Parent-Child Garden

GBRSS Parent Child Garden - Fall 2013Parent-Child Garden is our warm welcome to learning, where families join in an inviting Waldorf early childhood classroom to explore the rewarding and challenging task of raising young children. Weekly teacher-led classes, for babies, toddlers and pre-nursery children with a parent or caregiver, are offered in eight to ten week sessions in the fall, winter and spring.

Parent Child Garden Age Groups

Classes are specially designed for each developmental stage, from babies starting at four months (Sweet Peas) to two- and three-year olds (Morning Glories), and are nurturing for both parent and child. Each class has time for movement, free exploration, singing and games, beginning with lullabies for newborns and moving into a morning similar to our Waldorf Nursery rhythm as the children grow. Each class also includes time for sharing and parenting support.

Sweet Peas

  • for babies up to one year old with a caregiver
  • Wednesdays 11:15 – 12:15pm


  • for one- to two-years-olds with a caregiver
  • Wednesdays 9am-10:30am

Morning Glories

  • for two- and three-year-olds with a caregiver
  • Thursdays 9-11:30am
  • Fridays 9-11:30am

Class time increases in length for each age group and the teacher adds new play possibilities and activities to correspond with the children’s development (lively songs and nursery rhymes are added for toddlers, along with new movement-oriented toys and a simple snack time). Two and three year-olds and their parents enjoy a full morning of nursery activities, including free play, circle time, bread baking, a hearty, family-style snack, a puppet story and outdoor play. Parents have the opportunity to create a simple, handmade toy for their child during class.

Parent Child Garden Sessions

Ten week sessions are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring (except for Fall Wednesday sessions, which are eight weeks only).



Please register online. Register Online

For more information, contact Admissions Director Robyn Coe at (413) 528-4015, ext.106, or

Meet the Teacher

Trice Atchison, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner SchoolTrice Atchison leads the Parent Child Garden sessions. Trice holds a teaching certificate from Sophia’s Hearth Family Center in Keene, NH, a leading training center for those working with parents and children from birth to three within Waldorf settings. Trice also holds an MA in writing from Emerson College, Boston, and a BA in philosophy and psychology from Wheaton College, Norton, MA, and is currently studying healing puppetry for young children through Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts, based in Colorado. She co-edited A Warm and Gentle Welcome, a book of essays on caring for children from birth to three published by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, and taught parent-toddler classes at GBRSS for five years after creating and leading a parent-child program in northern Vermont. Trice also can be found singing jazz classics in and around the Berkshires.

Parents today are bombarded with ideas about raising children. They really want to talk, to explore the questions that all parents have in common. As teachers, we offer our experience, we provide information and encouragement. Parents recognize intuitively what is right for their children. We all learn from sharing our insights and observations.

-Trice Atchison