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
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 Teacher – Fridays
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.