When you hear Waldorf, you probably think of the salad or Blair Waldorf from the Gossip Girl series — not education. That is, of course, unless you were a Waldorf preschooler yourself.
While alternative preschools are all the rage in the U.S., all three of the major philosophies originated in Europe: Waldorf, Reggio Emilia and Montessori. These heterodox approaches to early education share some similarities, such as their endeavor to cultivate children who will become creative, compassionate and highly-functioning members of society. But they also differ in key ways, which adds a further stressor to parents tasked with enrolling their kids in school.