This is the 4th time I have walked through first grade. I LOVE this year. I mean really LOVE it. With us being a bit more than half way through the year, I started to reflect on how different it is this time around. I have five children now. Last time I only had four. I again have a busy little toddler roaming around attempting to help us. This one is a lot more demanding than Sam ever could dream to be, lol. We have moved three times since I taught it last – yikes! Many changes, all of them good for our family as a whole. Those that know us know just how much I work to stick with Steiner’s recommendations for grade readiness and placement, a large part of that is age. Sam’s birthday is in June and while he would have gone to first grade at age 6 in public school standards, we decided to stick with our Waldorf standards and let him enjoy another year of kindergarten. This decision put Sam at 7 years and 2 months when he started first grade. I do not regret ANY of it. Sam’s temperament is starting to confirm with a strong phlegmatic side – what I know from working with my other phlegmatics is that it is better to let them rest a bit more than it is to push them. The result in our waiting has been a child that is really READY for school, ready to learn and ready to greet me each morning with a zeal for learning. Also, because he is ready and picking things up quickly we are able to take more time for play and field trips as well as being able to deeply drink at the well of art and handwork available to us. I have been at this a long time so I know that I have a level of confidence that many of our readers are still striving for – it has taken me years to get here, no longer do friends and family question me because I have been consistent in my schooling and well… the big kids didn’t turn out too bad, LOL. I want to encourage you to follow what you believe and be strong in who you are as a homeschooling mom. Be BRAVE. Listen to your heart and to the soul of your child. Blessings to you!!