Jared and I are planning to homeschool Fae. We quickly eliminated the thought of public schooling a year or so back–and for so many mutual reasons that it was barely a discussion. Jared has worked in the public school system, has experienced the chaos, and combine that with our well-researched choices–no vaccinations as of yet and an all-natural diet to name but two–and public schooling just won’t support our lifestyle. We also want to approach our child(ren)’s education in a more well-rounded manner.
There seem to be some great private school options, be they Montessori, Waldorf, traditional-type schools with inspired teachers, or what you will. But homeschooling suits us best–partly because I’ve become so passionate and excited about the prospect of it. And, when comparing choices, homeschooling just feels right.
So I’ve been reading up on Montessori and Waldorf education. It may seem early, with Fae being just 18 months old, but these aren’t just ways of educating a child, they’re ways of living, and can weave right into your homelife. Parents can start to incorporate Montessori and Waldorf ways from birth–something that I’ve been doing all along, and I’m sure many natural-parenting mom’s are doing without even realizing.
I’ve gone back and forth as to which style to choose for homeschooling. I’m currently thinking that I may combine the two styles, somehow. There are so many ways that Waldorf and Montessori could compliment each other, and in such a beautiful way. But, in doing that there would be some philosophical conflicts. I’d have to pick one style, and add in complimentary tidbits from the other. As you can see, I have more research and contemplating to do–not that homeschooling needs to be exhaustively thought-out or complicated. I’m just so pleased with what I’ve read so far, and incredibly excited at our choice of education for our daughter.
Fae is wandering around our apartment, doing toddler things. She works so hard when playing. It’s absolutely adorable.
I’d love to hear people’s opinions in regard to Waldorf and Montessori education. Please let me know if you have experience with either and what you like or dislike about each. Thank you for your comments–I just love comments in general.