Parent & Child Classes

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Green Meadow offers weekly Parent & Child/Infant playgroups for preschool-aged children in a private school setting, providing parents with an opportunity to learn more about the principles of Waldorf Early Childhood education and how they can be applied in the home. The atmosphere is one of warm and supportive companionship with other families, facilitated by a Waldorf educator to form a beautiful experience for both parents and children.

Children come to…

  • Explore a child-friendly environment that challenges and nurtures, with simple play materials.

  • Delight in special attention given to support their unfolding interests, motor abilities, and problem-solving skills.

  • Experience social interaction in play that stimulates their speech and language development.

  • Engage with other children at their stage of development, while developing social capacities.

Parents come and…

  • Experience an environment that encourages the valuable exchange of ideas and information.

  • Explore the value of observation in seeing and understanding what their children are doing and how they are learning as they play.

  • Delight in the joy of sharing songs and games with their children that support speech and language development.

  • Meet other parents and find a community of sharing and support.

  • Discover new tips for parenting and caregiving.


Bridge Program for two-year-olds in 2019-20

This program is open to children who turned two by September 1, 2019. Designed for our younger children who are not yet ready to be dropped off at school, this class is a gentle transition for both parents and child. From September until December, the classes will be similar to a Parent & Child class, and after the December break, it will transition into drop-off class. This class requires a 9-month commitment, from September 2019-May 2020. 


September 2019-Winter 2019/20, 9-11:30am, with parents
Winter 2019/20-May 2020, 9-11:30am, drop-off only

Thursdays and Fridays from September 19, 2019 through May 29, 2020, following the school calendar. (No class on 10/4/19)

Tuition: $3300 for the school year

Details and application form in the class schedule below.


Forest Parent & Child Classes

Please join us for some time in the forest. These weekly classes take place in 2019 on Thursdays and Saturdays (please choose one day or both days), and are nurturing for both parent and child alike. We gather to build a fire, prepare a meal, cook over the fire, and eat together. Interwoven throughout the morning are songs, fingerplay, verses, and ample time for the children to explore the forest. Details in the class schedule below.

Learn more about our Forest Preschool.


For all classes:

Younger siblings are welcome upon a discussion with the teacher.  This is to ensure that both siblings have a successful experience in the group. Tuition for the second child is free until the child is 6 months old.  We offer a 50% discount for accompanying siblings 6 to 12 months old and a 5% discount for those 12 months and older.  

Make-up classes are held only when class is cancelled due to inclement weather.


Fall 2019 Class Schedule

Full schedule coming soon; Bridge Class details below.

Thursday AND FRIDAY: BRIDGE Program for Two-Year-Olds

9-11:30am 

Starts on September 19, 2019 and ends on May 29, 2020, following the school calendar. (No class on 10/4/19)

Tuition: $3300 for the school year.

Apply now.


Spaces fill quickly: register today


Please fill in the application form and email to hniwa@gmws.org, or send it by postal mail (address below).  Payment must be made together with the application, or if the application is submitted by email, within 7 days following your application, to secure a place.  The classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of payment.  Confirmation of enrollment will be sent on or after August 1, 2019.
 

If your child is slightly younger or older than the age range, and you feel unsure which class is right for him/her, or if you have any other questions, please email Hiromi Niwa at hniwa@gmws.org.

Hard copies of the form can be picked up at the office of the Director of Admissions, Melissa McDonagh, which is on your right as you enter the Main Entrance of the Lower School Building.

Mailing Address:

Green Meadow Waldorf School

Business Office

Attn: Kim Frattura

307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977