Nestlings Parent/Toddler Classes
Our parent-toddler classes are a delightful opportunity for parent and child to be with other families for play, songs and nursery rhymes, a wholesome snack, puppet shows, seasonal celebrations, and handcrafts for parents. Children are nurtured by the joyful, rhythmical environment and parents will find support in community and, through observation and sharing, will deepen their own intuitive knowledge and discover new ways of being with their children.
Waldorf Early Childhood work is based on the ideas of Austrian 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 nature.
- Our children are our greatest teachers.
Mondays and/or Fridays from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Mondays, 12 weeks starting September 18 ($420)
- Fridays, 11 weeks starting September 15 ($385)
- Mondays, 9 weeks starting January 8 ($315)
- Fridays, 10 weeks starting January 10 ($350)
- Mondays, 8 weeks starting April 16 ($280)
- Fridays, 8 weeks starting April 20 ($280)
Our preschool has a three-day offering for two-and-a-half to three-year-olds, Tuesdays through Thursdays. We also offer a three-, four-, or five-day offering for three-and-a-half to four-year-olds, all of which start on Mondays. Both classes meet from 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.
Structured for two-and-a-half to four-and-a-half-year olds, the class provides the same home-like environment available in our kindergarten, but gives the younger child a special place to call their own. For many young children, preschool is a first opportunity to learn to play constructively with friends, developing important social skills like sharing and managing their emotions. The preschool classroom gives them the space to develop these skills in a place all their own before moving up to the four- and five-day kindergarten.
The rhythm prevalent in Waldorf education permeates the preschool, as well. These younger students enjoy a welcoming presence in the classroom as school starts, followed by a good long hour of free play in the classroom stocked with wooden toys and other natural-fiber toys. Cloth dolls, wooden animals, play kitchens, colorful silks, all beckon to their imagination. The day includes circle time with singing, story time, snack time, and outdoor play. A regular rhythm in the days and weeks is a comfort to children of this age, as they build security in knowing what to expect.
Our kindergarten classes meet weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Younger children may attend only Monday through Thursday, with four-a-half to five-and-a-half-year-olds in one kindergarten class, and five-and-half to six-and-a-half year olds in a separate kindergarten class.
The Waldorf Kindergarten is a warm, homelike environment, which is protective and secure and where things happen in a predictable manner. The teacher engages in domestic, practical and artistic activities that the children can readily imitate (for example, baking, painting, gardening and handicrafts), adapting the work to the changing seasons and festivals of the year.
Kindergarteners play outside a good portion of every day, rain or shine. Our playground is a natural play area designed for climbing and creative play. The daily routine also includes a nature walk, circle work, art (watercolor painting, drawing, beeswax modeling, handcrafts), practical work (sewing, woodworking, baking, gardening, and cleaning), indoor free play, rest, story time, and a warm, nutritious snack.
For further information about Waldorf early childhood education contact The Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.