Waldorf preschool, here we come!

A little over a week ago, I wrote about our (then) upcoming two-hour preschool interview to find out if a home-based Waldorf-inspired preschool was a good fit for Ava and if Ava was a good fit for the preschool. It turns out the interview wasn’t nearly as daunting as I thought it would be. It mostly amounted to Jody and me talking about what a great kid Ava is (because she really is a great kid on most days – Saturday was not one of those days, but that’s neither here nor there).

We talked about my pregnancy with Ava, her birth, her early years (wait, she’s 3 – isn’t she still in her early years?), what life is like at our house, our discipline philosophy, how much TV she watches, what she likes to play with, etc. And we heard from the preschool teacher about the Waldorf philosophy*, her discipline practices (in a word – gentle), what forms we need to have filled out, teacher home visits, parent meeting nights and work days, festivals, the checklist for the first day of school, what their days consist of, safety and health info in the preschool handbook, what foods are off limits for lunches (no peanut butter since a boy who attends on the days opposite of Ava has a severe allergy and no sweets because it’s unWaldorfian – hehe, I just made that word up), her thoughts on TV/DVD watching (if it makes it’s way into the preschool repeatedly – like if Ava was always saying “let’s play ‘Annie’” – which she actually does with me sometimes oops! – and trying to coerce the kids into playing ‘Annie’ or some such thing – then we will have to cut back) and several other things.

We easily could have filled up more than two hours talking (I think we went slightly over two hours as it was), but I felt the need to get back home to my kids to make sure they weren’t running amok while Aunt Carrie watched the both of them together for the very first time. (All was well. They all did great! Julian was even sleeping when we got home.)

Jody and I feel this preschool is a great match for Ava and are sure she’s going to enjoy it and thrive being a part of this program. The teacher is so calm and nurturing and does very well with the children. I wish it didn’t cost an arm and a leg, but I guess, in this case, you get what you pay for. I started having a bit of anxiety right after we signed the contract signing Ava up for two mornings per week because I really am unsure how we are going to pay for it, but we will work something out. We have to. We’re in it for the school year now! ;)

Just this past Saturday we went back to the school for an open house/welcome to preschool tea. Unfortunately, we’d had a rough morning at our house so Ava wasn’t her usual self and got into a few squabbles with some of the kids over various toys, but overall it went well. We got to meet one of the other girls who will be attending on the same days as Ava, and we already know one of the boys who will be going with her as well from our AP group. We drank tea, ate scones, played in the yard (which has a great playhouse/castle thing, a big sandbox, jump ropes, watering cans, bubbles, balls and all of the chalk a 3-year-old could possibly need, as well as a burbling water fountain, flowers, and gnomes and fairies in the garden) and played in the house/preschool (which has some wonderful wooden toys, a little kitchen, little tables, play silks, dishes, soft dolls, cars, puzzles and all sorts of other neat stuff designed to spark the imagination).

Preschool for Ava begins on Thursday. :) We still need to go shopping for a few things for her to keep at the school – indoor shoes (different from the ones she will wear outside) and a sun hat (so we will have one for at home). We also have to put together a change of clothes and a sweater to leave at school, and of course her nutritious lunch (without sweets) which will go with her each day. :)

Speaking of lunch, I’m hungry I think I’m going to get her a new lunch box. (We had one for her summer camp at the farm, but I have grown tired of all of the waste involved.) I’ve been eyeing this one. It’s a bit pricey, but it looks awesome and I love that there is zero waste (plastic bags, etc.) from it. I really love the idea behind these laptop lunch kits (AKA bento boxes) and am sure I will write more about it another time.

Stay tuned as there is sure to be an update from Ava’s first day, as well as pics, later this week! :)

* The Waldorf method was founded by a man named Dr. Rudolph Steiner in the early part of the twentieth century. He believed very strongly that education should not only engage the minds of children, but the bodies and spirits as well. These elements are not treated as separate; the Waldorf method is designed to educate all of them in concert.

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26 thoughts on “Waldorf preschool, here we come!

  1. Woo hooo!!! Miss Ava is going to have so much fun! And they are going to just adore her :) I’m eager to hear how your – I mean her! – first day goes!

  2. That sounds like a great pre-school! I love that lunch box, too. We don’t really have a need for it right now but I’m going to keep it in mind for when we do.

  3. Hello,
    I am sorry it has taken me so long to stop by and see how you are doing. I didn’t forget about you. I have just been extremely busy.

    I am glad to hear that you are putting her in Waldorf. It is one of my favorites. I can’t afford it. But it was at the top of my list for a school for my son.

    My son just started preschool 2 weeks ago. And it is on a farm. Kind of like the one you talked about it the past. I like that one you spoke of so much that I just had to enroll my son in this one. So thanks for the idea. I hope to hear from you soon.

    I am glad to see you still have your AP store and are involved with all of that still.

    Send me a message sometime and we will get to know each other all over again.

    Good luck with Ava’s school!

  4. That preschool sounds amazing!!

    You will figure out the $$ thing… that kind of stuff has a way of working itself out. What an experience you’re providing for Ava!

    My daughter’s first day of preschool was today… amazing how they grow up so fast!

  5. Wonderful news! I’ve been eager to hear the news! When a family and preschool environment mesh, amazing things will happen. We put our young 3 year olds into Montessori and now 2-3 years later we can see the philosophy unfold in our lives in the most wonderful ways. The foundation that you chose is very important and you’ve taken the important steps to offer all you can to Ava and her learning. Ava will remember the richness of her education (the silks and the acting of a butterfly BEING a butterfly and learning valuable tools along the way!) and will thank you with her willingness to learn and love of learning. Congratulations, you’re going to have a wonderful year!!! :)

  6. It seems those first few days of School are so emotional and probably harder on us Mom’s then our children. It sounds like you have found a great match for your daughter

    Good luck!
    J

  7. I’m so glad you got Ava into that school. It sounds like a WONDERFUL beginning! I wonder if there is some sort of financial aid alternatives for parents, as most private schools offer tuition assistance for those families who need it. Can’t wait for the pictures!

  8. Hope Ava enjoys the new preschool. Kate & Jack started today!

    And before you buy that lunch box, I have a discount code for that site. Just need to find what I did with it!

  9. Good luck! Love the lunchbox! I tried the “bagless” approach but my boxes kept getting thrown away! Now, we just re-use the plastic bags all week… go figure… he couldn’t keep the re-usable boxes, but the ziptop bags, he brings home!

    Good luck! Sounds like you are all going to like the school!1

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  11. Hi there Amy, i just came across this old post of yours. If you are still involved with Waldorf eduction you might like to have a look at my Indoor shoes.
    Hand dyed and natural fiber they are made especially for the Waldorf Steiner classroom 0- and at home of course!!

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