And it felt... totally normal. Like, yes of course this is the next thing for us to do. He is attending a two-year, part-time kindergarten program at our local waldorf school and he took to it like a second home.
The hardest part has been enticing Quinny out of the play yard after morning drop-off -- he wants to go to "Pan's school" too. They've done just about everything in their lives together, and this is a big change for him. I think he would be ready for a preschool program, himself, but sadly the classes are all full for this year. As Sebastian is working at the school as a preschool teacher's assistant, Quinn and I are finding ways to fill the morning, just the two of us. (One truly can be more difficult than two!)
Just in the past week, the change in Pan has been remarkable. His communication has become much more clear and calm. He leads play with Quinn in a much more collaborative manner. He listens carefully and follows instructions more quickly.
We are so happy that we've moved so seamlessly into the Waldorf community here in Spokane. I've been interested in Steiner's philosophy on early childhood development and education since Pan was a wee baby, and many of the parenting decision we've made have been influenced by this. Seeing him enter so confidently into the school environment for the first time feels like a tiny parenting victory -- and those are absolutely necessary every now and then!
I know this was the first week of school for many families -- I hope it felt like the beginning of something very, very good for all of you.
PS: If you are curious about Waldorf education, a good place to start, I think, is You Are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy. Another really practical book (especially for older children) is Sharifa Oppenheimer's Heaven on Earth. The web is a tireless resource as well -- let me know if you need a trail head to start off on!