Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School ~ igniting a lifelong love of learning for over 40 years
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(Berkshires, MA) September 4, 2013 – The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) announces the return of Rhyme Time, a song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver. Starting September 10, Rhyme Time will take place every Tuesday, 10:30 am, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington. All are welcome to this free, weekly drop-in event. Led by Waldorf parent-child teacher Trice Atchison, Rhyme Time engages babies and young children in seasonal songs, nursery rhymes and simple puppetry.
Matrushka Toys and Gifts, located at 309 Main Street, Great Barrington, provides children with a wide array of high-quality, “child-powered” toys. The selection includes Waldorf toys, art supplies, games and books that inspire imagination, learning and fun, along with natural baby gifts and children’s clothing. Matrushka is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm. For updates about Rhyme Time, please call (413) 528-6911.
Cultivating Connection and Creativity – The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School recognizes the importance of the early years to children’s healthy development and lifelong well-being. Puppetry, stories and singing are some of the ways Waldorf early childhood teachers foster imagination, strengthen the ability to concentrate and inspire a love of language. GBRSS early childhood programs include Parent-Child Gardenfor babies and young children ages 6 months to three and a half years, with a parent or caregiver; Nursery for children ages two years and nine months to four years; and Kindergarten for children ages four to six. Tuition for Nursery and Kindergarten is based on a sliding scale. For more information, please call Tracy Fernbacher at (413) 528-4015, ext. 106, or visit www.gbrss.org.
Trice Atchison has taught parent-child classes at GBRSS for six years, after creating and leading a program in northern Vermont. She earned her teaching certificate from Sophia’s Hearth Family Center in Keene, NH, a leading training institute for teachers working with children from birth to seven in a Waldorf setting. Trice also holds an MA in writing from Emerson College, a BA in philosophy and psychology from Wheaton College, and is currently studying healing puppetry for young children through Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts. She is the co-editor of A Warm and Gentle Welcome, a book of essays on caring for young children, published by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.
Authentic Learning in the Berkshires—Voted Best School in the Berkshires in 2013 by the Berkshire Record Readers’ Choice, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School provides a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education for students from early childhood through early adolescence. Parent-Child, Nursery and Kindergarten classes take place in a specially designed early childhood building equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. On the other side of the 32-acre campus, the elementary school for first- through eighth-grade students (from the Berkshires, northern Connecticut and New York’s Columbia County) provides a balance of rigorous academics and the arts, preparing children for their choice of high school and college. One of more than 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide and part of a movement of independent schools developed in the early twentieth century by Austrian educator, scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School operates from the core understanding that engaging all aspects of the human being—intellectual, physical and spiritual—provides a truly well-rounded education.
Interviews and high-resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with Rhyme Time teacher Trice Atchison or GBRSS School Administrator John Greene, please contact Robyn Coe at (818) 287-1237 or firstname.lastname@example.org