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 – 4 years)
Class time increases in length for each age group; teacher Trice Atchison adds 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.
“Miss Trice’s class was transformative!” – Morning Glory parent
Meet the Parent-Child Garden Teacher
Trice Atchison holds a teaching certificate from Sophia’s Hearth Family Center (Keene, NH), a leading training center for teachers working with parents and young children in a Waldorf setting. She earned a Master of Arts degree in writing from Emerson College (Boston, MA) and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and psychology from Wheaton College (Norton, MA). She is the co-editor of 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. This is her sixth year leading parent-child classes at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, prior to which she led a similar program in northern Vermont. Trice is currently studying healing puppetry for young children through Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts (Boulder, CO) and can be found singing jazz classics throughout the Berkshires. She is the mother of two Steiner alumni.
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. –-Trice Atchison
Parent-Child Garden Sessions
Eight week sessions are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Prior to each session, Miss Trice offers an open classroom week, when parents can drop in (children welcome) meet the teacher, learn more about the program and ask any questions. Miss Trice also offers two opportunities for Morning Glories parents to learn more about Waldorf early childhood education before classes begin.
Please register for each session online. Register Online
Spots are limited, and registration closes when each class is filled. Once your child is registered, Miss Trice will be in touch directly with more information about the start of your session. You may pay online with a credit card or bring your payment to the first class. 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.