The Sunflower Garden Parent/Infant/Child Play Group meets in a nurturing setting where support and friendship grow out of weekly conversations with other parents and a facilitating teacher, while the babies and toddlers explore their world.
In the first three years, children develop, as if by a miracle, the three fundamental capacities of being human: they walk upright, they learn to talk, and they awaken to their individuality.
Striving to counteract the fast paced mentality of today, our parent-child classes support parents in creating a nurturing, rhythmical environment for their children.
Through quiet observation, parents deepen their own intuitive knowledge and discover new ways of being with and loving their children. Special attention is given to support the unfolding of children’s interests, motor abilities, social interactions, and problem solving skills.
The classes also cover topics such as care and protection of the senses, rhythms and routines, sleep, health and nutrition. Many of the difficult questions which face parents today are explored in a spirit of inquiry and mutual respect.
Our weekly teacher-led play group is held in a warm inviting Early Childhood classroom. Parents are welcomed with tea and handwork while the children enjoy free play, climbing, crawling and socializing. Each rhythmic morning includes bread baking, singing, a warm organic snack, puppetry and outdoor play.
MLWS Sunflower Garden Program Application Form
Meet the Sunflower Garden Teacher
Nancy Hoose received her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from the Alkion Center, a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stockton State College. Nancy has been teaching in Waldorf settings with children aged 18 months – 6 years since 2008. She loves baking, handwork, singing and puppetry. Nancy’s other hobbies include swimming, hiking, yoga and snowboarding/skiing with her family. Nancy and her husband Randy have 2 children, Stella Blue in the 7th grade and Asher in Kindergarten.
The play group meets on Fridays, during the school year, from 9:15 am to 11:15 am.
The dates for the Spring Session are:
3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 and a make up day of 6/2
Please contact the school office for more information at (845) 255-0033.