Parent Child Program

Imagine a beautiful space for babies and toddlers to explore.  Experience a calm rhythm and enjoy nourishing food while discussing healthy child development, movement, sleep, meals, media, and nature. Our weekly classes are cherished by parents, expectant parents, and caregivers as a place to connect and learn. Themes related to child development, Waldorf education, and parenting the young child are explored through readings and facilitated discussions. 

Winter/Spring Classes

Rainbows: Baby Observation - Mondays or Fridays

Ages:  Birth to walking

Monday Class
Time:  12 - 1:30 pm
Fee:  $720 
16 classes -
January 12, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 2, 9, 16 23, 30
April 20, 27
Mary 4, 11, 18
June 1

Friday Class
Time: 
9 - 10:30 am 
Fee:  $720
January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 28,
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 24
May 1, 8, 15 22, 29 

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Description:  Explore themes related to the growth, development and parenting of the very young child. Babies lie on a soft blanket where they watch what interests them or move around to reach the objects in the room. Special attention is given to supporting the natural unfolding of children’s interests, movement abilities, social interactions, and problem-solving skills. A warm meal and tea are served for parents, and a nurturing atmosphere welcomes and surrounds adults and babies alike. Parents learn simple seasonal songs, lullabies, and games to play with their babies. They also develop their ability to quietly observe and interpret babies’ movements, gestures, and vocalizations. Through quiet observation, parents deepen their own intuitive knowledge and discover new ways of being with and loving their children. Weekly readings are explored in a spirit of mutual learning, and classes include opportunities for informal conversation. The classes are based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Emmi Pikler. We also utilize current research along with the common sense and wisdom of generations of parents.  Teacher Diana Mei is a fluent signer and introduces basic signs throughout the session.

Moonbeams: Young Toddler Observation - Tuesdays or Friday

Class:  Young Toddler Observation
Ages:  Walking to 20 months

Tuesday Class
Time:  9 - 10:30 am
Fee:  $765 
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 21, 28

Friday Class
Time: 
  11:00 - 12:30 pm
Fee:  $720
January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 28,
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 24
May 1, 8, 15 22, 29 

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Description:  Parents of toddlers spend most of their days attempting to keep up with the almost constant motion and energy that marks this stage of development. Adults and children alike experience joy and support when the adults bring their calm and focused attention to the children during a period of quiet observation. This practice is introduced in our first class and gradually builds up to longer periods of child-led play and observation by parents, who provide gentle support and guidance as needed. New techniques such as the benefits of a consistent rhythm, freedom of movement, imaginative play, and the care and protection of the developing senses are explored over the course of the session. We enjoy a morning circle of simple songs and rhymes, free play and observation, and discussion of a weekly reading. A warm snack and tea will be served. Teacher Diana Mei, is a fluent signer and will introduce basic signs throughout the session.

Moonstars Cooking: Toddler and Parents - Monday or Tuesday

Ages:  Walking to 36 months

[FULL - waitlist only] Monday Class
Time:  
9 - 11 am
Fee:  $800
January 12, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 2, 9, 16 23, 30
April 20, 27
Mary 4, 11, 18
June 1
 

Tuesday Class
Time: 
3 - 5 pm   
Fee:  $850
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 21, 28

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Description: We make delicious soups each week starting with fresh organic seasonal vegetables. And we bake yummy breads that the children and parents knead before baking. Parents and children enjoy this lovely time together preparing our weekly meal. Along with learning simple rhymes and songs while we cook together, have a circle time, and the children enjoy free play. Selected readings are distributed and discussed. Each class culminates in our shared organic meal.

Moonstars: Toddler Observation - Wednesdays

Class:  Toddler Observation
Age:  Walking - 30 months

Time: Wednesdays, 9 - 10:30 am
Fee: $765

January 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 3, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20

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Description:  Parents of toddlers spend most of their days attempting to keep up with the almost constant motion and energy that marks this stage of development. Adults and children alike experience joy and support when the adults bring their calm and focused attention to the children during a period of quiet observation. This practice is introduced in our first class and gradually builds up to longer periods of child-led play and observation by parents, who provide gentle support and guidance as needed. New techniques are explored such as the benefits of a consistent rhythm, freedom of movement, imaginative play, and the care and protection of the developing senses. We enjoy a morning circle of simple songs and rhymes, free play and observation, and discussion of a weekly reading. A warm snack and tea is served. Teacher Diana Mei, is a fluent signer and introduces basic signs throughout the session.

Moonstars : Toddler Nature Class - Wednesdays or Thursdays

Class:  Toddler Nature Class at El Polin Spring, Presidio
Age:     Walking - 36 months

Wednesday Class
Time: 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Fee: $765
January 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 3, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20

Thursday Class
Time:  10:30 - noon
Fee:  $765
January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 27
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 23, 30
May 7,  14, 21, 28

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Description: The school has been a leader in the “children in nature” movement - long before it was a movement! For 100 years, Waldorf schools around the world have promoted the benefits of spending time in nature. These classes provide a living experience of observation and free play in an outdoor setting. Insights and clarity are gained and parents and children become more comfortable being outdoors in all kinds of weather. Come explore with us and enjoy the wonder and beauty of nature as we journey through sand, water, fields, and forests. Seasonal songs and rhymes, along with weekly readings and discussion complement our experience. At the end of each class we come together for circle time followed by a hearty organic snack (provided). Class #1 meets at El Polin Spring in the Presidio. Class #2 meets at various parks in San Francisco (specific locations announced weekly).

Sessions

  • Spring (January – June)
  • Fall (September – December) 

Location

Class are held at two locations: 

  • Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon Street
  • Nature classes in the Presidio

Enrollment Policies

Please review before registering for a class.

  • Class fees are non-refundable unless the entire class is canceled by the instructor.

  • Make-up class will be offered if the instructor must cancel a class.

  • Children must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before returning to class.

  • Enrollment fees are for one adult and one child. Fee is $150 for a second adult or child (no charge for additional babies-in-arms).

  • Participants may withdraw from a class up to 10 days before session starts. A credit towards a future class will be granted, minus a $50 administrative fee.

  • All guests to class require advance permission from instructor (such as a partner or a visiting relative).

  • We warmly welcome all families, including prospective, adoptive, foster, single-parent, and LGBTQ families.

A look inside

Three toddlers holding hands and running down a path during a sunny day in the Presidio.

The school is at the forefront of the “children in nature” movement. Come explore with us in the Presidio!

A baby is held by a father who is sitting in a circle during class.

Parents and guardians learn simple seasonal songs, lullabies, and games. They also develop their ability to quietly observe and interpret babies’ movements, gestures, and vocalizations.

Teacher Diana Mei sits in a circle and talks to parents, babies on the floor nearby.

"The class was such a wonderful place for me to take my questions. Diana's knowledge, wisdom, and years of experience working with children shine through."

Food , flowers, and a basket of rolling pints sit on a table.

We make delicious soup from fresh organic seasonal vegetables. And we bake yummy breads that the children and parents knead before baking.

A todder holds flowers while sitting at a table next to parents during a cooking class.

"It is rare and valuable to have experiential learning alongside other parents and held with skilled facilitation."