Parent-Child Garden is an opportunity for families to join together in the soothing environment of a Waldorf early childhood classroom to explore the rewarding and challenging task of raising young children. The weekly, teacher-led classes for babies, toddlers and pre-nursery children with a parent or caregiver are offered in eight-week sessions in the fall, winter and spring.
Parent Child Garden Age Groups
The classes are specially designed for each developmental stage, from four month old babies to two- and three-year olds, and are nurturing for both parent and child. During each class there is time for movement, free exploration, singing and games, beginning with lullabies for newborns and moving onto interactive games as the children grow. A brief observation period gives parents the chance to practice bringing quiet awareness to their children’s ever-growing capacities, fostering appreciation and bonding. Each class also includes time for sharing.
- for babies ages four months to one year
- Thursdays 1:15-2:30pm
- $150 per 8 week session
- for one- to two-years-olds
- Thursdays 9am-10:30am
- $175 per 8 week session
- for two- and three-year-olds
- Mondays 9-11:30am and/or
- Wednesdays 9 to 11:30am
- $275 per 8 week session
The class time for each age group increases in length and the teacher adds new play possibilities and activities that correspond with the children’s development (for the toddlers, for instance, lively songs and nursery rhymes are added, along with new movement-oriented toys and a simple snack time). The two- and three-year-old children 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—and parents have the opportunity to create a simple, handmade toy for their child during class.
Parent Child Garden Sessions
Eight-week sessions are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Please see starting and ending dates below. Spring sessions begin the week of April 1:
- Mondays, October 22 – December 10, 2012
- Thursdays, October 18 – December 13, 2012 (no class November 22)
- Mondays, January 28 – March 25, 2013 (no class February 18)
- Thursdays, January 31 – March 28, 2013 (no class February 21)
- Mondays, April 1 – June 3, 2013 (no class April 15)
- Wednesdays, April 3 – May 29 (no class April 17)
- Thursdays, April 4 – May 30 (no class April 18)
To register, please Download the Registration Form for Parent-Child Garden, fill it out and return to GBRSS with full payment for the session(s) you choose. The GBRSS admissions office will call to confirm your registration.
For more information, please contact Tracy Fernbacher at (413) 528-4015, ext.106, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trice Atchison will lead 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 the 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.
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