Discovering Waldorf :: First Grade Readiness - The Magic Onions

Discovering Waldorf :: First Grade Readiness

With Teddy loosing his first tooth this week, a Good Man and I have been reconsidering First Grade for him for the next school year. It is a difficult decision. Teddy’s birthday is May 1st which means he’ll either be young for his class (if he goes next year) or old for his class (if he goes the following year).

If you are having to make the same decisions for your rising First Grader, here is a fabulous article on First Grade Readiness from the wonderful Waldorf blog, The Parenting Passsageway.

Waldorf First Grade Readiness

Hmmm, there’s still many months until we will have to make a definitive decision but it’s very nice to have such a great set of guidelines to watch out for.

For more info on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf page.

Discovering Waldorf is a weekly series of articles written by ‘everyday’ Waldorf families. The contributors to this series share their ‘real-life’ insights and inspirations on all kinds of Waldorf topics. This series is not meant to be Waldorf philosophy in its purest form, but rather a snapshot of how we can all incorporate Waldorf ideas into our lives to help nurture and encourage the magic that is in our children. If you have a topic you wish to learn more about (or want to share) on Discovering Waldorf, send me an email at

Blessings and magic,


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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. It is such a big decision to make!! When K was 6 I wondered if I should ask for her to move up to first grade but then seeing how much she grew from that time to now and also seeing her thrive and do so well in 1st grade now, I realize it was the right choice to keep her in kindi until she was 7. On the other hand a friend’s daughter (who is only 2 days older then my K) started first grade a year earlier andshe is thriving, too.

    You guys will totally rock this choice, I know it. You are so intune with your children.


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