Parent-Child is a once-per-week class for children ages 18 months to
3.5 FOUR years*, along with a parent, grandparent, or other loving caregiver.
Caregivers and children come together in a nurturing, home-like setting for a shortened experience that echoes the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf early childhood classroom. Parent-Child offers children a gentle introduction to the group setting, and serves as a bridge for young children between home and preschool. Parents often create life-long friendships as they journey together, sharing the wonder and magic of their children’s early years.
Parent-Child meets one morning per week for approximately two hours.
The number of weeks per session varies.
What happens in Parent-Child Class?
Parents and children enjoy making new friends, circle games, seasonal songs and stories, preparing and sharing healthy snacks, creating simple crafts, imaginative play time, and outdoor play time that includes an abundance of healthy, physical movement–rain, snow, or shine.
We journey outside, no matter the weather, facilitating the toddler’s innate connection to the wonders of the natural world.
While children explore and engage in imaginative play, the teacher leads parents in topical discussions and the creation of simple, beautiful crafts. The class offers a supportive environment in which to discuss parenting issues, establish community and a local support structure, discover ways to encourage a healthy rhythm at home, and learn more about our school with an experienced classroom teacher. Parents often create life-long friendships as they journey together, sharing the wonder and magic of their children’s early years.
Experience a special, shared time each week with your little one in our natural, nurturing class.
*During this unprecedented time, we are expanding the program to welcome 4-year-olds.
ADDENDUM FOR 2020-2021: Due to enhanced safety awareness and precaution during COVID-19, our Parent-Child Playgroup will be all outdoors. Join us to explore nature and experience the seasons while enjoying healthy playtime in our beautiful, natural, outdoor classroom. Open play, circle time, and a hearty, healthy snack will be shared and provided by the school. Until further notice, this class will be held outdoors in all weather, so please come well prepared.
Families are welcome to join a session in progress at any time for a prorated fee, as long as space is available.
“I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and so are solidified and perfected. Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age.”
–Henry David Thoreau