To address this pressure, the Santa Fe Waldorf School launches two classes for parents of young children: the Morning Glory Play Garden and the Rosebud Garden. Parents and caregivers will have opportunities to observe and discuss young children’s developmental stages and the needs that accompany them, in a cozy, homey setting. Emphasis will be on supporting parents in creating a home life that enhances children’s healthy growth. The programs, led by a trained Waldorf teacher and parent, will allow parents to observe how the teacher transforms simple activities into education for the young child. The classes include time for discussion and for parents to support one another in this challenging experience of parenthood.
The Morning Glory Play Garden will focus on the developmental stages of children from six weeks to 12 months, centering on creating a nurturing environment for the young child. Each week readings and discussion with parents will focus on different aspects of the Waldorf approach to creating an enriching, joyful home life, including the aspects of rhythm, warmth and connection, child development, healthy boundaries and more. The tone will be supportive and affirming of each parent’s unique wisdom and insight. Caregivers, grandparents and expectant parents are also warmly invited to join. This class meets Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m., October 2 to November 6.
The Rosebud Garden, for parents and their children at least 1 year old and walking, to 3 years old, will offer a space for adults to cultivate friendship and support while deepening their intuitive understanding of their child’s needs and abilities. Readings and discussion topics will support parents’ growth as well, offering simple yet transformative tips for creating a harmonious home life and working with the needs of the developing child. Participants will share tea, conversation, songs and games that will delight your baby, and simple seasonal crafts and toy-making projects. This class meets
Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., September 30 to November 4.
The cost per series is $120, with a six-family maximum for each class. Sibling discounts are available for each series. For registration information, contact Brent Poole, admissions coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 467-6431. Orientation for each class will be held on the Wednesday before the series begins.