Lighthouse Parent/Child Class

Seacoast Waldorf School 'Lighthouse' Pre-school Program

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Lighthouse Parent/Child Class

Providing a warm and supportive children’s class with parents, facilitated by an experienced Waldorf early childhood educator.

For parents and children ages 18 months to three years, this 6-10 week parent/child class meets one morning each week. This is a gentle introduction to the beautiful Waldorf preschool environment and a welcoming, supportive atmosphere for parents.

The purpose of the parent/child class is to provide a bridge between home life and school; it is an opportunity for parents to come together with their children for an experience of the rhythm and techniques of Waldorf early childhood education. For some parents this is their first experience of the beauty of Waldorf education and the program provides opportunities to ask questions and learn more.

Children come and delight in the special attention given to support their unfolding interests, motor development,  problem solving skills, social interaction, creativity, speech and language development and unfolding social capacities.

Parents delight in spending the morning watching their child’s abilities unfold while sharing songs, games and cooking a warm, wholesome snack with your child while also enjoying the company of other adults, exchanging ideas and discovering new tips for parenting and care giving.

Program Schedule is Friday and Saturday mornings 9:00am – 11:30am for the fall with a possibility of adding Mondays after the new year.  The upcoming sessions are:

Fall Session I

Fridays, September 11 – October 30; 8 weeks $240

Saturdays, September 19 – October 31; 7 weeks $210

Fall Session II

Fridays, November 6 – December 18; 6 weeks – no class 11/27  $180

Saturdays, November 7 – December 19; 5 weeks – $150

Winter Session III

Mondays, January 4 – February 15; 6 weeks – no class 1/18  $180

Fridays, January 8 – February 19;  6 weeks – no class 2/5  $180

Saturdays, January 9 – February 20; 5 weeks $150

Spring Session IV

Mondays, March 7 – April 11; 6 weeks $180

Fridays, March 11 – April 15; 4 weeks – no class 3/18, 3/25  $120

Saturdays, March 12 – April 16; 5 weeks $150

Spring Session V

Mondays, April 25 – June 6; 6 weeks – no class 5/30  $180

Fridays, April 29 – June 3; 6 weeks $180

Saturdays, April 30 – June 4; 5 weeks $150

Makeup days for inclement weather – Monday, February 29 , Friday, March 4th, and Saturday, March 12

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Call 207-686-3140 to enroll.

“I spent an entire year attending sequential Parent/Child Lighthouse classes with my daughter before she entered nursery school. It was such a lovely experience for both of us.  It was so precious to be able to “go to school” along with her once a week and watch her blossom in front of my eyes. It was a protected, beautiful morning amid the hustle and bustle of the rest of the week.   I still look back on that year of Lighthouse classes with fondness. The fact that she seamlessly entered nursery school when the time came with no separation anxiety was an additional unexpected gift.”

 – D.M., Mother of a former Lighthouse Student


Possibilities in the Daily Schedule

Play and activity time                                    Adult conversation

Handmade dolls and animals                      Sharing and support

Naturalistic blocks, tree stumps                Circle time

Housekeeping                                                    Songs and movement games

Beeswax crayoning                                          Finger plays

Baking                                                                    Poems and verses

Adult artistic activities                                  Stories and puppets

Seasonal crafts                                                  Fairy tales

Snack time                                                           Nature tales

Prepared together                                            Outdoor time

Wholesome and fresh                                      Walks and playtime


Purposeful activity                                           Waldorf Education

Clean-up                                                                Presentation and discussion

Ironing                                                                   Child development




Outdoor play is a part of the daily schedule and children and adults should come dressed appropriately to enjoy the season’s weather.  In the winter please bring snow pants, snow boots, etc.  Our playground is muddy in the late winter/spring so we suggest rubber boots and rain pants.

Please bring slippers/indoor shoes for you and your child to change into.  This helps us keep our floors comfortable and clean.


Lighthouse Parent/Child Program Teacher Profile

Gina Garafalo-Plachowicz – Lighthouse TeacherFridays

Gina began working with young children as she studied Early Childhood and Special Education at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire.  After receiving her Bachelor’s degree she spent several years teaching and caring for children in childcare settings. Before coming to Seacoast Waldorf School Gina taught preschool and worked with families at The LEAP School (Language Enrichment Arts Program) in Lexington, MA for fourteen years.  Last year she was the teaching  assistant in the Seastar Kindergarten and the Extended Day teacher at Seacoast Waldorf School.   Gina now lives in North Berwick with her husband. She enjoys being outdoors, working in the yard, hiking, gardening, cooking and reading.

Kate Hopkins – LightHouse Teacher – Saturdays

Kate grew up in York, spending her summers as a camp counselor and enjoying the beach. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a Bachelors degree in Family Studies with a young child specialization, followed by a Masters degree in Elementary Education. Prior to coming to Seacoast Waldorf school, Kate taught kindergarten at a public school and preschool in a head start program. Kate joined the Seacoast Waldorf School in 2014 as the Beach Pea nursery assistant. She is thrilled to be teaching lighthouse as well as continuing with the Beach Peas. Kate lives in Eliot with her husband Shawn, daughter Claire, and their cat, Annie. She spends most of her free time knitting, gardening, and enjoying the beautiful seacoast!

Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.
  Please understand that the enrollment form and appropriate fees must be received before you are considered enrolled and can attend class.

The tuition for the LightHouse program includes a weekly healthy snack for parent and child(ren) and arts and crafts materials.  Each session has room for 8 families to participate.

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