Our parent/child classes offer a nurturing environment and needs-based program for parents/caregivers/ expectant families and young children. We like to meet young children where they are and offer tools for the family to thrive. Children grow stronger emotionally, socially and intellectually when we stimulate the senses through beauty and play. Sensory experiences develop neural pathways in the brain creating a healthy foundation for future learning. We offer sensory play through natural materials such as wood, wool, and silk toys.
Our weekly class for them allows time for building skills such as preparing an organic snack of cut vegetables and fruit; as well as needing fresh dough for buns, which we enjoy together at snack time. We build our class community through meaningful, purposeful work. Children are invited to help clean up after our shared snack and/or are offered time for free play. Most children happily join in following the adults to joyfully while washing dishes and sweeping. By being a contributing member of the class community they are building self-esteem.
We allow time for creative free play, which encourages children's imaginations to flourish and cultivates social skills and problem solving. The beauty is simply we provide the time and space for children to create and inspire. By observing and providing a peaceful environment with open-ended natural toys children are able to bring out play from deep within enlivening themselves and others around them. Our classes are meant to create a safe community for parents and offer a quiet, calm space for children where their play is honored as work.
At the end of our mornings rain, shine, or snow we venture outside to relish in Rosebud Garden's beautiful outdoor space. This is a time where children can explore the natural world developing awe, respect, and reverence for Mother Earth. The opportunities are endless at Rosebud's garden space. There are chickens to watch, vegetables growing, trees to climb, sand to dig, and swings to sway. Time truly stops in this picturesque pastoral setting.
For families with children up to age three (children turning four during the school year should 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.
Session 1 begins Friday, September 16, 2016.
Friday mornings from 9:30am - 12:30am Please call for availability.
Seasonal Themes for 2016-2017:
Fall: "Spiritual Tasks of the Homemaker" - As caregivers we are in essence homemakers. We will look at what it means to be a homemaker, how we can fill and fulfill ourselves in this role, how to create our home space so that it is a nurturing space for the whole family, and healthy practices to keep us healthy and thriving.
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.