Our warm welcome to learning, Parent-Child Garden sessions meet 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, offered in eight week sessions beginning fall, winter and spring.
Parent-Child Garden Groups
Specially designed for three developmental stages, Steiner parent child classes offer time for movement, free exploration, games and singing, beginning with lullabies for newborns and moving into a morning rhythm similar to our Waldorf mixed-age early childhood program as the children grow – with one extra benefit: you get to come into the classroom with your child!
- Sweet Peas (4 months – 1 year)
- Buttercups (1 – 2 years)
- Morning Glories (2 – 3 years)
Class time increases in length for each age group, adding new play and activities as the children grow, such as lively songs and nursery rhymes for toddlers, 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, puppet story and outdoor play. Parents have the opportunity to create a simple, handmade toy for their child during class.
Morning circle at each stage includes time for sharing and parenting support, to nurture both parent and child.
“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, provide information and encouragement. Parents recognize intuitively what is right for their children. We all learn from sharing our insights and observations.” –– Teacher Trice Atchison
“The Steiner parent-child class was transformative!” — Morning Glory parent
Parent-Child Garden Sessions
Steiner offers eight week sessions in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Prior to each session, families are welcome to attend an open classroom event in the Early Childhood building, to meet the teacher, learn more about the program and ask any questions.
Please register and pay for each session online. Register Online
Spots are limited, and registration closes when each class is filled. Once your child is registered, teachers will be in touch directly with more information about the start of your session. You may pay online with a credit or debit card. Cost per session is $170 for Sweet Peas, $195 for Buttercups, and $325 for Morning Glories. For more information, contact Admissions Director Robyn Coe at (413) 528-4015, ext.106, or firstname.lastname@example.org.