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.


New Bridge Program for two-year-olds in 2018-19

This program is open to children who turned two by September 1, 2018. 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 2018-May 2019. 


September 2018-Winter 2018/19, 9-11:30am, with parents
Winter 2018/19-May 2019, 9-11:30am, drop-off only

September 20, 2018 through May 30, 2019, following the school calendar.

Tuition: $2850 for the school year

Details in the class schedule below.


Forest Parent & Child Classes

Please join us for some time in the forest. These weekly classes take place in 2018-19 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.


Monday 

8:45- 10:15am for children ages 1-2 years old, with Hiromi Niwa

10:45-12:15 for children ages 3 months to 1 year, with Hiromi Niwa

$390 for a 13-week session

September 24

October 1, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12

December 3, 10, 17

January 14, 28

February 4

(February 11: make-up day if needed)


Tuesday 

10:30 to 12:00 for children ages 1-2 years, with Hiromi Niwa 

$480 for a 16-week session

September 25

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

November 6, 13, 27

December 4, 11, 18

January 8, 15, 22, 29

(February 5: make-up day if needed)


Wednesday and Thursday: New BRIDGE Program for Two-Year-Olds

9-11:30am 

Starts on September 20, 2018 and ends on May 30, 2019, following the school calendar.

Tuition: $2850 for the school year.


Thursday FOREST PROGRAM

9-11am for children ages 2-4 years old, with Jessica Oswald

$560 for a 14-week session

Fall-Winter 2018-19 dates:

September 27

October 4, 11, 18, 25

November 1, 15, 29

December 6, 13, 20

January 10, 17, 24

(January 31 and February 14: make-up days if needed)

Winter-Spring 2019 dates:

February 28

March 7, 14, 21, 28

April 4, 11, 18

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

June 6

(June 13: Make-up day if needed)


Saturday Forest Program

10am-12pm for children ages 2-4 years old, with Jessica Oswald

$520 for a 13-week session

Fall-Winter 2018-19 dates:

September 29

October 6, 20, 27

November 3, 10, 17

December 1, 8, 15

January 12, 19, 26

(February 2, 16: make-up days if needed)

Winter-Spring 2019 dates:

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

April 6, 13, 20

May 4, 11, 18, 25

June 1

(June 8: Make-up day if needed)


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 September 1, 2018.
 

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