The Parent Child program offers parents and caregivers, along with their young infants and toddlers, an introduction to child development and the Waldorf philosophy of early childhood education. The classes are held once a week for two hours a morning, in quarterly sessions, in a beautiful and nurturing environment that supports the wonders and exploration of the first years of life. Each week we begin our play date in the early childhood play yard under the umbrella shade of the giant monkey pod trees. This outdoor world stimulates the senses and allows freedom of movement as the children explore the rich sensory world of sand, water and plants. Swinging, blowing bubbles, riding in the wagon and feeding the birds are just some of the activities that the little ones enjoy. The second half of the play time is spent in our new Parent Child room which is designed to allow the youngest children to experience a home like and stimulating environment in which to explore age appropriate toys and their beginning social interactions. We have a nutritious snack, join together in singing games and finger plays, and finish off the morning with a simple puppet story. During the morning parents and caregivers are supported in their parenting and inspired by conversations with other parents and with an experienced, Waldorf trained teacher. Topics may include creating rhythm and routine in home life, health and nutrition, sleep patterns, and motor and speech development. For parents who are interested, there is also a simple toy making craft activity. Please join us for this lovely play date with your child!