The First Three Years: Classes for Parents and Children

Becoming a parent can be one of the most transformative experiences of our adult lives, affording an opportunity to examine our own values and beliefs, relationships and ways of being in the world.  It is out of respect for this immense potential for growth in both parents and children that our classes are designed to enrich the lives of children, their parents and caregivers. 

Informed by Rudolf Steiner’s insights, as well as modern research on early childhood, we meet in a warm, homelike setting or in a beautiful outdoor spot, and together create an oasis of joy and calm for parents/guardians and children alike.  Each class starts with a simple circle time, drawing from the seasons and world of nursery rhymes, which sets an ideal mood for imaginative play and exploration. 

The first class families take with us is a Child Observation class; Work and Play classes come next, providing an opportunity to deepen the mood, principles and practices introduced in the Observation class.

Weekly discussions cover topics such as the importance of rhythm, warmth and sleep, care and protection of the senses and the young child’s imperative to move and play freely out of their own initiative within safe and consistent boundaries lovingly provided by adults.

Classes meet once a week for a ten-week session following the SFWS calendar and are led by experienced Waldorf early childhood educators who care deeply about supporting each parent/guardian and child on their own individual journey.

Friendships form in our classes which may continue beyond high school and a bridge to our school begins, with participants invited to join annual festivals, lectures and community events and to continue to deepen their exploration of Waldorf education over the years.

Our classes take place at our grade school campus and in the historic Arts and Crafts Parish House of the nearby Swedenborgian Church at 2107 Lyon Street and are for parents/guardians and their children up to age three.

Please email Parent-Child Program Director, Nichola Clark with any questions you may have about our classes at: nclark@sfwaldorf.org