Well I was wrong. There is a Waldorf school in San Jose (and at $9k a year I still can’t afford it). It’s a very small school, it only has Pre, Kinder and 1st (next year expanding to 2nd, with plans to stop at 5th) BUT the owner is very smart and is marketing a niche. Enrichment programs for homeschoolers. I looked at their offerings and discovered that Fridays are their “Nature Awareness Day” where they spend the entire school day at Sanborn Park, rain or shine. This is PERFECT for Ike. And at a cost of less than $2k for the academic year, affordable.
So I arranged for a School Tour for us today. We got to meet the owner, next years 1st grade teacher, got to hang out in the Pre/Kinder room (where the girls happily joined in the activity, playing and then making pasta) and got to observe the 1st grade class in session (only 3 kids!!!! How cool is that???) and I fell in love with the place. I think its perfect for Ike and the rest of the family.
So for the last few weeks, I’ve been reading everything I could get my hands on regarding Waldorf education. The more I read the more impressed I am. Especially after seeing it in action. It just kills me that I can’t send all the kids there…I think they all would just thrive. Yes, yes, I’m planning on homeschooling using a Waldorf-based curriculum. I’m still suffering the doubts of “Am I doing the right thing?” And I probably will continue to do so. It’s a natural pitfall of being a Mom. The constant second guessing myself and my decisions. I still do think it’s the best thing I can do for the kids, especially Ike.
However, I did get so inspired by what I saw today, I thought for a moment. How do I afford giving my kids this education? And it hit me…Duh! Become part of the Faculty! If I love this so much to give it to my kids, why not learn how to give it to other kids. I LOVED what I saw today, and part of me really wants to be part of it! (Again, as a Homeschooler, I would be a part of it...but you know what I mean.)
From my reading I know that there’s Ruldof Steiner College up in Fair Oaks. So I bopped over to their website and discovered that its only a 2 year program to get the credential. Bonus! There’s a part time weekend program in San Francisco! (Is this what you’ve been doing labelleizzy ?) That method takes 3 years, it would cost more in the long run, but it gives me the ability to continue to Homeschool my kids and work on my own education.
This is something I must ponder much more thoroughly…