The Early Years
Open enrollment for the fall 2016 Roots and Shoots program has begun. Contact Donna Stusser, at 707-575-7194 ext. 129, to discuss class availability. Click here to download the 2016-17 Roots and Shoots class schedule and sign-up form.
The first three years of a child's life are full of a phenomenal amount of growth and learning. Roots and Shoots classes offer support and guidance for families as they begin to establish routines that encourage the healthy development of the growing child. These classes provide a place, week after week, for children to enrich their world beyond their family circle.
Each Class, Infants through Blossoms, offers an open time for the child to explore free play. The toys and equipment are carefully chosen to encourage healthy movement and imagination. Children have the opportunity to grow their capacities as they explore new movements and practice old ones, such as climbing over a bridge, changing a doll's clothes or pouring water from a watering can.
Traditional nursery rhymes, simple finger games and seasonal songs are shared throughout the morning. Circle time encourages adults and children to laugh and cuddle, to be silly, as well as sincere. Songs aid the children in making transitions from one activity to another.
Exploration and Observation
Through the adults' quiet observation- both guided and spontaneous- of the children as they explore their surroundings, parents deepen their own intuitive knowledge and discover new ways of seeing the children.
Roots and Shoots classes are a great way to meet other parents and share the humbling trials and tribulations of parenting a young child in today's ever changing world. From first steps to first foods, potty training to establishing healthy sleep (for all!), and beyond, parents find the insights from one another "invaluable". Lively discussions are always part of the Roots and Shoots experience.
The Blossoms Program
The Blossoms classes at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm are designed to help young children (2 1/2 - 3 years of age) to mature socially while meeting their changing needs as they transition into the early childhood years. Parents or caregivers will accompany their children for the first few sessions of the school year; then, as the children become more comfortable and confident in their surroundings, adults will be encouraged to transition out of the classroom setting. The children's day will follow a natural rhythm of circle time, indoor play, organic snack and outdoor activity. This new class offering, held in Summerfield's unique Waldorf early childhood setting, is the perfect opportunity to provide young children with a healthy dose of socialization and enrichment.