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1117Re: [The Indigo Network] 3 Kinds of Alt Schools/new member

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  • Karen Eck
    Dec 9, 2005
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      Just changing the subject line on this very valuable and informative post.
      Thanks Sandra!

      Infinite love is who we are,

      At 04:21 PM 12/9/2005, you wrote:

      >Hello all,
      >Thanks for your emails. My children are 7, 5, & 2. I am very
      >familiar with Waldorf schooling. I believe it is the most child-
      >centered approach available. Teachers have to undergo one year of
      >spiritual training as apart of their curriculum. Montessori and
      >Waldorf differ in that Montessori prefers to keep children in the
      >concrete (i.e. using mini real world objects as toys) Waldorf also
      >uses such toys, however they prefer to keep the child in their
      >natural dream-like state until after 6 or 7. They feel it's a left-
      >brain vs. right brain thing. Both educational approaches do agree
      >that there is a developmental shift at 7. They are both much better
      >than public schools.
      >I personally like Waldorf better based primarily on their notion of
      >keeping a child in the dreamy state. They do not push hardcore
      >academics until that 7-year shift. They believe that not pushing
      >too early is helpful in fostering a love of learning. I had a
      >Montessori teacher ask me over the phone once if my 3 year old had
      >Montessori experience? She sort of snubbed us when I replied no.
      >On another occasion a Montessori teacher asked me if my 6 yr old
      >could read. She wasn't sure they could take him if he couldn't.
      >Those two experiences made me wonder if Montessori wasn't too
      >academic too early.
      >Another interesting education is the Sudbury model. They are
      >democratic schools. Children can work on what they like and
      >intermingle on a campus-like setting with adults. Some children may
      >decide to join in on cooking, while others decide to work on a
      >garden project. These schools are also somewhat hard to find.
      >I'll attach the link below.
      >I wish I could find a nature-based school. Lets say, an old
      >Victorian home with lots of property to roam. Add a bit of
      >Montessori, Waldorf and Sudbury and viola, a rich learning
      >environment (mostly outdoors) with the child-centered approach. How
      >does that sound? Well, we can dream can't we? Have a good weekend
      >http://www.sudburynetwork.org/h a link.
      >Yahoo! Groups Links
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