Davis Waldorf School

Parent Child Program

Classes for Children and their Parents or Caregivers

Our Hollyhock Parent Child classes provide an opportunity to support your child’s development and make lasting connections with other families in a class facilitated by our experienced, Waldorf-trained teacher, Simone Demarzi. The classes provide a peaceful, home-like environment, carefully arranged for creative play. It is also the perfect preparation for the very young child for Waldorf education.   
Waldorf Early Childhood work is based on the ideas of Dr. Rudolf Steiner. The themes we will be working from are these:  
  • 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.
Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to find support by discussing issues pertaining to parenting and to observe or play with their children in an imaginative secure environment.
Classes are held in a beautiful Davis Waldorf School early childhood classroom and are subject to minimum enrollment.
We have classes for four different ages of young children and their parent or caregiver. 
Infant Class
Fridays, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Fall Session: September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks), $250
Winter Session: December 1 – February 16 (10 weeks, no class December 29 or January 5), $250
Spring Session: March 2 – May 25 (12 weeks, no class March 30), $300
9 Months – 15 months 
Mondays, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Fall Session: September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks), $250
Winter Session: November 27 – February 12 (10 weeks, no class December 25 or January 1), $250
Spring Session: February 26 – May 21 (12 weeks, no class March 26), $300

16 Months – 24 Months 
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fall Session: September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks), $300
Winter Session: November 27 – February 12 (10 weeks, no class December 25 or January 1), $300
Spring Session: February 26 – May 21 (12 weeks, no class March 26), $360
2 – 3 year olds
Fridays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Fall Session: September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks), $300
Winter Session: December 1 – February 16 (10 weeks, no class December 29 or January 5), $300
Spring Session: March 2 – May 25 (12 weeks, no class March 30), $360
Orientation for All Classes: Saturday, September 9, 2:00 p.m. Location: Davis Waldorf Multipurpose Room

You may register you and your child by calling 530-753-1651. Payment is due at time of registration.  You may also download our registration form here

Class Placement: Parents should enroll their child in the class that matches child’s age in September, 2017. Children enrolled in the Fall session whose parents want to continue will stay in the same class for the duration of the year (and will age with other participants). Children who enroll after the start of the year should select the class that their child was aged in September. Questions? Call our office at 530-753-1651.

Class Descriptions
Non-mobile Infant (Fridays, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
In this class, a small group of parents and babies will come together in a quiet, relaxing and infant-friendly environment in order to practice observing their baby and learn about their infants’ unfolding development and play. The class includes time for observation and discussion. Discussions topics include age-appropriate expectations, how to facilitate infant play and learning, balancing parent and infant needs, and adapting the home environment to meet the needs of the growing, changing infant and family.  Parents are invited to ask questions and support can be given during this ever changing time with a new infant.  Infants will have the opportunity to interact with one another and begin the socialization process.

Mobile Baby (9 mos. – 15 mos.) (Monday, 11:15 – 12:15)
The newly mobile baby moves around the room, encounters other children, and is interested in things farther away - travels away from the parent or caregiver, and then returns. Simple toys to discover are placed in the environment, and simple platforms and low ramps are offered for their first climbing adventures. Parents and caregivers learn how to create environments that are safe for the young explorer and learn about developmental movements and social development; as well as learn ways to resolve small conflicts that may begin to arise over a toy or personal space or the challenge of a new task taken up by the child. Songs/nursery rhymes are introduced and a very short interactive song/story comes at the end of the class. 

16 Months - Young Twos (Monday, 9:30 -11:00) Children have opportunity to explore, play in more daring and creative ways, imitate, learn simple finger games and enjoy a snack together. caregivers observe and support, learn new strategies around conflict resolution and boundary setting and meet new friends. 

Older Twos and Threes (Friday, 9:30-11:00 am)
The child's imagination is encouraged through indoor and outdoor play opportunities, song, stories, and games. More opportunities for gross motor development happen with more challenging environments and play. A simple snack is also shared. Our teacher guides children through new skills and parents observe and support their children. 

When the weather allows, the Friday class will go for longer walks around the campus and beyond and not play indoors. A picnic snack will be provided and the children will have the opportunity to play in different outdoor environments near water, or around trees, or grassy areas. 
Simone Demarzi  Simone Demarzi has a BS in Education, a Waldorf Teaching Diploma, has completed three levels of RIE training, is a PITC (Programs for Infant Toddler Care) trainer, and holds a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the California State Department of Credentialing. She has taught at five different Waldorf Schools in their Early Childhood Programs over 40 years. She ran the LifeWays Child Care Program at Rudolf Steiner College, and had an Infant Care Program in her home for five years. Simone developed Parent Child programs at Live Oak Waldorf School and Sacramento Waldorf. She has three grown children all of whom went Preschool – 12 grade in a Waldorf School.

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