Seedlings: Parent and Child Classes
The MPCS Seedlings Parent and Child Classes provide a warm, welcoming space for families to learn and grow. Auntie Susan, an experienced early childhood educator, will lead you and your little one through a gentle, predictable rhythm that features developmentally-appropriate, play-based activities for the children and inspiration and support for the parents.
2017 Spring Session Description
In our spring session, we will be planting seeds (literally and figuratively!) and singing songs and learning finger plays about Spring. We will paint, felt, blow out eggs and dye them, make finger puppets and butterflies… We will discuss articles to support your parenting on topics including toys to spark imagination, guidance, conflict and balancing in parenting.
Each session is seasonally-centered and features unique projects. The rhythm will reflect the preschool/kindergarten school year, just on a smaller scale, so the content of the whole year is valuable. Play time and time to socialize with new friends is also ongoing, so a whole year will build those relationships with teacher, peers, parents, and the Mountain Phoenix Community.
The curriculum for the Seedlings Toddler Class features:
- time for parents to connect
- social time for toddlers
- a hearty snack
- creative time for parents
- free play for children
- songs, stories and circle time
- information and articles about child development and education
Parents may choose from attending class one, two or three days per week:
- Location: Homeschool room on the MPCS campus
- Ages: walking to 3 years old
- Time: 9:00 to 11:45 a.m.
- Days: The class is offered on the following days:
- Cost: The cost is $270 per session plus a $45 materials fee and a $20 registration fee. If you begin mid-session, the cost will be prorated at $28 per class plus the $45 materials fee and a $20 registration fee.
Participation in the Seedlings Program does not give enrollment priority into the PreK through 8th-grade programs at Mountain Phoenix Community School.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, we are offering the following sessions:
- Fall – August 22 to November 18 (Mandatory Parent Orientation Evening: August 16)
- Winter – November 28 to March 2 (Mandatory Parent Orientation Evening: November 15)
- Spring – March 13 to June 1 ($45 Supply Fee Due March 2 & Mandatory Parent Orientation Evening: March 8)
Whoever is going to attend the majority of the classes with the child is the one who is most needed at the mandatory orientation evening (with any other parents very welcome as well, of course).
To register, please fill out the Seedlings Application Form and deliver or mail it to with a $20 registration fee:
Mountain Phoenix Community School
4725 Miller Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Fox, Enrollment Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.728.9100, x. 327.
Meet Susan Skokan, Lead Teacher of the Seedlings Program
Susan has been caring for children full time since 2007. She dove into Waldorf methods the summer of 2011 at Mountain Phoenix. On campus that year she taught a private toddler class, provided grades before care and private after care for ECE students. After two years successfully running her own licensed, mixed-age home preschool; she was thrilled to return to Mountain Phoenix in 2014.
She has been a Lead ECE Teacher, an ECE Float, ECE Assistant and after care teacher. Susan earned her LifeWays Early Childhood Certification in May of 2013 – a “Sister to Waldorf” program that focuses on birth to age 7. Since 2011 she has earned countless hours of continuing education through the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. Nancy Blanning facilitates these classes and Susan has earned well over 100 hours. In April 2016 she completed two years of Waldorf Foundation Studies through the Center for Anthroposphy. She is a photography major at MSU. Summer 2015 she was the afternoon Grades Lead Teacher at Denver Waldorf’s Summer Camp and is coming away from that experience with new knowledge. In the fall she was exhilarated to dive back into early childhood. This summer she is one of the Early Childhood Lead teachers at DWS.
Every day, she strives to take each moment as it comes, see the chance for meeting the children with spiritual reverence and remembering that THERE IS TIME! Over time, she finds this more and more true, especially using slow, gentle movements to give a child warm nurturing moments in their day. “It’s so fun when they want me to sing a song again and again, because I know they’ve enjoyed it.” Susan loves to watch leaves fall with them, discover snow, stare at the sky or a ladybug, tell stories, and just look into light-filled eyes.