Parenting Programs for Birth to 3

NOTE: We have suspended registration for our 2020-21 Birth to Three Parenting Programs due to COVID-19. Changes to this programming may occur; please check back for updates.

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 and are grouped according to age and development.

Our Classes

6 weeks through creeping
8 weeks
Thursday, 11:30 am-12:45 pm

Fall session 2020: canceled
Winter session 2021:
Spring session 2021:

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 confidence
  • observation with warm objectivity to enhance parental confidence

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Mobile Babies – Crawling to Confident Walking
8 weeks
Friday, 11:30 am-12:45 pm

Fall session 2020: canceled
Winter session 2021:
Spring session 2021: TBD

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
10 weeks
Thursday or Friday, 9-11 am

Fall session 2020: canceled
Winter session 2021:
Spring session 2021: TBD

As our babies stand and walk, we want to continue to support their lives with rhythm and routine. While with our children, we work onĀ  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
Thursday or Friday, 9:15-11:30 am

Full year 2020-21: canceled
Fall semester 2020: canceled
Spring semester 2021: TBD

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 regular 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 preliteracy development