For families with children up to age three (children turning four during the school year are not eligible and should instead apply for one of our preschool programs described above). Expecting parents are also eligible to enroll in the class. This group provides an opportunity for parents to learn, work, and socialize together while the children play.
The 2015-2016 parent-child class will meet on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am. We are looking to fill a Friday morning class, as well. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity.
Our parent-child classes offer an opportunity for children to discover the world in a special setting with their families. Parents, grandparents, or caregivers and their young child come together once a week in a nurturing, home-like environment under the guidance of early childhood teachers. Our daily rhythm includes making bread for our morning tea, domestic activities, free-play, seasonal circle games and songs, storytelling, and puppetry. For the adults, we offer parent education, crafts, and observation of the children. An honoring of the young child's imaginative capacity in play sets a mood of wonder, reverence, and enthusiasm for the tasks at hand. We strive to support parents in strengthening their parenting skills and in creating a healthy and joyful home life.
Seasonal Themes for 2015-2016:
Fall: "Parenting as a Meditative Art: Rhythm, Repetition, Ritual, and Reverence"
Winter: "Simplicity and Form: Simplifying your Household and Creating Loving Boundaries"
Spring: "The Science Behind the Art: Forming a Foundation through Free Play, Song, and Natural Materials"
Our parent-child classes are led by Molly Brown Brett '00. Molly has been fascinated with education her entire life. Growing up, she attended schools of varying philosophies and her interest grew. During high school, her curiosity and study birthed a 30-page research paper comparing Waldorf Education to other methods. Because of this experience, she decided to transfer to Kimberton Waldorf School, from which she graduated in 2000. Molly's love for Waldorf Education continued to grow. She taught summer camp at Kimberton Waldorf School and worked at Beaver Run Camphill Special School for five years. She began at Beaver Run as a teachers aide and over the years took on more responsibility, teaching electives and substituting. Molly volunteered at the Bangkok Waldorf School while backpacking in SE Asia. Following her love for travel and adventure, Molly and her husband moved south to the Blue Ridge Mountains. There, Molly taught yoga and pilates and began to devote time to educating parents on the wonders of Waldorf philosophy by creating study groups and holding festivals. Soon other opportunities called her family further south to Asheville, NC. Molly spent a year as the parent-child teacher at Azalea Mountain School before returning home to PA. She has been assisting here in early childhood since her return. She is also passionate about yoga and pilates, which influence her daily routines both inside and outside of the classroom.