Parent and Child
2 - 4 year olds with a Parent or Caregiver
Friday mornings from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Classes begin Friday, September 21st
and follow the Polaris School Calendar
Cost is $250 for 10 week Fall Term
Just as the earliest spring flowers in Canada reflect the star-like shape of our twinkling winter stars, so also are our children shaped by our unique northern climate.
Join us for Parent and Child as we explore the ways we can nurture and support our children with the warmth and light of home as we make our way into the coming fall and winter months. Mornings in the class will be spent in observation of our children, baking bread, crafting with natural materials, observing the seasonal changes through song and puppetry and discussing current parenting challenges. Through grinding grain, kneading dough and working with wool and beeswax, we will practice daily household rhythms that can add beauty and meaning to our home life. Following circle time and puppetry, we will enjoy a warm snack and blessing together around the table.
Darla Barrows, Parent & Child Teacher
Darla was born and raised on a rural dairy farm in the Midwest surrounded by rolling green hills. Growing up on a farm cultivated her lifelong love of nature and its place in the imaginative lives of children. She discovered Waldorf education sixteen years ago when she become a mother to a beautiful baby boy and it was as a young mother that she discovered her love of growing morning glories, singing and baking. Darla completed her Waldorf EC teacher training in New England at the Early Childhood Teacher Education Center at Sophia's Hearth and has been teaching Parent and Child classes for the past five years at Stone Soup Crafts, Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School and Just Food Farm. Prior to her work in Waldorf education, Darla enjoyed a career as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter for Deaf children in Arizona and Minnesota and soon discovered that the spatial gestures and pictorial linguistics of signing deeply complemented her work in the Waldorf early childhood classroom. Darla especially loves the warmth of baking bread and enjoys helping families find the time to work it into their home rhythm.
For more information on the Parent and Child Program, you may contact Darla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two “magic” words indicate how children enter into relationship with their environment. These words are imitation and example. The Greek philosopher Aristotle called human beings the most imitative of creatures. For no age in life is this truer than for the first age of childhood, before the change of teeth. Children imitate what happens in their physical environment. […] “Physical environment” must, however be understood in the widest sense imaginable. It includes not just what happens around children in the material sense, but everything that occurs in their environment – everything that can be perceived by their senses, that can work on the inner forces of children from the surrounding physical space. This includes all moral or immoral actions, all wise or foolish actions that children see.
- Rudolf Steiner
in The Education of the Child