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Posted 2011-06-13 00:01:18
I was so happy to hear there is an International Steiner/Waldorf kindergarten in Chiang Mai. I have friends who send their children to a Waldorf school in Australia and are very happy there. I agree with the philosophy and think it provides such a beautiful and natural environment for our children to grow. Does anyone send there children there or has anyone visited the school?
Posted 2011-06-13 09:07:06
http://www.fahkwang.com is not an international school. It is a waldorf school in thai. This year, they opened also grade 1, and kids start learning English and Chinese too.
However, there is a new International Waldorf school opening in August 2011. Courses will be in English mainly.
But, the school is only started to advertise (there is the contact number of the school on the board of Rimping Supermarket SanSai)...
Posted 2011-06-13 09:26:09
Not to mention the Early-Years programme, at PTIS International School, which follows the I.B. (International Baccalaureate) system.
But a new Waldorf/Steiner international-school in Chiang Mai, which is already a fairly-crowded market, sounds interesting ... perhaps they'll start the publicity soon if they open in a couple of months' time ?
Posted 2011-06-13 11:48:10
Young children learn best through play so I have always looked at these expensive kindergarten programs as more for the parents
Posted 2011-06-13 15:44:08
In my opinion, the Waldorf schools are bascially a cult for rich people to send their kids.
Off the bat it looks normal; but they have this whole thing about past lives and weird new age stuff.
Look into it
Posted 2011-06-13 23:31:48
Yeah, take a careful look.
I know they do some dam_n good salads, but never heard about the schools...........
(ie maybe they should introduce themselves a bit more fully? And no cucumber on mine, thanks).
Posted 2011-06-14 12:46:23
Yeh, they do believe in reincarnation and you need to make sure that is ok for you.
Here is the website:
I went to visit it. It is on the last ring road in a nice teck house. The toys are amazing.
The garden is big enough and they will grow organic plants in part of it.
PTIS is also a very good school in my opinion. People say it is expensive (and yes it is for Chiang Mai and it is a shame only a few people can afford it), but it is cheap compared to other international schools with an IB program in the world, and the school still needs to pay the expat teachers.
Hope you find the best school for your child.
Posted 2011-06-14 13:28:22
Looked into it. Don't see any new age stuff? http://en.wikipedia....ldorf_education
Posted 2011-06-14 14:15:02
I don't think one should confuse Waldorf pedagogy with Anthroposophist spiritual philosophy.
Posted 2011-06-15 19:02:28
I went to have a look at talk to the teacher. Free play seems to be the most important and focused on part of the day!
Posted 2011-06-15 19:49:10
If they are doing salads, do they also do 'Baby's Heads' ?
Posted 2011-06-15 21:26:28
I have seen the teacher in this new Waldorf kindergarten, Rachel Bernstein, with young children and she is absolutely amazing: loving and engaging while also a fabulous instructor. You can't believe how much the children are able to learn, while never losing the smiles on their faces. I can't imagine a better teacher.
Posted 2011-09-04 21:02:39
I have two daughters aged 3 and 5 in Fahkwang Waldorf School (http://www.fahkwang.com)
My oldest daughter went to three other schools (One international, two private Thai) in Chiang Mai so I know a thing or two about education in Thailand. What was mentioned before about the fact that Waldorf education is like a weird cult cannot be totally denied. I went to Waldorf schools in the Netherlands and already noticed as a child that some of the parents were a bit "weird".....there was also a period that about 10% of the parents (and by extension their kids) became followers of the Indian guru Bhagwan and started to wear only red clothes. That being said, the majority of the Waldorf Schools and parents are OK and not weird at all. They are just more open minded and mindful than your average citizen.
Then, Waldorf is in it's infancy here so they are building everything up from the ground. It is just a group of teachers and parents who are interested in child development. Waldorf education is not a system, it is a philosophy that aims to keep the individual on it's own path of development and not make it into something else. It is more about raising strong and happy personalities than performance and knowledge. Years ago I attended a reunion of my old Waldorf school and I was amazed about what everybody became. A top scientist, a film maker, a documentary maker, a gold smith, some entrepreneurs....virtually everybody did something interesting.
Fahkwang is not an international school, but about half of the kids are western or mixed. As mentioned in an earlier post, Rachel is (or already has) opened an international Waldorf Kindergarten. I have several reasons I will not switch to the international Waldorf. We do not intend to leave Thailand so it is also very important to learn the Thai language and play with Thai children. Also the school fees are a lot lower and my daughters already like the school.
The only problem I have with the school is the size. There are about 15 children in the kindergarten. They just started the first grade school class with 5 children. For next year there are three children so far (including my daughter). I do believe that there are enough people out there in the minefield of Thai education who are looking for an alternative so I hope there will be a few more children for next years grade 1. In my desperation I was already thinking about home schooling when I fount this school.
This school is not commercial like almost all the other "child processing factories". It is not about money but about love.
Edited by LongJohn, 2011-09-04 21:14:17.
Posted 2011-09-05 10:02:59
In my experience (and I've had some) Waldorf schools are usually loving, arts-rich, happy places. As I've seen it in the States and Europe, teachers will stay with children as they move up through the years, which makes it good to hear kind words about a particular teacher in the area. Parents unfamiliar with the system who are considering it for the long haul might want to ask directly about the general approach to reading, as it may or may not fall within their comfort level.
Posted 2011-09-05 19:30:58
I thought Waldorf was a type of salad (aka Fawlty Towers)
Posted 2011-09-06 17:40:57
I met the two Thai ladies who run the school at a recent workshop. They were enthusiastic, open and devoted to their project. I look forward to visiting them one day soon.
Posted 2011-09-06 20:49:51
Sure are a lot of newbies writing gushing reviews of a newbie kindergarten.
Could there be any relationship between those two phenomena?
I think in some parts it's called spam, not salad.
Posted 2011-09-27 20:05:44
With a fee of 30.000 a year they really are not in it for the money. There are still people out there who care. And yes I am spamming to promote the school. It is a relatively new school and I wish it to flourish for the benefit of my 2 daughters and all the other kids.
Posted 2011-09-27 20:26:13
30,000 baht or dollars?
Posted 2011-09-28 21:33:47
For kindergarten, not sure about grade school.
Posted 2011-09-29 19:45:09
Baan khun mae on on the canal rd near the Samoeng intersection is a great little school and has a good nursery department too
Posted 2011-09-30 21:15:44
I was going to send the kids to Waldorf but decided on a much better kindergarten....... Chicken Caesar
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