1117Re: [The Indigo Network] 3 Kinds of Alt Schools/new member
- Dec 9, 2005Just changing the subject line on this very valuable and informative post.
Infinite love is who we are,
At 04:21 PM 12/9/2005, you wrote:
>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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