The Parent-Child Program provides Waldorf education and resources for parents and their young children from 16 months to 3 years of age. Classes meet one day a week, where an intimate group of parents and children come together to explore the wonders of the first years of life.
Parents engage in quiet activities, such as crafting, while their children play nearby. Simple toys made of natural materials are provided for imaginative play, and children are guided through the morning by the gentle rhythm of circle time, creative play, snack, and homey activities, such as bread-making. Each week during class a nutritious snack is prepared together with the teachers.
Circle time reflects the world of nature and seasonal festivals. It provides a rich learning experience through music and rhyme. Movement activities engage both large and fine motor coordination. The early morning class focuses on movements and activities appropriate to the young toddler, while the later class takes into account the older toddler’s movement abilities and needs.
The classes give parents an opportunity to discuss child development, parenting issues and Waldorf education with a Waldorf-trained teacher. Sessions are offered in the fall, winter and spring. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis; families select their top choice classes and will be placed accordingly. If there is no space in the desired class choices, others will be offered. Classes missed will not be refunded, and we do not offer make-up classes. Tuition is due in full before the start of the session.