Date(s) - 03/30/2017 - 05/30/2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursdays: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25. 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Peas and Carrots Parent-Child Program provides education and resources for parents and their young children from one 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 class encourages 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. This class creates 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.