Wednesday, June 27

school

We had a lovely time in Devon. Busy, scouting areas to live, visiting a school... Miss 4 travelled well and we found many play grounds for her.



So I finally decided, school it is. Home education (homeschooling in USA) was my ideal, but it has to work for everyone. She loves interacting so much, and having friends, and I have an enormous list of things I want to do (write a book is first....). I believe that no one can offer her what her mama can, but I can't be a young playmate.

Ordinary school just wasn't going to satisfy me, but along comes Steiner schools. Offering a nurturing environment especially in the early years. All about allowing children the joy, simplicity, freedom, and no pressure, that childhood deserves.

We visited the South Devon Steiner school and it's a dream - the kindergarten is like a fairy grotto, the teacher was lovely. Now we wait to hear back from them for a formal offer of a placement for her - they meet today.

10 comments:

  1. Glad you've made a decision that works for you all. I'm sure it will work out as well for you as it did us.

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  2. That sounds perfect! I am sure that she will love her new school!

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  3. wow! My neighbours girl went to that school, she was home schooled until she was 8 and then decided she wanted to go to school. Her mum used to volunteer there as they used to offer reduced school costs I think!? There is proposal in place for a new freeschool in Plymouth at the moment. It will have a heavy emphasis on the arts, dance, dance and culture. They will know by the end of July whether the government has chosen them for funding. You can check out their website if your interested (plymouthschoolofcreativearts). Wishing you well on your new journey xx

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  4. just looked into that creative arts school - wow, that's so cool what they're offering for young people. not what we're after, but it makes me happy that education in uk is headed to good places with such initiatives.

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  5. That's cool about going to school. There are so many great options!! I love hearing about how each works out for different people. I hope to home school and have several more kids but getting them lots of play with other kids is important to me too :)

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  6. Hello there. I just discovered your blog. Ended up reading one of your previous homeschooling posts, ironically (as i have been exploring all options for the future of my 20 month old daughter). Thank you so much for your non-judgemental attitude when it comes to accepting what works best for EACH family. It really IS all about making mindful choices. I've made a pros and cons list for each type of school for my husband (I too, am INFP, so lists are not my "thing" necessarily ;) ) I'm all for home education, but am leaning more towards schooling only because I don't feel I can offer her everything as well....meaning playmates and the social interaction she might need. At 20 months I can already tell she is a very social creature. Not sure what type of schooling we will choose, but enjoying reading about your journey. Very inspiring.

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  7. @ Cassie - i would have been swayed more towards HS if there was a definite and regular meet up with others.

    There is a whole bunch in my area (home-ed has really grown in uk) but it's erratic, which is partly the nature of the thing - people do what and when they can and feel like it.

    i'll like to give my girl a close-knit group of friends, i can see she wants that.

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  8. hi Julie!

    steiner, or something very similar, really was the only choice for us. montessori was a possible, but it's still highly academic for young kids (not what we wanted) and after the early years it's often just a variant of private school.

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  9. Sounds lovely! If there was a Steiner school in our area that I could afford I would definitely send my kids. I love HS but it is a challenge.

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  10. I recently wrote a post about our schooling plans, too, which are always tentative. We're trying homeschool out this year, after that, maybe a homeschool/charter school mix?

    The Steiner school sounds lovely. I think I would have loved a school like that as a child.

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