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 and are grouped according to age and development.
Parent & Infant/Toddler Fall 2019 Registration Winter registration opens late October. Please check back then.
Parent & Infant I
6 weeks through creeping
8 weeks, $295
Thursday, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
Fall session: Sept 19 – Nov 14 (no class Oct 3) Fall Parent & Infant I is full. Please call to be placed on our wait list.
Winter session: Jan 16 – Mar 12 (no class Feb 6)
Spring session: Mar 26 – May 28 (no class Apr 9, May 7)
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
Parent & Infant II
Mobile Babies – Crawling to Confident Walking
8 weeks, $295
Friday, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
Fall session: Sept 20 – Nov 15 (no class Oct 4) Fall Parent & Infant II is full. Please call to be placed on our wait list.
Winter session: Jan 17 – Mar 13 (no class Feb 7)
Spring session: Mar 27 – May 29 (no class Apr 10, May 8)
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
Parent & Toddler
14 months to 2 years
10 weeks, $675
Thursday or Friday, 9-11 am
Fall session: Sept 12/13 – Nov 21/22 (no classes Oct 3/4) Fall Thursday and Friday Parent & Toddler are full. Please call to be placed on our wait list.
Winter session: Jan 9/10 – Mar 19/20 (no classes Feb 6/7)
Spring session: Mar 26/27 – Jun 4/5 (no classes Apr 9/10)
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 have 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
Parent-Child Friday is full. Please call to be placed on our wait list.
Full year: Sept 12 – June 4, 34 weeks, 8 parent-only evenings, $2920
Fall semester: Sept 12/13 – Dec 19/20, 13 weeks, 3 parent-only evenings, $1285
Spring semester: Jan 9/10 – June 4/5, 21 weeks, 5 parent-only evenings, $1835
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 pre-literacy development