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interesting about hoiku mama, I didn't know they had things like that there. Sounds lovely! Only 3 kids. Mine goes to a stiener nursery with only 6 kids and that's considered very small. maybe they have stiener schools there? (they probably cost a fortune though). The book thing is so awesome! It's so nice how they care so much about the home enviroment! it's so important for them to know these things because it's their other side of life! I like how they have acual hard copy books with images! The best thing for a mother I reckon, is seeing their kid without them in photos :D , another mother friend of mine said we should sell a business like that LOL, just free care but you pay for the download :D

I'm sure whatever he goes to later, it may seem like a big deal at the time, but he'd probably settle right back down. Good luck!


I don't have much to compare with, but it seems nice. I actually would prefer him to go to a bigger place with more kids, because his social skills need a little work and it would be a good exposure to the Japanese group mentality that he's definitely not getting at home. But here in Japan the ratio of daycare workers/teachers to kids is really good, so even at a big place he'd be getting a lot of time with the adults. I think it's a little different back home.

I'm not sure if there are any Steiner Waldorf nurseries or schools here, but I don't know too much about it. Not really crazy about the founder's original philosophies. I would love to send him to a Montessori school but there are none in the area and I've heard a lot of the schools in Japan are Montessori in name only.


I'm glad the daycare is working out for both of you! M (who just turned 3) has been doing 1 day a week in a similar-sounding home-based childcare since Easter and it has been GREAT for both of us. From January she will go to a preschool 2 days as well (or maybe instead - depending on how much I am working) - I think it will be good for her to have some more children to play with, but in the meantime the home-based care has been a really easy transition in to being looked after by someone else.


Fascinating! You are brave. I can imagine how challenging it can be to navigate all the crazy Japanese school stuff!


I really enjoyed reading this, very interesting stuff. Thanks!


Happy New year to you and your family. Big hugs for the very cute Shuma.

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