As many of you know, both children started at new schools this year. Harris, surprisingly, began at Waldorf (where Grace went for 4 years) and Grace started high school! While they both are happy with their schools, it has been a bit of a learning curve for both children and has taken a bit for them to settle in.
One of the things we love about both schools is that the sports programs are inclusive and open to all. While I realize that for many families a rigorous and competitive sports program is desirable, the more laid back approach has worked well for our family. Harris ran cross country this fall and played basketball this winter. I'm not at all sure that Harris would have chosen to try basketball if he hadn't been at Waldorf, so it's been a great learning and growing experience.
At Grace's school, the students are required to participate in a sport, something Grace doesn't have a lot of experience in as she'd been so heavily involved in ballet. Grace chose to try field hockey. She was incredibly nervous coming in as a freshman and trying something she's never done before, but the girls on the team were very supportive and she had a lot of fun being a part of a team. Plus, it was a great way to meet new people!