In our Morning Glories Parent-Child Class, you and your
child will experience a Waldorf early childhood atmosphere and
community—a place where children play together and parents support one
Creative play is central to the Waldorf approach to early childhood, for
it is in play that the children assimilate and integrate the world
around them. Their experience of the general mood, the speech they hear,
and sense impressions at home and elsewhere, are reenacted through
imitation in play. Toys in the Waldorf early childhood environment are
simple and unfinished, inviting the children to enliven them. Through
fantasy and imitation the children begin their journey into themselves
and out into the world.
While play is important for physical, social, and emotional growth, it
is also the formative element for the development of thinking and
intellectual activities. The more children can be absorbed in their
play, the more freely and effectively they will take hold of their
potentials in the future.
Each morning in the Morning Glories classes follows the same rhythm. The day begins with free play for the children and meaningful work for the adults. The parents (and sometimes children) might help chop apples for applesauce and later work on a handwork project lead by the class teacher. Adults may engage in quiet conversation but are requested to maintain an atmosphere of calm and refrain from discussing adult topics. Next, the class teacher will lead the children and parents in tidying the room. Circle time follows with seasonal songs, finger games, and a simple puppet show. After the circle, everyone shares a wholesome snack at a beautifully laid table. The older children might help serve their parents and friends. After snack time, the children bid farewell to their teacher and are invited to play outside, with parent supervision.
Parents, grandparents, or other caregivers are welcome with children up
to 3 1/2 years old. Each class meets once a week, Thursday or Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Thursday Morning Glories: Sept. 12-Jan. 23
Friday Morning Glories: Sept. 13-Jan. 24
Thursday Morning Glories: Feb. 6-Jun. 5
Friday Morning Glories: Feb. 7-Jun.6
The fee is $535 per family, per session, which includes siblings under 18 months;
siblings 18 months or older add $160. Register for the entire year in
advance and receive one class free. Payable in advance.