That is, until Jax and I walked into this last week at the Upper Valley Waldorf School Winter Fair:
And I was smitten. And still am. And I'm trying to get Jax on the waiting list for preschool here.
It's not really a preschool (although they do offer that, too); it's like a pre-preschool, one morning per week with a parent accompanying him. Kind of like the perfect bridge to preschool--a little hand-holding for my little guy who loves holding hands.
So, to explain, the local Upper Valley Waldorf School had its annual Winter Fair last week, and since Jax's friend Harper attends and this is their big fundraiser, I wanted to show some support. Plus, I've been feeling a little crafty lately, and was intrigued to find out more about this school where there are no synthetic toys or materials and where the children play and learn in a school that feels like a home. I wanted to check it out with my cynical public school teacher eyes.
And what I saw was a joyful, intelligent, imaginative, appreciative, children-centered school environment, where the students were proud of their school and were willing to support it however they could.
By playing Christmas music to the Winter Fair attendees on their violins:
And when we left I bought a make-my-own King Winter that my niece Erika graciously helped me assemble with the help of some colored pencils and glue.