Lighthouse Parent/Child Class

Seacoast Waldorf School 'Lighthouse' Pre-school Program

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 mornings 9:00am – 11:00am 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

Fall Session II

Fridays, November 6 – December 18; 7 weeks – no class 11/27 $210

Winter Session III

Fridays, January 8 – February 19; 7 weeks – no class 2/5 $180

Spring Session IV

Fridays, March 11 – April 15; 6 weeks – no class 3/25 $120

Spring Session V

Fridays, April 29 – June 3; 7 weeks $150

Makeup days for inclement weather – Friday, March 4th

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

Mending

 

Note:

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, Extended Day Lead Teacher, Sea Star Assistant Teacher

Gina is originally from Massachusetts and recently relocated to North Berwick, Maine with her husband. Gina taught as a preschool teacher for fourteen years at the LEAP School (Language Enrichment Arts Program) before joining Seacoast Waldorf School. Gina holds a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, gardening, reading and spending time with family.

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.

Lighthouse 2015-2016 Application


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