need for all of our kids. Reading through these comments, it becomes very clear that not all Waldorf educations and schools are equal. At the school my kids attended, the teachers received a base salary between 38, — 54, depending upon experience.
They also received the huge benefit of free tuition for all of their children. In one case, a teacher had 3 kids in the grade school and 2 in our high school. This benefit was offered to every specialty teacher, classroom teacher, office worker, and grounds keeper — over 42 kids were getting a free ride with the rest of us paying the way.
Many of the teachers had spouses with high income-earning jobs which would have allowed them to easily pay tuition. As for what the future holds, I can only assume that reading and basic math skills will still be a necessity. Thank you for this explaination. I am not involved in Waldorf, other than as an interested individual, but what I read and understand in regards to Waldorf makes me believe that their emphasis on healthy, loving child development will provide children with the internal skillset they will need to meet any challenge life will bring them. Marie, Interesting comment about the language.
My daughter is in first grade at a Waldorf school and learning Spanish and Japanese. Every day I am amazed at her ability to integrate words she has learned in both these languages and at the amount she has learned. It is mind blowing to me what she has retained in only 4 months.
I love that she is getting an education that is developmentally appropriate. I could go on and on. Thanks for the great article! Waldorf education is so fascinating once you learn the depth of the philosophy and then how modern day science backs it up. CJ, my son too. His Russian after just a few months is amazing. My son is an oral learner it seems.
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I am appreciative of the many thoughtful responses that my post on how reading is taught in a Waldorf school has received. I welcome differences of opinion and a lively dialogue. My sincere thanks to all of you who have taken the time to share your thoughts. There have been recent comments, however, that have strayed far off the topic of learning to read. Otherwise they may not be approved. I am wondering if it is an benefit or detriment if your preschool child already enjoys reading and enrolls in a Waldorf-Steiner Method school?
Will she love the oral learning and be able to go through all of the lessons that spark her imagination? Has anyone had this experience? This is what I am wondering as well.
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Me and my twin taught ourselves how to read at age four by reciting toddler books and connecting the sounds with the letters easier in our language, english has a lot of inconsistencies in vowel sounds. We only went to a waldorf school after 4th grade and loved it. Since learning difficulties, dyscalculia and dyslexia run in my family I think early interest should definitely not be discouraged.
Thanks for your comment, Areva. As I described in my post, one of my two children taught himself to read at four without any instruction.
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