Parenting with Heart

Parenting with Heart

eight-week classes for toddlers aged 12 – 36 months and their caregivers

Our Parenting with Heart series is designed to empower parents and caregivers to feel confident and inspired to serve as their child’s “first teacher” during the developing child’s formative years, to deepen their intuitive knowledge of their own child, and to guide and support them in the art of creating and nurturing a family.

Classes in the Parenting with Heart series offer engaging and supportive interactions between children, their caregivers, and the teacher in a beautiful and nurturing environment. All classes meet on our Los Altos campus.


Seeing with a New Eye: Observation and Rhythm

Parents and caretakers of toddlers spend much of their time each day keeping up with the almost constant motion and energy that marks this exciting stage of life. In this class, adults enjoy a break and bring their calm focused attention to the children while they play and bring their joyful discoveries and challenges to their caregivers.  A discussion of weekly readings and topics follows the observation time along with a handcraft project, clean-up, picnic-style snack, and singing games.

Discussion topics supported by You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin include: baby to toddler; rhythms for waking; eating and sleeping; communication and boundaries; and self-renewal.

Each session is eight Mondays from 9:00 – 11:00 am or 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

September 21 – November 16, 2015
(9 week span due to school closure on 11/2)

January 4 – March, 7, 2016
(10 week span due to school closures on 1/18 & 2/15)

April 11 – June 6, 2016
(9 week span due to school closure on 5/30)

This foundational class is a prerequisite to the A Place in the Garden class below.


A Place in the Garden: Parent Participation Program for Families

Building on the foundation created by Seeing with a New Eye, the Nursery Garden class provides a warm and nurturing environment for families to practice being in a school while still together for security and comfort.  In the beautiful home-like Waldorf classroom, children and parents are nourished through domestic arts, circle games, craft activities, seasonal stories and songs.   The morning includes inside and outside play, child observation, handwork, circle time and a wholesome snack.  Through these activities, the child’s sense of self gently emerges. Guided by an experienced Waldorf early childhood teacher, families will build a circle of trust for their children as they step out onto the waiting world.

Each session is eight Tuesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 am or 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

September 22 – November 10, 2015

January 12 – March 8, 2016
(9 week span due to school closure on 2/16)

April 12 – May 31, 2016

Participation in Seeing with a New Eye is a prerequisite for enrollment in this class.


Toilet training is not required for either class.

Registration information and policies can be found here.