Sun Garden Classes
For parents, grandparents, or caregivers and children between 2 years and 3 years, 4 months at the start date.
The Sun Garden Parent & Child Class (in the Garden House)
Children and parents experience the rhythms of a simplified Waldorf kindergarten morning in our Garden House, or yurt, which is nestled in our Children’s Garden play yard. The class begins with ample time for the children to play creatively and explore inside our classroom. While observing the children, parents busy themselves with crafts, baking, and other domestic arts and activities, which the children can choose to help with. Crafts might include creating a simple doll, candle making, felting, or sewing a stuffed toy. We come together as a group for circle time, with seasonal songs and verses, and for a snack seated around our table. Outdoor playtime is part of class each week rain or shine. Our expansive play yard offers climbing, sand play, water play, swinging opportunities, and time to just enjoy nature. The class concludes back inside the Garden House with a puppet show and goodbye circle.
Forest Parent & Child Class
Outdoor play and regular contact with the natural world provide profound health and developmental benefits to the young child. The Forest Parent & Child Class offers parents and children a morning together in nature within the supportive atmosphere of a group. This all-outdoor class weaves in activities common to Waldorf early childhood programs beginning with a morning greeting circle. A trail hike through a wooded area to a stream follows with stops along the way to notice and interact with the natural world and play. The teachers choose and guide the hikes with an eye to supporting the young child’s physical and sensory development. We typically encounter a variety of terrain, roots, fallen trees, mud, rocks, water, and weather. Following the walk participants enjoy a well-earned snack together on picnic blankets. During the class sessions, parents have the opportunity to do crafts inspired by nature, cook outdoors, and have discussion based on weekly readings that accompany the class. The morning concludes with a circle time of seasonal songs and finger plays and a puppet show.
Location: The Forest Class meets either at WWS, basing itself out of the Garden House, or at nearby Westmoreland Hills Park (5315 Elliott Drive, Bethesda.)
The Sungarden classes run for ten weeks for two and a half hours once a week. Fall and Spring sessions are offered.