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Parent Child Program

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Classes are held in a peaceful, home-like environment, carefully arranged for creative play. Parent Child classes are the perfect preparation for Waldorf education for the very young child. Spaces are limited.

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The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility; these are the very nerve of education.

Rudolf Steiner

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Parent & Child Classes

At the Davis Waldorf School we have a supportive and nurturing program for young families. The first 3 years in a child’s life are an amazing time of growth that fill parents and carefivers with awe and wonder.

In our warm and inviting Buttercup Preschool room, classes are held for little ones and their caregivers. The classes are held by an experienced Waldorf Early Childhood teacher who provides a program that echoes the rhythms of the Waldorf preschool. These classes offer caregivers a place to connect, discuss child development and parenting techniques, create seasonal crafts and learn about Waldorf Education. These classes are offered on Fridays throughout the school year and are divided into seasonal sessions.

Included, and in addition to the child-centered Fridays, one Saturday a month will be a caregiver-only time to come together for a few hours to discuss questions and topics of child development at greater depth. During these meetings we bake bread and share a simple meal, as well as craft a gift to bring home for the children.

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Wee Ones (6 to 18 months old)

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.

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Toddlers (18 months - 3.5 years)

Children have the opportunity to explore, imitate, play in more daring and creative ways, learn simple finger games, and enjoy a snack together. Caregivers will observe and support, learn new strategies around conflict resolution and boundary setting and meet new friends. The child’s imagination is encouraged through indoor play, song, stories, and games. More opportunities for gross motor development happen with more challenging environments and play.

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Register for all three sessions!

Join teacher Mary for an hour and half of engaging play and exploration. Classes will meet throughout the year on Fridays in the Buttercup Preschool of the Davis Waldorf School.

Fall Program:

Wee Ones Class – Age Group 6-18 months, Fridays, 1:30-2:30 pm: 9/20, 9/27 | 10/4, 10/11, 10/25 | 12/6, 12/13 plus 4 SaturdaysTBD – $375

Toddlers Class – Age Group 18 months – 3.5 years, Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am: 9/20, 9/27 | 10/4, 10/11, 10/25 | 12/6, 12/13 plus 4 Saturdays TBD – $500

Winter Program:

Wee Ones Class – Age Group 6-18 months, Fridays, 1:30-3:00 pm: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 | 2/7, 2/14, 2/28 | 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 plus 3 Saturdays TBD – $375

Toddlers Class – Age Group 18 months – 3.5 years, Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 | 2/7, 2/14, 2/28 | 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 plus 3 Saturdays TBD – $500

Spring Program:

Wee Ones Class – Age Group 6-18 months, Fridays, 1:30-3:00 pm: 4/4, 4/11 | 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 plus 2 SaturdaysTBD- $262.50

Toddlers Class – Age Group 18 months – 3.5 years, Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am: 4/4, 4/11 | 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 plus 2 SaturdaysTBD – $350

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Waldorf Early Childhood work is based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner

  • 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.
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