For infants and toddlers 2 months to 3 years
“Motor abilities provide a reflection of brain development and integration, but [young children] need time, opportunity, and practice to reach optimum performance [of new motor skills].”
- Sally Goddard Blythe, What Babies and Children Really Need
The Westside Waldorf School’s Parent-Child Programs provide education and resources for parents and their young children from two months to three years of age. Together we seek to create a warm, secure and joyful place for young children to play, discover and gradually unfold. Participants come together in an inviting environment that echoes the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom. The classes encourage young children to explore and engage in the wonders of the first years of life in group play. They offer parents a place to connect, find a supportive group, discuss and share child development and parenting issues, and to learn about Waldorf education.
Our teachers create safe play spaces that offer children rich opportunities for age-appropriate, self-initiated exploration. Open-ended toys made from natural materials nourish the children’s developing senses, encourage them to employ their creative and imaginative capacities, and further develop their emerging fine-motor skills. Structures that they can move, explore with their whole bodies, crawl over and into—combined with environments that invite movement—help develop their gross-motor coordination.
Through quiet observation of the children, and conversations centered on weekly readings on child development, the adults gain greater awareness and trust in their children’s growing interests, motor abilities, social interactions, and problem-solving skills. Their trust strengthens the children’s emerging self-confidence and feeds their growing interest in exploring their world.
Dear new SPRING Parent Child families,
As we navigate the online world of Waldorf education during the tender ages of 2 months to 36 months, we welcome new families during this time of social distancing.
Here is a letter from one of our teachers to her current Spring Session families:
"Welcome to Parent-Child! I hope you can find some information to hone your parenting art and some inspiration to nurture your parenting heart. I look forward to our continued 8 pm Wednesday night parent chats, and am also available Mondays and Thursdays between 11:30-2:00 for individual support."
Our two wonderful teachers, Miss Anjum and Miss Ginger, will welcome you to a peek into the caring relationship that they offer to our community.
Please contact Ms. Carol at: firstname.lastname@example.org - for more information regarding a first visit.
We welcome you with Waldorf Wonder.