Parent Toddler Class at Aurora Waldorf School
Work and Play
In Parent-Toddler class, we create an environment that supports the healthy development of children (birth to 3½ ) and provides parents, grandparents, and caregivers with community and meaningful conversation. Through the cutting of apples, rocking of dolls, and watering of plants, the children exercise their capacities for independent, imaginative play while building confidence and resilience.
While the children play, parents and grandparents are invited to take up a handwork project. The projects this session include sewing a doll or knitting a toy. It is a pleasure for everyone to witness a flat piece of knitting transform into a beautiful ball, ready to be tossed. The sound of children thanking their parents for the toy that has come into being before their eyes is also heartwarming.
In the spirit of encouraging a willingness to explore new tastes, a warm snack is served in a three-week rotation: oatmeal with honey and cinnamon, rice with soy sauce and gomasio, and millet with sunflower seeds, gomasio, and soy sauce. Apples and raisins are also a part of every snack. Several children, who were reluctant to try new things at the beginning of the session, by the end, asked for seconds!
Besides nourishing our bodies with whole grains, we also nourish our minds with lively conversation. A weekly theme focuses our discussions on topics that support healthy development in early childhood. The themes this session: Imitation, Rhythm, Life Is Good!, Imaginative Play, Warmth, I Wonder, Nourishment, Discipline, Literacy, The Eye of Childhood, Self Care, and the Temperaments.
Circle Time and Puppetry
Following snack cleanup, we meet in a circle on the carpet for simple nursery rhymes, poems, clapping games, fingerplays, songs, and puppet shows. Adults participate with joy, and children are introduced, through imitation, to the playful nature of the spoken word and the satisfaction of practicing gross and fine motor skills.
Many of our days end playing outdoors in Aurora Waldorf School's early childhood playground. It is lovely to witness the transformation of the seasons together; hot mornings giving way to cool mornings and cool mornings become cold mornings. It is also beautiful to get to see crawlers become standers, standers become walkers, and walkers become talkers in the company of others who are in a similar stage of parenthood.
Upcoming Winter/Spring 2020Session
Mini heavy baby
Week 1. Play Spaces
Week 2. Nursery Rhymes
Week 3. Risky Play
Week 4. The Four Foundational Senses
Week 5. Imagination
Week 6. Sibling Rivalry
Week 7. Reverence
Week 8. Puppetry
Week 9. Nature Education
Week 10. Sleep
Week 11. Adversity
Week 12. Goodness, Beauty, Truth
Week 13. Festivals
Week 14. Sensory Experiences
Week 15. Toys
Week 16. Gratitude
Week 17. Nature Tables