Roots and Shoots
Infants through Blossoms
The first three years of a child’s life are full of a phenomenal amount of growth and learning. Roots and Shoots classes offer support and guidance for families as they begin to establish routines that encourage the healthy development of the growing child. These classes provide a place, week after week, for children to enrich their world beyond their family circle.
Each Class, Infants through Blossoms, offers an open time for the child to explore free play. The toys and equipment are carefully chosen to encourage healthy movement and imagination. Children have the opportunity to grow their capacities as they explore new movements and practice old ones, such as climbing over a bridge, changing a doll’s clothes or pouring water from a watering can.
Traditional nursery rhymes, simple finger games and seasonal songs are shared throughout the morning. Circle time encourages adults and children to laugh and cuddle, to be silly, as well as sincere. Songs aid the children in making transitions from one activity to another.
Exploration and Observation
Through the adults’ quiet observation- both guided and spontaneous- of the children as they explore their surroundings, parents deepen their own intuitive knowledge and discover new ways of seeing the children.
Roots and Shoots classes are a great way to meet other parents and share the humbling trials and tribulations of parenting a young child in today’s ever-changing world. From the first steps to first foods, potty training to establishing healthy sleep (for all!), and beyond, lively discussions are guaranteed. Parents find the insights from one another invaluable.
For Pregnancy through age 8 months
Fall-Classes begin the week of October 1 and run for 8 weeks: $300
For ages 8-15 months
Fall-Classes begin the week of September 9 and run for 13 weeks: $486
Spring-Classes begin the week of January 13 and run for 17 weeks: $636
For ages 15 months to 2 years
Fall-Classes begin the week of September 9 and run for 15 weeks: $702
Spring-Classes begin the week of January 6 and run for 18 weeks: $842
For ages 2 to 2 1/2 years
Fall-Classes begin the week of September 9 and run for 13 weeks: $608
Spring-Classes begin the week of January 13 and run for 17 weeks: $795
The Blossoms and Sweet Pea Program
The Blossoms and Sweet Pea classes at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm are designed to help young children (2 1/2 – 3 years of age) to mature socially while meeting their changing needs as they transition into the early childhood years. Parents or caregivers will accompany their children for the first few sessions of the school year; then, as the children become more comfortable and confident in their surroundings, adults will be encouraged to transition out of the classroom setting. The children’s day will follow a natural rhythm of circle time, indoor play, organic snack and outdoor activity. These classes are held in Summerfield’s unique Waldorf early childhood setting, is the perfect opportunity to provide young children with a healthy dose of socialization and enrichment.