Parent-Child Program

0 – 36 Months

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WINTER/SPRING 2022

Session began in March, registration is now closed. Join our Early Childhood News list to receive registration information as soon as it becomes available for our next session. Generally registration opens for fall/winter sessions mid-summer.

 

Parent-Child Program Information

Our Parent-Child program supports and empowers parents and caregivers during the early years. These classes offer a simple, accessible, playful and artistic vision for nurturing the growing family. Through a practice of quiet observation, as well as shared conversation in a safe, accepting space, adults can begin to slow down and strengthen their sense of reverence, understanding, and trust in the innate competence of the young child in accomplishing the developmental tasks inherent to each age and stage.

WSP and our Parent-Child Program welcome families of all identities and backgrounds with open arms and hearts.

For the Winter/Spring 2022 session, the WSP Parent-Child Program has three components serving families with children 0-3 years:

  • Warm Beginnings Parent-Infant Circles
  • Mornings Together Parent-Toddler Classes
  • Friday Morning Nature & Nurture Family Connections 

We are planning to proceed with indoor classes for Warm Beginnings, and outdoor classes for Mornings Together and Nature and Nurture Family Connections. There will be robust safety precautions for all classes. Thank you for your flexibility!


Warm Beginnings

Classes for families with infants birth*-11 months and a parent or caregiver

Bring your infant and join in creating a safe, nurturing, community space with other families. Strengthen confidence in your own capacities and those of your baby, and deepen your understanding of the magical unfolding that takes place in the first year of life, in some of the following ways:

  • Cultivate a practice of sustained peaceful observation time to connect with your baby and strengthen a sense of reverence and understanding of their innate competence in accomplishing the developmental tasks inherent to each age and stage.
  • Learn and share seasonal songs/fingerplays/rhymes together with your baby.
  • Enjoy warm drinks and nourishing snacks.
  • Share joys and struggles in conversation, guided by a trained Waldorf Early Childhood educator (who is also a parent).
  • Experience an introduction to the foundational senses of touch, self-movement, balance, and well-being, and the ways in which predictable rhythms, freedom of movement/play, healthy sleep, warmth, and nourishment support these senses in the life of the young child.
  • Receive an overview of understandings and practices informed by the RIE/Magda Gerber and Pikler approach to caregiving for infants

Winter/Spring 2022 Warm Beginnings Classes with Anita Cohn

Registration is closed. See our waitlist information.

Classes are 9- or 10-week sessions and begin the week of March 14th. We will have two offerings for this session:

  • Mondays for infants 0 – 6 months old and not yet mobile.
  • Thursdays for infants 6 – 11 months old.


Tuition includes:

  • One weekly in-person class for infant(s) and their parent(s) or caregiver.
  • One monthly Wednesday evening online session for parents with Teacher Jane for check-in, conversation, and community. (optional)
  • All materials.

Warm Beginnings classes meet on our Los Altos campus at 11311 Mora Drive. We are planning to proceed with indoor classes and robust safety precautions, but should county directives require it, we are prepared to move to an outdoor space on campus if necessary. Thank you for your flexibility!

Registration Policies, COVID-19 Policies, and Wait List Information


Mornings Together

Classes for toddlers aged 12 to 36 months and a parent or caregiver

Mornings Together classes offer a gentle introduction to Waldorf Education for little ones and their families. We will focus on the “Three Rs” – Rhythm, Reverence, and Repetition – which so perfectly nourish and support the needs of the young child. Each morning will be a joyful journey through outdoor and indoor play and exploration, preparation and sharing of food around the table, and seasonal songs, stories, and crafts. Parents will build a practice of sustained peaceful observation time each week, and share conversations on topics such as sleeping and waking, eating, communication, holding healthy boundaries and nurturing ourselves as adults along the way.

Winter/Spring 2022 Mornings Together Classes with Jane Philipson

Registration is closed, classes are full. See our waitlist information.

Tuesday & Wednesday classes begin the week of March 7th, Thursday & Friday classes begin the week of March 14th.

Choose one class:

  • For toddlers aged 12 – 36 months on the first day of class: Tuesdays – Fridays from 9:00 – 11:00 am

Tuition includes:

  • One weekly in-person class for one toddler and one parent or caregiver.
  • One monthly Wednesday evening online session for parents with Teacher Jane for check-in, conversation, and community. (optional)
  • All materials.

Mornings Together classes meet on our Los Altos campus at 11311 Mora Drive. We are planning to proceed with outdoor classes and robust safety precautions.

Registration Policies, COVID-19 Policies, and Wait List Information


Nature and Nurture Family Connections

for parents/caregivers and their children 0-36 months

Winter/Spring 2022 Session with Claire Roberts

Join us on a meander in nature with other parents and their little wanderers. The focus of our time together will be how we can nourish ourselves as well as our connection to our youngsters and each other. Come share, connect, and be in community, while recharging in nature. We will gather each week at a local nature preserve or open space to explore, discover, and support one another in our parenting journeys. This program is especially designed for parents/caregivers and their children, with their littles ages 0*-36 months in mind.

Registration is closed, classes are full. See our waitlist information.

Four Friday mornings: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, & 4/8 from 9:30 – 11:15 am
Tuition is for one family with up to two adults.

Location for the first gathering will be shared via email in advance.

Registration Policies, COVID-19 Policies, and Wait List Information


Sunday Morning Series for Parents

Share monthly Sunday mornings connecting with other parents of young children. Explore and experience some of the most important ways in which Waldorf early childhood understandings can nourish and support the perfect and wise unfolding of your child’s innate developmental capacities. In these varied offerings, parents will find activity, inspiration, and practical tools for bringing simple, calm and predictable rhythms into daily life, to help to build a sound bridge between home and school in the coming years.

Winter/Spring 2022 – on hiatus for this session.


Registration Information and Policies

Policies and registration links can be found here.

 

*Expectant families are always welcome to join.

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The distinguishing characteristics that I notice about Waldorf students are their creative thinking, their self-confidence, and their love of learning — qualities that make learning refreshing.

Lisa Babinet, PhD

Chair of Mathematics Department and Alumni Parent, Waldorf School of the Peninsula