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.

To Enroll

To Enroll in a Roots and Shoots (not Blossoms) class, please contact Program Director Kate Hammond, at 707-481-9132, or Start dates and costs for fall classes are tbd. Select a tab to below to view class times and prices.

Friday, 1:30-3pm
For Pregnancy through age 8 months (as of September 1, 2020)

Monday 1:30-3pm
For ages 8-15 months (as of September 1, 2021)

Friday, 9-11am

For ages 15 months to 2 years (as of September 1, 2021)

Monday, 9-11am
For ages 2 to 2 1/2 years ( as of September 1, 2021)

Tuesday, 9-11am
For ages 2 years 4 months to 2 years 8 months (as of  September 1, 2021)

The Blossoms Program

The Blossoms 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. The children’s day will include creative play, learning about self care and toileting, story time and a healthy organic snack. The majority of the morning is spent outdoors in a natural setting specially designed for the young child.

The 2-day Blossoms and Sweet Pea Classes are on Thursdays and Fridays, from 9am-12pm.

The 3-day Blossoms is Monday – Wednesday, from 9am-12pm.


The Blossoms 3-day program tuition for the 2022-23 school year is $7,730.00, and the 2-day Blossom and 2-day Sweet Pea programs tuition is $5,370.00.

Click here to start the application process for Sweet Pea or Blossoms.