Parenting Programs for Birth to 3

Birth to 3 Parenting programs at Acorn Hill provide guidance and a supportive structure for families of very young children. From early infancy to age 3, we offer a quiet, gentle and developmentally appropriate environment in which both you and your child may explore and thrive, along with a diverse community of families. Our Parent-Child class offers the ideal transitional experience between parenting and independent classes. All classes meet once per week, Thursday or Friday, and are grouped according to age and development.

Parent & Infant/Toddler Registration     Parent-Child Registration

Our Classes

6 weeks through creeping

Fall, Winter, Spring 8 week sessions, $205
Thursday, 11:30am-12:45pm
Fall session: Oct 5 – Dec 7 (no classes 10/26, 11/23)
Winter session: Jan 18 – Mar 8

Our Parent & Infant programs are built upon the work of Rudolf Steiner (founder of Waldorf education) and Emmi Pikler (founder of the Pikler Institute). We also utilize current early childhood research, with attention and respect for the common sense and wisdom of generations of parents. This class offers a quiet, nurturing, supportive time for parents to simply be with their babies and to let their babies BE. Both parents and infants receive individualized attention and are introduced to the concepts of:

  • conscious, cooperative care giving to support attachment and attunement
  • self-initiated movement to support emerging sense of self and self confidenceLiz class outside toddlers sand
  • observation with warm objectivity to enhance parental confidence

Mobile Babies – Crawling to Confident Walking

Fall, Winter, Spring 8 week sessions, $205
Friday, 11:30am-1pm
Fall session: Oct 6 – Dec 15 (no classes 10/27, 11/10, 11/24)
Winter session: Jan 19 – Mar 9
Winter session Parent & Infant II is full. Please call to be placed on our wait list.

As babies begin to mobilize, their environment must change. This class provides a safe yet challenging environment for babies to explore, roll, crawl, climb, stand and interact. The concepts of Parent & Infant I will be continued with new topics such as:

  • feeding and nourishing your baby
  • sleep for you and baby
  • rhythm and routine for you and baby
  • creating family traditions
  • movement and cognitive development

14 months to 2 years

Fall, Winter, Spring 10 week sessions
Thursday or Friday, 9-11am
Fall session: Sept 22/28 – Dec 14/15 (no classes 10/26 or 27, 11/10, 11/23 or 24)
Winter session: Jan 18/19 – Mar 22/23

As our babies stand and walk, we want to continue to support their lives with rhythm and routine. While with our children, we work on  being in the moment while setting the tone of quiet industry which lets the children explore and begin their journey to free play. Your child will have space to explore movement and opportunities for social interaction. Parents will havestacking PT class_20130404 opportunities to work with toddler issues, including conflict. Together, parents and toddlers share:

  • circle time of songs and movement
  • a simple story
  • a wholesome snack
  • time outdoors, no matter the weather!

2 to 3 Years by Sept 1

Full year, Fall semester, Spring semester
Thursday, 9:15-11:30am (Full year, Fall, Spring)
Friday, 9:15-11:30am (Spring)

Options:

Full year: Sept 14 – June 7, 34 weeks, 8 parent-only evenings, $2695
Fall semester: Sept 14 – Dec 21, 13 weeks, 3 parent-only evenings, $1110
Spring semester: Jan 11 – June 7, 21 weeks, 5 parent-only evenings, $1800

Our Parent-Child program offers a course of training for child and parent alike, and an introduction into the setting of a Waldorf early childhood classroom. The ideal transition experience, it provides a welcoming and nurturing place for children to be in a school environment with parent still present as security. Parents will learn and experience wet-on-wet watercolor painting, simple knitting and sewing, basic wool felting, and a variety of simple domestic activities which can be adapted for home. Parents will have further opportunities for discussion in monthly parent evenings and working with child development such as play, warmth, conflict and sleep. Toilet training not required. Your child will have a safe and nurturing classroom experience and will have the opportunity to develop in the areas of:

  • sensory foundations
  • physical/motor foundations
  • interpersonal foundations
  • language and pre-literacy development