The school’s drop-in playgroups began this past May, and proved so popular that the school will offer them again this fall, with two currently scheduled for September 19 and 26 at 9:30 a.m. and more likely to be scheduled later in the fall. Each playgroup session is free and open to the public for birth to three-year-olds with a caregiver and provides a taste of the school’s more formal parent-child classes.
“Parents spend much of their days keeping up with all the needs of their children. In our playgroups parents can enjoy a break by sitting around the edges of the room and bringing their attention to the children as they play,” notes Katherine Scharff, a longtime early childhood educator at the school and Simplicity Parenting ® coach. The playgroup time also includes observation time, some time to share, lap and finger games, snack for the children and outside playtime.
Other early childhood programs at the school include parent-child classes offered weekly in six-week sessions based on demand and whole-year pre-school and kindergarten classes for either two or five days a week based on age. Classes are held at one of two campuses. At the Waldorf Early Childhood Center across from Eastside Recreational Park on Lake Avenue, children experience intimate and nurturing classrooms and a play yard and gardens within a friendly neighborhood setting. Located on Spa State Park land, the Forest Kindergarten campus features numerous forested hiking trails and ample yard space for climbing, gardening, digging, playing, and working. A restored farmhouse provides a nurturing indoor space for a nutritious organic lunch, rest, and respite from extreme weather.
For more information on The Waldorf School’s drop-in play groups or any of their other early childhood programs, visit their website at www.waldorfsaratoga.org/earlychildhood or call or email their admissions office at 518-587-2224 or email@example.com.
Waldorf September Drop-in Playgroups:
September 19, 9:30 a.m. at the Forest Kindergarten, 45 Kaydeross Ave. West September 26, 9:30 a.m. at the Early Childhood Center, 212 Lake Ave.
Also save the date for a special Waldorf Autumn Festival celebrating 100 years of Waldorf Education worldwide! Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pitney Meadows Community Farm