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 a warm, home cooked 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 Monday or Friday mornings 9:30am – 12 noon. The upcoming sessions are:
- Monday, January 6, 2014 to Monday, February 17th (6 weeks) $180
- Friday, January 10th to Friday, February 21 (6 weeks) $180
- Monday, March 10- April 7 (5 weeks) $150
- Friday, March 14- April 18 (5 weeks, no class 3/21) $150
- Monday, April 28 – June 2 (5 weeks, no class 5/26) $150
- Friday, May 2 – June 6 (6 weeks) $180
Makeup days for inclement weather – Monday, March 3 and Friday, March 7
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 Profiles
Tricia Frey, BA
Tricia’s background is in the theater and corporate world and she left these endeavors to pursue her interest in working with children. Tricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from HofstraUniversity in NY. She worked for fourteen years as a production stage manager and actress throughout New England. She has completed the Waldorf Lifeways Training, was SeacoastWaldorfSchool’s aftercare teacher for two years and has been the Beach Pea Nursery teacher for over five years. She has a special fondness for the very youngest children and hopes to work with babies and toddlers when SeacoastWaldorfSchool is ready to design a program for that age group.
When not at SeacoastWaldorfSchool, Tricia can be seen tending the gardens at Strawbery Banke and interpreting to the visitors. She enjoys gardening, reading and swimming. She lives in Kittery, very near the ocean. This is her seventh year at SeacoastWaldorfSchool.
Wendy Marciniak, MA
Wendy has been sharing her love for teaching for over fourteen years and directly involved with Waldorf Education for more than ten. She holds a Masters degree in Waldorf Education from AntiochNew EnglandUniversity and is qualified as both a lead early childhood teacher and an elementary grades teacher. Wendy holds a deep interest in the natural world, the sciences and literature. She has two children, a son Izariah and a daughter, Althea and lives in Eliot, Maine.
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 include 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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