Parenting with Heart

Parenting with Heart

Application information for 2014.15 is coming soon. Please sign up for our Early Childhood News email list to be the first to know when it is released.

eight-week classes for toddlers and their parents or 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 their 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

for toddlers aged 12 – 36 months and their caregivers
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.

Toilet training not required.

younger toddlers (12-24 months) :  Mondays 8:45 – 10:45 AM
older toddlers (24 – 36 months) : Mondays 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

This foundational class is a prerequisite to the Nursery Garden class below.

A Place in the Garden: Parent Participation Program for Families

for toddlers aged 18 months – Nursery entrance and their caregivers
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.

Tuesdays 9 – 11 AM

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