Our children both thrive at Trillium Waldorf. My daughter is in grade two and loves every day. Her favourite subjects are handwork, games class and practical arts. My son is in his final kindergarten year and is eagerly waiting to join in the grades. Both children love going to school and always have. The teachers care for them like their own, and I believe the children can really feel that. Our daughter was always very timid and takes a while to give her trust to others. The teachers she’s encountered have all given her respect and the time and space she needed without pushing. It’s made all the difference in her confidence. She now greets her teacher daily, making eye contact which is so huge and we’re so grateful.
The most enjoyable aspect of school for my daughter is visual arts classes which have been taught by a variety of instructors over the years. A wonderful discovery of the colour purple in her SK year was a highlight: she came home one day saying "mom blue and red make purple, look!" and then proceeded to show me the different purple values of the colour wheel. Instead of teaching the children that blue and red make purple, the students discover these colours on their own. Her love for creating beautiful pictures has not stopped. The second thing my daughter really enjoys at school is the outside playtime and outdoor excursions whether this be to the local farm for apple picking or feeding the ducks on the pond close to the school, or mucking about in the sandbox when she was younger and discovering gems, carefully placed there by the teachers ahead of time to add some mystery and magic to the day.
My son appreciated the intimacy - at times he longed for a bigger school and a gym and a library- but over time he realized the gifts of the class sizes. He was still nourished and stimulated. He really loved woodworking and the love his woodworking teacher brought to class. He really loved all the art woven into class and subject workbooks. The festivals and celebrations are things we will never forget and create a real community feel. The meaningful interactions and opportunities for leadership in the older grades were very important to his sense of self. He has made lifelong friends at Trillium and has had his imagination stimulated. He appreciates the critical thinking skills he has developed through the grades.