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Kindergarten Spring Concert

This has been such a wonderful year of growth for Brianna.  She has been so lucky to have an absolutely wonderful Kindergarten experience.  I have watched her form strong bonds with her classmates and teachers, learn how to read, wake up with excitement to go to school and blossom into a confident and happy little girl.  I’m so thankful.

This week she had her Spring Concert at school.  It was a farming theme and the children were so adorable singing together.  Brianna has had the most amazing teacher this year.  She is what a Kindergarten teacher should be.  She puts emphasis on imagination and play and is kind, nurturing and in control of her classroom. She’s so wonderful that she received Teacher of the Year.  We are very lucky to have had her and will miss her so much.

Brianna’s class even incubated and raised ducklings this year.  It was an amazing hands-on experience for her and the children. We considered keeping a few until we did our homework and realized how much care and upkeep was involved, especially during the winter months.  Ducks are wonderful but are a ton of work and are very messy.

The concert was adorable.  I had received a note from Brianna’s teacher awhile back telling me how compassionate and kind she was.  There is a girl in Bree’s class with Downs Syndrome and Brianna has modeled true acceptance, love and kindness to the fullest extent.  She loves her friend and spends her lunches sitting with her each day and playing with her.  She knows she needs extra help but never once did it occur to her that she was any less special than herself.  I’m so proud of my girl for who she is and how she brings that love into the world each day.

There were so many times when I stressed out about my children’s education.  We all want to do what is best for our children and I would keep myself up at night because I couldn’t find a way to offer them all a Waldorf Education.  I considered homeschooling and tried it for awhile here and there.  But, the truth is that my girls’ public school education really has been a good one so far.  They have met children from so many other backgrounds, religions, nationalities and needs.  They have learned what it is to be part of a family outside of their own family and how important community is.  There are many things that I would change if I could but life is not perfect and I do not want to create utopia for my children.  I just want them to have a positive experience overall and develop into happy and healthy human beings.

I have come to a place of gratitude for these experiences for my girls and our access to good, quality public schools.  I am embracing their schooling experience and reminding myself of how very lucky they are.  So many children in the world do not have these amazing opportunities.  So many girls all over the world are fighting just for the right to learn at all.  All this time, I have tried my best to find the right environment to teach my girls in …

Yet, each day it is my daughters who end up teaching me the real lessons in life.  How lucky I am that they chose me to be their mother.

7 thoughts on “Kindergarten Spring Concert”

  1. Eileen, thank you for being so honest and transparent. Your words are soothing, refreshing, and encouraging. After attempting to Waldorf homeschool for the past few years, we are preparing to place our two oldest kids (7&9) in a small public school. Even though the staff is incredibly loving and the principal is incredibly kind and makes the time to really know each kid, I am so nervous. But homeschooling was just too much. The kids fought so often much to our dismay and no matter what we tried, they just haven't had that sense of community since most of the homeschoolers here are right winged religious fundamentalists. Sigh. Thanks for your reassurance and for being such a light to so many mamas! Blessings and peace to you and yours.

  2. Eileen, thank you for being so honest and transparent. Your words are soothing, refreshing, and encouraging. After attempting to Waldorf homeschool for the past few years, we are preparing to place our two oldest kids (7&9) in a small public school. Even though the staff is incredibly loving and the principal is incredibly kind and makes the time to really know each kid, I am so nervous. But homeschooling was just too much. The kids fought so often much to our dismay and no matter what we tried, they just haven't had that sense of community since most of the homeschoolers here are right winged religious fundamentalists. Sigh. Thanks for your reassurance and for being such a light to so many mamas! Blessings and peace to you and yours.

  3. Thank you for sharing your fears, thoughts and acceptance of public school. Mine are in Waldorf and Montessori (like you I am grateful for all the education choices we have and that we have the ability to do both of these!). They will go to mainstream public school and I have so many fears. It's so nice to hear your experience as well as your other commenters. Blessings to you all!
    And…your daughter is amazing and accepting of others because of your guidance. Good job Mama! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thank you for sharing your fears, thoughts and acceptance of public school. Mine are in Waldorf and Montessori (like you I am grateful for all the education choices we have and that we have the ability to do both of these!). They will go to mainstream public school and I have so many fears. It's so nice to hear your experience as well as your other commenters. Blessings to you all!
    And…your daughter is amazing and accepting of others because of your guidance. Good job Mama! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thank you for sharing your fears, thoughts and acceptance of public school. Mine are in Waldorf and Montessori (like you I am grateful for all the education choices we have and that we have the ability to do both of these!). They will go to mainstream public school and I have so many fears. It's so nice to hear your experience as well as your other commenters. Blessings to you all!
    And…your daughter is amazing and accepting of others because of your guidance. Good job Mama! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You are so welcome, Sonya. I know how you feel. I love Waldorf but it is just not an option for our large family. I honestly believe that the most influential thing in a child's life is his or her family home. If we strive with love to create a nurturing and beautiful one, they will be ok. xoxo

  7. Thank you so much for this post. I also have a Waldorf/Lifeways home and preschool and ached when I we sent our oldest daughter to public school kindergarten two years ago. My daughter is just finishing up First grade now. I am very happy with our public school experience so far and my daughter has been blessed with two amazing teachers the last two years. Like you said, there are surely lots of things I would change but in the big picture our daughter has flourished and has grown wonderfully through her public school experience. Our son enters Kindergarten in the fall. I have way less fear of public school this time around and will send him off with slightly less worry than the first time. Thanks again for your positive reflection about public school. It means so much to those of us that are on this public school journey! LOVE

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