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.
The 2017 – 2018 Sunflower Garden Parent/Infant/Child application form can be downloaded from the link below.
Spring 2018 session dates:
Mondays: 3/5, 12, 19, 4/9, 16, 23, 30, 5/7
Thursdays: 3/1, 8, 15, 22 4/5, 12, 19, 26
Fridays: 3/9, 16, 23, 4/6, 13, 20, 27, 5/4
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
Krista Marshall grew up in New York state and graduated in Early Childhood Education from The Waldorf Institute/ Sunbridge College in 1993. Beginning in 1997 she ran Morning Garden Home Nursery in her home and neighborhood for 12 years. Krista has also been a long term substitute teacher for Mountain Laurel’s kindergarten and nursery classes. She has also worked as a natural childbirth educator, a doula and is very passionate about conscious parenting. For the past 26 years she has worked with young children and families in a variety of life stage transitions. Krista is the mother of three Mountain Laurel alumni, ages 25, 22, and 18.
The play group meets on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the school year, from 9:15 am to 11:15 am. The cost is $225 per eight-week session.
Please contact the school office for more information at (845) 255-0033.
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