In keeping with Waldorf educational philosophy, our Merrily We Meet Parent and Child Program embraces the wonder of early childhood. Babies and toddlers, together with their parent or primary caregiver are welcome. Groups meet one morning per week for couple of hours, depending on the age group, to enjoy a peaceful morning enriched with song, verse, snack and play.
Young children learn about themselves and the world through their own efforts. They learn in their own way and in their own time as they find their hands, turn over, crawl and eventually sit, stand and walk. The Merrily We Meet play space provides room and developmentally appropriate natural material toys and objects for children as they grow through each of these phases. Our classes provide an opportunity for adults to learn about the unique qualities of each child through study, observation and reflection.
A Nurturing Environment
Children learn best when we envelop them with love and meaningful work to imitate. In class, teachers and parents cooperate in purposeful activity, which inspires the children in their play. Children may help or play independently as they begin learning how to be an individual within a group.
Through bread making and sharing of a wholesome snack, children are enveloped in the warmth of community spirit. Handwork projects for the adults enrich our experience of the seasons. Through beautiful, age-appropriate songs and stories, teachers assist parents in creating a healthy and harmonious rhythm for their child’s day. With joy and laughter, parents and children celebrate this time of togetherness.
Looking Toward the Future
Through reading and discussion, parents gain an understanding of ways in which seeds planted in early childhood blossom in later years. Teachers answer questions and make recommendations for parents interested in learning more about Waldorf education. Families are welcome at all school festivals and gatherings and are often active participants in the Suncoast Waldorf School community.
Buttercups Toddler Class: 1-3 years old (as of September 1st)
TUESDAYS March 31 – May 26th (9 sessions)
9:00am – 11:30am
Orange Blossoms Class: 1-3 years old (as of September 1st)
WEDNESDAYS April 1- May 27th (9 sessions)
9:00am – 11:30am
Little Seedlings Forest Class: 1-3 years old (as of September 1st)
LOCATED AT Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve – 423 Lafayette Blvd, Oldsmar, FL
Parking and meetup at the Oldsmar Organic Gardens
FRIDAYS April 3-May 22 (8 sessions)
9:00am – 11:30am
Suncoast Waldorf School of Tampa Bay has been an innovator in the forest school “children in nature” movement – long before the movement began! For 100 years, Waldorf schools around the world have promoted the benefits of spending time in nature. Our Little Seedlings Mommy and Me Class provides a living experience of observation and free play in an outdoor setting. Come explore with us and enjoy the wonder and beauty of nature as we journey through woodland trails, and stroll beside beautiful lake lands. Our outdoor classroom will be based at the Oldsmar organic community garden, where our “Little Seedlings” have their own plot to plant herbs and flowers for use in tea time and crafting! Seasonal songs and rhymes, puppet stories using found objects, crafting using the gifts of nature, along with weekly readings and discussion that support a joyful parenting experience complement our mornings. During class we come together for a snack of fresh bread, apple slices and herbal tea. This class is open to toddlers 19 months-3.2 years (as of Sept. 1 2019).
As with all school enrollment, there is no make-up or refunds for missed classes.
Suncoast Waldorf School is a non-profit educational institution 501(c)3 that welcomes students of any religion, race, national or ethnic origin. Suncoast Waldorf School is affiliated with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). · RSS Feed · Log in