I've got both babies on the waiting list for our local Steiner school, they will be starting at their playgroup this year.
I adore the school, the pedagogy sits well with me and it suits our parenting style.
Just wanting to know what you love about your kids school and what you aren't so keen on.
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16-01-2012 19:55 #1
17-01-2012 19:04 #2
I'm not a parent but as a future teacher I'd also be interested to know what people love about sending there kids to Steiner
17-01-2012 19:43 #3Senior Member
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I'm interested too
17-01-2012 20:30 #4
My daughter is starting at a steiner school on 14th Feb!! We are all very excited!!
They're more about teaching the while child and guiding them to fully live and love and learn..
Not a main****** school.. They're learning through play up until 7years old..
2 1/2 hour interview with my daughters kindy teacher involving all of us..
She wanted to know details of child from conception to now.
We didnt want our highly spirited, intelligent, free child to be crushed by the main****** schooling system. It did not sit well with me at all. There is soooo much corruption in this world I would prefer to shield my child from the brainwashing for as long as possibly and provide a strong foundation of what is true and good and real..
Like how to plant and grow fruit and vegetables..
Knit... Read.. Write.. Build.. Learn valuable real hands on skills that she will need when the time comes for this world to change.. Which it will...
An extension of home in other words... But better!!!
17-01-2012 20:33 #5
I'm hoping to send DD to our local Steiner School.
I love everything about it!
I wish I went to a Steiner School!
Hopefully, I can afford to send her. :fingers:
18-01-2012 11:29 #6
Thanks for the replies so far.
VL I really love the way your child is educated as an individual too. I struggled at school because I didn't fit in the square, I only had a short time in a Steiner school as we moved to an area without one.
I was concerned the parents would all be like mine (hippies), but the few I've met aren't at all. I was concerned DH and I wouldn't fit in.
Ours is quite affordable too, for both kids together it ranges between $5,000 to $8,500 for prep-middle school per annum.
They're opening a high school next year, not sure how hefty those fees will be.
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18-01-2012 12:12 #7
Im also considering sending dd to a steiner school... In theory it suits our parenting style and our dd... But then i am a little concerned too that she will end up 'too sheltered.' As in i want her to not always be praised, and to learn how to deal with criticism etc, ie have realistic expectations of the real world and working life after school.
I guess i need to look into it more and actually have a sit down chat with a teacher before we make a decision
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18-01-2012 12:20 #8
ST, I agree. I have similar concerns, although I had 2 ex-Steiner girls on staff in the store I managed and both were great, took criticism well and still had a competitive edge.
Our kids will be doing competitive sports outside of school too, which will also hopefully counteract how sheltered they will be.
Being sheltered isn't too bad a thing either at a young age, establishing your self worth and identity would be easier in this style if schooling, hopefully making for a stronger young adult.
18-01-2012 12:45 #9
I love the nurturing environment at steiner schools, the beautiful surroundings, the connections with the teacher, the sense of community within the children, staff and parents, and I love the adventures my children get to go on. I have two very different children and I think both have gained something from going to a steiner school.
I found the delay in starting reading a little confronting to begin with but I also find the early push to read in the public school system very confronting. However this has not been an issue, my eldest had no issues with reading/writing and has scored in the top 15% in the NAPLAN, so obviously no issues there. Like wise his maths skills are very good and I think he is well placed as we approach his senior high school years. Although one of the bonuses of our school is that it covers kindy - yr 10, and that you don't have that apprehension of your child leaving primary school and entering high school, we are now faced with the decision of where to go for yr 11 & 12 when the time comes.
I don't think kids at steiner schools are sheltered from adults expectations, they have very high expectations of the children's behaviours and will have in depth conversations with the children and parents as opposed to a bandaid solution of detention etc. I do think they are somewhat sheltered from some of the undesirable aspects of high school but they are 'normal' kids who get on facebook, have mobile phones and swear (not at school).
I do think though that every child is different and will have different experiences, likewise you can have quite a difference between steiner schools, I love our school but wouldn't go to the next closest one, go and have a look, talk to people who go there and get a feel for the place.
18-01-2012 12:54 #10
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