Our parent-child program is a structured, play-based and developmentally appropriate program for children, walking through twenty-eight months of age, and their parents. The program provides a small group to engage in a nurturing, joyous environment of creative play, craft activities, circle time with singing, finger games, movement, snack preparation, a puppet story, and outdoor time. Parents and caregivers may find support by discussing issues pertaining to parenting and by observing their children in an imaginative and secure environment. The program meets weekly for approximately six to eight week sessions. The program does not have its own room, but shares a room with one of our preschool classes.
These classes provide an opportunity to support parents with their child’s development and to help them make lasting connections with other families. The sessions provide the parents and children with a peaceful, home-like environment, carefully arranged for creative play. The themes for the sessions are based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, such as:
- Young children learn through imitation.
- Rhythm in the home and school life helps the child feel secure and builds an inner self-discipline.
- Children need the protection of the senses in the early years and deserve to be surrounded by goodness and beauty.
- Children’s play is their work and is an important part of their healthy development.
- Play connected to the seasons of the year, as much as possible, is wholesome for the young child and engenders a love of our earth.
- Our children are our greatest teachers.