Parent Enrichment Calendar

parentenrichmentFall 2015 Offerings

Our Parent Council and faculty have partnered to offer a full calendar of parent enrichment opportunities this fall. To accommodate your schedules, the faculty talks and book study have been scheduled in the morning and in the evening. Here is our monthly rhythm:

  • Faculty talks – The same topic will be offered the first Friday morning and the second Tuesday evening of each month.
  • Book Study – The book study groups will meet the second and fourth weeks of the month on Thursday evenings and Friday mornings, schedule permitting.

Please check the master calendar for details on the locations of our talks and workshops.

Faculty Talks

Every month, a faculty member will give a talk on an aspect of Waldorf Education. The talks will provide a wonderful opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the philosophy behind Waldorf education and learn more about what our students experience each day.

“An Introduction to Waldorf Education in a Charter School” with Kelly Morrow, Director of Education
Friday, September 4 (8:45 to 10:15 a.m.) AND Tuesday, September 8 (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.)
Kelly will give a talk on the original impulse of Waldorf Education and the curriculum we bring in a charter school in Early Childhood through grade 8.

“The Teaching of Mathematics in Waldorf Education” with Eric Ebert, fifth grade teacher
Friday, October 2 (8:45 to 10:15 a.m.) AND Tuesday, October 6 (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.)
Experience how Math is taught in grades 1-8 through rhythm, movement, repetition, exploration, and flexible thinking.

“Teaching Science Through Observation and Experience” with Joe Mason, eighth grade teacher
Friday, November 6 (8:45 to 10:15 a.m.) AND Tuesday, November 10 (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.)
Developing and deepening a student’s connection to the senses through science in grades 1-8 in a Waldorf curriculum.

“Celebrating the Rhythms of Nature: The Season of Winter” with Kelly Morrow, Director of Education
Friday, December 4 (8:45 to 10:15 a.m.) AND Tuesday, December 8 (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.)
​Explore what arises within the soul life of the ​earth and humanity ​at this time of year​ and how it may affect us.

A $10 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away.


To complement the faculty talks and further support your parenting journey, we will be offering a variety of workshops this semester.

“The Four Temperaments” with Christine Summerfield
Tuesday, September 15 (7:00 to 9:00 p.m.)
This workshop will:
Teach about the four temperaments and their practical applications in everyday life, personal development, parenting, marriage, and the work place.
*  Provide a great building block for understanding Waldorf view on child development and curriculum.
*  Apply to Waldorf education, especially ages 7-14.

“Cultivating Rhythm in Family Life” with Christine Summerfield
Tuesday, October 13 (7:00 to 9:00 p.m.)
In this workshop, you will:
*  Find out what rhythm is and how it is different from scheduling.
*  Discover the benefits of living with rhythm in the home.
*  Come and learn about daily, weekly, and yearly rhythms and how to create a more balanced, peaceful home life.
*  Gain a practical tool in your Parenting Kit.

“Nurturing the Nurturer” with Lee Sturgeon-Day
Thursday, October 22 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Practical, creative, and healing ways of relieving stress while strengthening our ability to meet the challenges of caring for children in today’s world.

“Create Your Own Advent Calendar” with Christine Summerfield
Saturday, November 14, (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)  –  $85 (includes all materials)
In this workshop, you will: 
Discover the season of Advent, an antidote to the consumerism of “the holidays.”
*  Needle felt your own, custom-made calendar for the month of December. No experience is necessary. Minimum 5, maximum 12 participants.

Presenter Bios

christineChristine Summerfield
Christine Summerfield has taught in Waldorf early childhood settings for over ten years in Colorado. A mother of two grown daughters, she currently facilitates Simplicity Parenting circles in the Boulder area. As founder of Summerfield Fiber Arts, she teaches felting classes and loves weaving the threads of creativity and community in felting circles. She also offers one-on-one organizing services for busy families. When de-cluttering a space, one of her favorite sayings is, “Move it forward!” For more on Christine, see here.

leeLee Sturgeon-Day
Lee Sturgeon-Day is a counselor and adult educator, co-founder of the Center for Social Development, England, and Lifeways for Healing Education, Detroit. She has led workshops since l975. She was a Waldorf parent for 13 years and teaches in several Waldorf Teacher Training programs. For more on Lee, see here.

$10 donation suggested at the door. Donations will be used to support future Parent enrichment workshops and will increase Parent Council’s ability to invite amazing speakers to our community.

Book Studysop

This semester, we will be studying The Soul of Discipline by Kim John Payne. “In this groundbreaking book, parenting expert and acclaimed author of the bestselling book Simplicity Parenting Kim John Payne, M.Ed., flips the script on children’s challenging or defiant behavior and lays out an elegantly simple plan to support parents in establishing loving, age-sensitive boundaries that help children feel safe and settled. In short: What looks like misbehavior is actually your children’s signal that they’re feeling lost, that they are trying to find direction and looking to you to guide them back on course.” Join MPCS parents Amy Pardue (morning group) and Caitlin Rood (evening group) to explore how you can apply Payne’s approach in your home.

The Soul of Discipline has excellent and practical advice for parenting through the stages of childhood.” – Kelly Morrow

Thursday Evening Book Study Group

The Thursday evening group will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 10
  • September 24
  • October 8
  • October 22
  • November 12
  • December 10
Friday Morning Book Study Group

The Friday morning group will meet from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. on the following dates:

  • September 11
  • September 25
  • October 9
  • October 23
  • November 13
  • December 11
Book Study Facebook Group

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