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LifeWays: Done!!! Although I do not have my certificate. It will come in the mail. After class yesterday (with Suzanne Down no less) we went out to dinner to celebrate. This has been an amazing soul-feeding experience for me. And in these last few months, I've felt it isn't nearly enough. I feel like I've been given an appetizer to Waldorf Education and there is a whole lot more out there for me to experience....

Which led me to the idea of...

Teacher Training: For the last few months, I've been considering taking Waldorf Teacher Training. Considering it to the point that I have the application forms filled out and ready to mail. Its a grueling 3 year program. Every Friday night and every Saturday morning in El Sobrante for the Academic Year. Plus a four week-five full day Summer intensive. I feel a great need to do this program. I can't not imagine not doing it. That being said. Wow. That's kinda intense and bat-shit insane when you have four kids 8 and under and live 70 miles and a probable 2 hour commute away. Oh, and lets not forget the cost. Comes in around $8K a year. Which, now that I think about it is cheaper than the kids tuition.

Speaking of kids tuition....

Homeschooling: Not going forward with it. To be brutally honest. Ain't nobody happy. Except maybe Gray...'cause he's such a happy and mellow kid. But I have to say it needed to happen. Ike really needed these last two years to settle down some and come more into his own. I think he's ready for a classroom. But there is no way in hell I'd ever put him in a public school classroom. So, we have officially enrolled the big three kids at Njeri's Morning Glory, a small waldorf school. We've gotten a tuition adjustment (thank goodness!) And I've gotten a soft job offer for a new program at the school....

which leads to....

More schooling for me. I'm currently enrolled at UCSC Extension taking Early Childhood Education classes. What a mickey mouse class. I can't stand it! And its not the information I can't handle, the information is good stuff, and its actually a well written text book. Its the bullshit, waste of time, really learn nothing except regurgitation assignments. Bleh!!! I'm back to playing a game that I got tired of in Junior High School. But I can play it (and play it well) for the 24 units I need (to create the program Njeri is envisioning) and the 35 for the certificate. (Figure what the hell? If I have to take 24 I might as well take a few more classes and get the damn certificate...may come in handy someday. It is tax deductible after all.). I just hope later classes are better and less worshipping at the Grand Altar of Bullshit. That is the one thing I really valued this LifeWays year...the assignments stretched me! So for now, I'll sit in the back row and knit my way through my classes.

But where does that put Teacher Training?

On the back burner for at least one academic year. I can't do both. And to be honest, it gives me another year to improve my health, let the kids get bigger (let the girls get off my etheric, so I only have one child using that connection instead of 3.) and hopefully settle into our new rhythm of almost everyone in school.

Whew! Been busy!

Comments

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allanh
Jun. 20th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Are there any suitable Waldorf programs at Rudolf Steiner College in SF? It would be an easier commute for you than El Sobrante...

http://www.steinercollege.edu/
aelfie
Jun. 20th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
In my LifeWays class there were several classmates that have already taken Teacher Training so I was able to pick their brains. Both programs are about equal. The El Sobrante seems to focus more on the "why's" and the SF program on the "hows". They are both good programs. Its all about logistics at this point. At El Sobrante I can either camp on campus Friday night, or drive 40 minutes or so to Concord to Grams house. In SF I HAVE to drive home as students are not allowed to camp out on the campus at night. And the commute is about equalivent. And classes start butt early in the morning.
allanh
Jun. 20th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
And there's probably nobody in or near SF who you could stay with on Friday nights. argh. Understood.
aelfie
Jun. 20th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
There might be, but I don't really like the idea of imposing on them for three years you know? (Most of my LifeWays classmates are in SF)
inflectionpoint
Jun. 20th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
check with labelleizzy - she is finishing the waldorf program this summer. I think the program in El Sobrante arranges for places for you to stay during the weekend portions, so you don't have to do a huge commute like that each day.

check with her about the details, it may be easier to manifest than you'd think. and she's been very very happy with it so far...
aelfie
Jun. 20th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
The one benefit of my LifeWays is that several of my classmates already went through teacher training and I was able to pick their brains the last couple of months. I know you can camp out on campus, so I can either do that or drive 40 minutes to my Grams house. =) I'll get to visit with her and my mom every week...not a bad deal. Its more that leaving Joe every single weekend and having him to come home early every single friday for three years that a bit daunting.
inflectionpoint
Jun. 21st, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Ah. That is a challenging thing to face - for both of you.

Any chance there's someone you know who could take a Friday now and then for him? Maybe that would make this more do able, when it is time to do it...
mollygm
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a terrible class. We never had to do that. Merritt was a really good place to go for ECE.
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