Welcome to Parent-Child classes at Great Oak School.
Our classes support parents, and nurture children from birth through the 4th birthday. Our program is designed to meet the needs of the very young child through developmentally appropriate movement, open-ended play, social interaction and the warmth and security of a consistent rhythm. Parents are supported in our welcoming community which encourages and helps foster a respectful, loving relationship between parent and child.
Each class meets once per week for two hours from 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday – 24 mos – 4 years
Wednesday – 12-24 months
Thursday – 18 months – 3.5 years
Friday - 18 months – 3.5 years
Winter session: January 6th – March 17th (No class week of Feb 17th)
Spring Session: March 24th – June 2nd (No class week of April 14th)
Great Oak School is proud to be a Developing Member of:
“What every parent would wish as the best for his or her children, Waldorf education provides. The fullest development of intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring persons is the aim of Waldorf education. This aim is solidly grounded in a comprehensive view of human development, in an intellectually rich curriculum, and in the presence of knowledgeable, caring human beings at every stage of the child’s education.”
Dr. Douglas Sloane, Professor of Education
"Education is not a race where the prize goes to the one who finishes first. To help young children develop a lifelong love of learning we need to respect and strengthen their individual abilities."
The Alliance for Childhood
"Flexible, agile fingers in childhood lead to mobile, creative thinking in adult life."
Alstan L. Hegg
"The importance of storytelling, of the natural rhythms of daily life, of the evolutionary changes in the child, of art as the necessary underpinning of learning, and of the aesthetic environment as a whole--all basic to Waldorf education for the past 70 years--are being 'discovered' and verified by researchers unconnected to the Waldorf movement."
Paul Bayers, Professor Columbia Teachers' College
"Waldorf graduates are taught to question, not to accept ideas and conventions based solely on authority, but to think for themselves."
From Learning to Learn, Interviews with Waldorf graduates