Parent and child classes provide a safe place of support, friendship, learning, and community for parents in a wholesome and beautiful environment. Gentle guidance received through an established rhythm provides the opportunity for children and parents to experience the joy of harmoniously working and playing together through simple crafting, partner games, fingerplay and singing. The calm and flowing rhythm also provides the children with ample opportunities for safe exploration with natural toys and materials that encourage strong, healthy, self-initiated play and discovery. Come and experience a genuine class that nourishes the child as well as the parent and truly enriches family life from within. Parent and Child classes are held weekly for children under the age of three with an adult.
During the first stage of childhood children are learning and experiencing the world primarily through physical activity. The nurturing environment and daily gentle rhythm of the early childhood programs at Sea Star provide plenty of opportunity for children to learn and engage in meaningful ways through purposeful work, exploration and creative free play.
Children are engaged through practical work such as grinding wheat, kneading bread, chopping vegetables, gardening, sewing, and simple wood working.
Every morning the children gather in circle for finger plays, movement, song, verses and rhymes to inspire a love of language and develop fine and gross motor skills. Mid-morning, a wholesome, organic snack is shared at a beautifully set table.
Daily free play (indoors and outdoors) supports each child to trust their intuition, inspiration, and ability to solve problems as they create worlds with their imaginations while connecting to each other and with nature.
An artistic activity such as crayoning, watercolor painting or beeswax modeling is woven into each day. The morning draws to a close with the teacher telling a story, a time for listening and quiet reflection. Stories are told from memory and special attention is paid to the words chosen and their pronunciation to fully engage the children's imaginations.
Sequencing, sensory integration, hand-eye coordination, appreciating the beauty of language and other basic skills necessary for the foundation of academic excellence are fostered in this truly natural, loving and creative environment.
During the second stage of childhood, (from the age of six or seven until around the age of 14) feelings are of primary importance to children. They begin to understand the world through their responses to experience. Our curriculum is inspired by Waldorf Education and offers a full spectrum of Academic Subjects which are taught not only intellectually but experientially and artistically as well.
The children's journey of learning and self-discovery is guided by Certified Waldorf-Trained Teachers who consider each child's abilities and challenges individually. The distinguishing feature of Waldorf Education is its academic and artistic depth. The subjects come alive in an atmosphere of engaged learning where the children are fully immersed in the subject matter finding meaning and purpose in everything they learn. This relevancy is the key to remarkable students and exceptional human beings.
Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Foreign Language are supported through the integration of a rich Arts Program that includes Movement and Circle Activity, Form Drawing, Watercolor Painting, Knitting and Crocheting, Beeswax Modeling, Gardening, Cooperative Games, and Music to include Singing, Recorder, Violin, Speech, and Drama. Learning experiences involve and integrate the whole body and both hemispheres of the brain.
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