Parent-Child Program

Birth – Three Years

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Our Parent-Child Program empowers parents and caregivers as their child’s first teacher during the early years, and offers a simple, accessible, and artistic vision for nurturing the growing family.

Registration for our fall/winter 2019 classes has ended. Please click here to join our Early Childhood News email list for advance notice when the winter/spring 2020 session registration is opened mid-December, provided there are some spaces available. It is likely that space will be very limited and the session will completely fill up with current families and those on our Early Childhood News email list.

 

Program offerings for the 2019-2020 school year:

Sunday Morning Series

Monthly weekend morning series for parents or caregivers

Share monthly Sunday mornings connecting with other parents to explore and experience some of the most important ways in which Waldorf early childhood principles nourish and support the developing child at home and in the Early Childhood classroom. Parents will come away with ideas, understandings, and practical tools for bringing simple, calm, joyful and predictable rhythms into daily life at home, while building a bridge between home and school for the coming years.

Please Note – Some sessions are specifically intended for adults, others are for parents/caregivers and their infants. Expectant families and babes-in-arms are always welcome.

2019-2020 Sessions

Session One: Fall/ Winter 2019
Warm Beginnings: Parent-Infant Circle 
For families with infants birth – six months (not yet mobile)*
with Jane Philipson 
Four Sundays: 9/15, 10/20, 11/24, 12/15 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Tuition is $225

Bring your infant and participate in creating a safe, nurturing and playful community space with other families, gain confidence in your own capacities and those of your baby, and learn about some of the foundational elements of Waldorf Early Childhood Education. 

Our monthly time together will include the following:

  • A practice of sustained quiet observation time to strengthen a sense of reverence and understanding of your baby’s innate competence in accomplishing the developmental tasks inherent to each age and stage
  • Ample time for sharing and discussion
  • An introduction to the importance of rhythm, play/movement, sleep, and warmth in the life of the young child.
  • An overview of the principles and practices informed by the RIE/Magda Gerber and Pikler approach to caregiving for infants
  • Seasonal songs/fingerplays/rhymes
  • Warm drinks and nourishing snacks

Registration policies and wait list information can be found here.

 

Session Two: Winter/Spring 2020
Simplifying Together: One Small Change At a Time
For parents/caregivers of children birth – three years
with Christina Assirati
Four Sundays: 2/2, 3/1, 3/29, 4/26 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Tuition is $225
Registration will open in Mid-December.

We will gather monthly to explore the themes of Kim Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids. We will learn ways to simplify and slow down your home environment, create predictable and connecting rhythms, simplify your child’s weekly schedule, and find out the benefits to filtering out the adult world.

Registration, policies and wait list information can be found here.

*Expectant families are always welcome to register for our Sunday Morning Series classes.

 

Mornings Together

Eleven- or Twelve-week classes for toddlers aged 12 – 36 months and their parent or caregiver.

Mornings Together classes will 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 calm and joyful journey through outdoor and indoor play and exploration, preparation and sharing of food around the table, seasonal songs, stories, and crafts. There will also be weekly opportunities for adult discussion on topics such as sleeping and waking, eating, communication, holding healthy boundaries and nurturing ourselves as adults along the way.

Each class meets from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Choose Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. 

2019-2020 Sessions

Session One: Fall/ Winter
September 24, 2019 – January 10, 2020*
Tuesday and Wednesday classes will meet for 12 weeks. Tuition is $540.
Thursday and Friday classes will meet for 11 weeks, due to school closures. Tuition is $495.

Session Two: Winter/Spring
February 4 – May 15, 2020*
Tuesday and Wednesday classes will meet for 12 weeks. Tuition is $540.
Thursday and Friday classes will meet for 11 weeks, due to school closures. Tuition is $495.

There is no prerequisite for enrollment in this class. New and returning families are welcome. Toilet training is not required for this class.

*The registration page will have the specific dates for your class session. Some weeks we will not meet due to school closures.

Registration policies and wait list information can be found here.

 

Our Mornings Together classes for fall/winter 2019 are full. Please click here to join our Early Childhood News email list for advance notice when the next session registration opens. In general, Fall/Winter Session registration opens mid-summer and Winter/Spring Session registration opens in mid-December, provided space is available. It is likely that space will be very limited and the session will completely fill up with current families and those on our Early Childhood News email list.

 

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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