Morning Garden is many families’ first experience of Waldorf education. This parent-child (or grandparent, caregiver, etc) program is designed for children from birth to age 4, and is offered as either a weekly class or 2-day transitional class. Outdoor playtime, circle time with songs, morning snack and free play create a nurturing environment for children and parents alike. Younger siblings are welcome!
For weekly and transitional class children, the morning begins with outdoor playtime, and once in the classroom, the teacher leads the group in circle time with finger plays, songs and seasonal verses. Circle time is followed by preparation of the morning snack (with the help of parents and children) as well as a craft activity for the adults. After snack, there is a time for free play when the children can be with their parents or join in play with other children. The morning ends with the telling of a lovely, seasonal story that is both enchanting and perfect for the age group. Morning Garden also provides a place for parents to share stories and friendship in a warm, nurturing environment.
The following Morning Garden classes are offered:
- Morning Garden Weekly Classes on Tuesdays or Wednesdays are from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm and are offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Many families enroll for the entire year. Parents or caregivers spend the entire class time with the children.
- Morning Garden Transitional Class on Thursdays and Fridays is a 32-week class from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm and begins in September. A caregiver stays with the child for the first 8 weeks, then begins spending less time in the classroom to gradually transition from class-time spent with parents to children being in the classroom independently.
- Morning Garden Toddler Class is a weekly class for children 12 months to 24 months (or younger, if walking). The class has an abbreviated parent-child rhythm offering time indoors for circle, snack, and free play. The toddler class is held on Mondays from 10 am – 12 pm for 8-weeks in the Fall and Spring.
- Morning Garden Infant Class is held in the Spring for infants from birth to 12 months. The class is held weekly on Mondays from 10 am – 12 pm for 6-weeks. This “babies on blankets” class is focused on parent interaction with the baby and discussion on infant care and parenting. The class is led by a trained doula.