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Mission of the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork
To inspire the spirit of the child and elicit academic excellence through educational artistry.
Our vision is to educate children for intellectual ingenuity, moral character and global citizenship. Alongside Waldorf schools worldwide, we graduate lifelong learners who give purpose to their lives and communities.
The Peas and Carrots Parent-Child Program provides education and resources for parents and their young children from one to three years of age. Together we seek to create a warm, secure and joyful place for young children to play, discover and gradually unfold. Participants come together in an inviting environment that echoes the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom. The class encourages young children to explore and engage in the wonders of the first years of life in group play. They offer parents a place to connect, find a supportive group, discuss and share child development and parenting issues, and to learn about Waldorf education.
Our morning Rhythm
9am-Arriving, settling in, tea and visiting
9:20-Active Circle Time
10:30-Cleanup-Everyone gets a chore
At the beginning of class every family will receive a folder with a letter giving a picture of what the class will look like. They will also receive copies of the songs we will be singing and finger games so that they may become active participates in the class itself. This ensures a much stronger and richer class experience.
Every week, each family will be given a handout on different topics pertaining to Waldorf Early Childhood pedagogy. They will be asked to read the handout during the week, and we will have time during the class to answer and discuss any questions that may arise. Topics that will be brought for the Fall session are following.
Week one-Warmth-a general overview/the importance of.
Week two-Warmth and the support of the lower senses.
Week Three-Rhythm in early Childhood
Week Four-Rhythm and the importance of Sleep.
For the Fall session we will be decorating beeswax pillar candles in-tune with the Autumn season. We will also be making lanterns so that Peas and Carrots families may join in the annual Martinmas Festival. Each family will receive a handout and a picture of the meaning of this beautiful and reverent festival.
This class creates safe play spaces that offer children rich opportunities for age-appropriate, self-initiated exploration. Open-ended toys made from natural materials nourish the children’s developing senses, encourage them to employ their creative and imaginative capacities, and further develop their emerging fine-motor skills. Structures that they can move, explore with their whole bodies, crawl over and into—combined with environments that invite movement—help develop their gross-motor coordination.
Through quiet observation of the children, and conversations centered on weekly readings on child development, the adults gain greater awareness and trust in their children’s growing interests, motor abilities, social interactions, and problem-solving skills. Their trust strengthens the children’s emerging self-confidence and feeds their growing interest in exploring their world