Parent/Infant/Child Play Groups

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.

Payment

The cost is $225 per eight-week session. Once your application is completed, payments can be made by check. 

2019 Session Dates

Spring

Fridays 9:15-11:15am
April 5 (drop-in/make-up day), 12, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 31

Saturdays 9:15-11:00am
March 23, 30
April 13, 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 1 (drop-in-day)

Meet the Sunflower Garden Teachers

Nancy Hoose has been teaching in Waldorf settings with children aged birth to 6 years since 2008. Nancy worked under the mentorship of Wendy Weinrich at Mountaintop School in their mixed age kindergarten in both morning and afternoon programs before leading the school’s first toddler program, The Little Ones. Along with her love of children, she loves baking, handwork, singing and puppetry. Nancy is certified in Early Childhood having attended the Alkion Center, a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association with a focus on birth to three years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stockton State College. Nancy’s hobbies include swimming, hiking, yoga and snowboarding/skiing with her family. Nancy and her husband Randy’s children are Stella, class of 2018 alumni and Asher enrolled at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School.

Veronica Kent has been the afternoon lead kindergarten teacher at MLWS since 2009. She combines her experience as a harpist trained in contemplative musicianship and early childhood music with her ongoing professional studies in Waldorf education to bring a joyful and peaceful atmosphere to the afternoon kindergarten. She believes that music is an important aspect of early childhood education and has studied music of the mood of the fifth, as indicated by Rudolf Steiner, as well as trained in other contemporary and classical early childhood music idealogies. She tells stories, plays the harp and sings daily for the children in her care, as well as for puppet shows and festivals.

Miss Veronica has led the MLWS aftercare program, where she combined free play with structured games and activities to provide a healthy afterschool atmosphere for children spanning the grades. She has two children who have graduated from MLWS and and a new baby daughter.