We warmly invite you to Portland Waldorf School Parent-Child classes for a series of friendly and supportive mornings with your young child.
We are currently accepting applications for September 2013.
Our once-a-week classes begin in September and continue into June, with holidays and vacations following the school calendar. Ongoing enrollment continues throughout the year as space allows.
Older Children (2 to 3.5 years old)
Younger Children (1 to 2.5 years old)
To complete an on-line application, please click here.
Please contact Mary Beaton in the Admissions Office with any questions.
In a parent-child class, parents may:
- Deepen their understanding of child development through observation
- Learn more about the care for our senses
- Create healthy rhythms and discipline
- Relate to their children through play, song, story, and handwork.
Our Parent-Child classes provide a gentle and nurturing setting for families to come together once a week and explore ways to protect the grace, magic, and wonder of the first three years of childhood. The morning is filled with activities such as bread-making, circle rhymes, verses, songs, a puppet story and indoor and outdoor play. Everyone shares in a delicious, fresh, organic snack. Our classes embrace the participants in an atmosphere that is timeless, full, and nourishing, through a conscious awareness for the well-being and care of the children and through acceptance and respect for each other.
Each fall and spring session includes an in-depth Saturday parent meeting that contains discussions on various parenting and child development topics, such as play, discipline, sleep, nutrition, media, rhythm and routines. Parents are given materials to read and observational tasks to engage in, and are encouraged to share their insights, request topics, and ask questions.
Foundations of Waldorf Education
All classes at Portland Waldorf School (Parent-Child through 12th grade) are based on the teaching and writings of Rudolf Steiner and his understanding of human development. Whereas it is the adult nature to experience the world through the intellect, it is the young childs' nature to experience, explore, and come to know the world through the senses and meaningful physical activity. This class recognizes and addresses both of these realities.