Post 288: Waldorf

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I was invited into Luke’s class today to help the kids with blowing eggs for easter. A few things emerged.

  1. The fact that they blow eggs at all is remarkable.
  2. The teacher calmly reminded me that it is OK if the kids struggle a bit to finish blowing there egg. Some kids were done in a minute and some in twenty minutes, no judgement, no difference, just support and calm encouragement.

I don’t know a lot about Waldorf Education, but the more I learn the more I appreciate it. It fits well with our past play friendly, confidence developing classes and books that speak to us.

Like many alternative: schooling techniques it is met with a certain amount of head scratching, the comment that sticks out in my head is “Oh, there is no structure in those types of schooling”

Perhaps nothing could be further from the truth.

In Luke’s Kindergarten class it is quiet and calm all day long . Twenty seven 5-7 year olds and they play focused and are at ease. The teacher is not commanding any of this, it just seems to be a natural by product of the Waldorf belief system.

I so enjoyed this quote from Rudolf Steiner, (an Austrian philosopher, author, social reformer, architect and esotericist) and man responsible for Waldorf schooling, I put a copy on our refrigerator.

May there reign here spirit-strength in love;
May there work here spirit-light in goodness;
Born from certainty of heart,
And from steadfastness of soul,
So that we may bring to young human beings
Bodily strength for work, inwardness of soul, and clarity of spirit.

Day Two Thirty Six

On the same day Luke falls off a jungle gym and shakes it off Lily says to me as we are driving:

“Me eyes hot”

She had the sun in her eyes. I told her I would pull the shade up on the window when I had a chance and she said ok. At that time this tune was playing on my kids playlist:

You Were Meant To Be Here

I burst into tears in my 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan because it all became clear, I was meant to be here right now with these kids. I was meant to hear the voice mail from Luke’s school and then play it cool when I picked him up, letting him tell me about what happened. I was meant to acknowledge Lily using a full sentence for the second time in her life to ask for help.

They say it all goes by so fast and I know it is true and I only wish I have a moment to cherish each day as I have had today.

Day Two Thirty Five

eating serious noodles confidently
eating serious noodles confidently

I was just called by Luke’s school. He had fallen off the monkey bars on to his back and had the wind knocked out of him. They iced him and had him relax in the office. When the office person asked if he wanted her to call mom and dad to let them know he was all right, he said,

“No, you don’t need to do that, I’m all right. Can I go back to class now?”

I feel that defines a very self confident moment and I love you Luke.

Day Two Twenty Five

Hmmm,

At preschool Luke rarely ate his lunch, often to comical ends, like this.

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Now, at the end of several weeks of Kindergarten and he has eaten his entire lunch every day. Something needs to be contemplated here.

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Since I was not there for his lunch time at his preschool nor his lunchtime at kindergarten, I can only guess what is going on here. I believe his pre-school has a very informal lunch approach, kids can basically eat when they want, which of course is a good thing for three or four year old, but maybe not so good for a five year old?

My assumption is that lunchtime at his new school is a set time and place, I know it is in fact and it is very formalized, they lay down a cloth napkin. Set there food out on it, then lay another cloth napkin over the top. They then have recess so when they come back in they are all set for chow.

I think that when Luke sits down and is surrounded by kids eating, he figures, OK, nothing else to do, might as well eat my lunch.

Its a really good thing for a guy like Luke, because he would be so hungry after school that he was barely capable of speech. Now he is in better spirits and it does not feel like a mad rush to get him a meal at 2:30 in the afternoon.