Parent Enrichment Calendar
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.
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.
“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.
“Simplifying Schedules in Family Life” with Christine Summerfield
Monday, January 11 (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Great Hall)
In this workshop, you will learn the following:
- What is scheduling? How is it different than rhythm?
- Discover tips about simplifying schedules in every day life
- Learn the benefits of creating pauses and relieving tension in between activities
- Create more peace and calm in the home
- A practical parenting tool for discipline with kids
- Reconnect with your family’s values and be in charge of your family’s schedule!
“Choosing Wellness: Nourishing Our Selves and Our Families for Regeneration Rather than Degeneration” with Kim Marie
Thursday, January 28 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall)
Humanity is at a critical time of choosing, and our food and nourishment is a domain in which we can easily make choices today to regenerate ourselves, our families and the planet. Discover things about food you’ve likely never heard elsewhere, and learn how you can break free from the overwhelm around nourishing your family wisely
“Soul of Discipline – Raising Respectful Children in a Culture of Disrespect” with Kim John Payne
Thursday, March 31 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall) – Details on tickets coming soon!
A parent’s journey is filled with both precious moments and difficult situations. Our sense of how we are doing is often determined by the way in which we respond to the flashpoints of parenting. These moments will either refine or consume us.
Parenting and discipline styles have changed over the years yet often these influences flow into our family and classroom life today. It is so revealing to explore discipline styles past and present, from the old blind obedience to behavior modifications based on punishment and reward or even to our present day behavior affirmation, often expressed as the good job culture.
While these tools have their place, this presentation will set out three cumulative discipline phases. Firstly, training creative compliance for the young child, secondly, building emotional skills for the elementary age, and lastly, for the teenager, managing critical choices.
Because so many of our parenting and teaching challenges occur naturally as part of child development it is possible to anticipate these difficulties and to prepare for them in advance. For discipline to be effective it must always begin with preventive discipline. This presentation will provide a developmental roadmap to help parents and educators establish the kind of discipline that is both nurturing and effective.
Depending on the format chosen, following these presentations we may have a chance to discuss and reflect on our own experiences and how what we have heard may find a place in further building healthy relationships within our families and schools.
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.
Kim Marie is the founder and owner of Sophia Rising, a company committed to preparing a new paradigm by helping people discover who they are, what they care about, and how to live in alignment with that care so that they can influence the world with their gifts and ideas. Through coaching, transformational learning programs and public speaking, she helps people connect to what matters most, and learn to manage their energy and integrate all domains of their lives (family, parenting, relationships, career, health and wellness, nutrition and nourishment, spirituality, etc.) such that these domains express their care and bring forth a life and vocation filled with joy, peace and authenticity. For more info on Kim, visit www.Sophia-Rising.com.
Kim John Payne
A consultant and trainer to 250 U.S. independent and public schools and school districts, Kim John Payne, M.Ed., has been a school and family counselor for more than thirty years. He has also consulted for clinics, training centers, and educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. He has served as the project director of the Collaborative Counseling Program at Antioch University and the co-director of an extensive research program on a drug-free approach to attention-priority issues. He is the director of the Simplicity Parenting Project and the Center for Social Sustainability and has worked extensively with the American and U.K. Waldorf movements. The author of Games Children Play, Simplicity Parenting, and Beyond Winning, he lives with his wife and two children in Northampton, Massachusetts. For more info on Kim John Payne and Simplicity Parenting, click here.
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 5
- November 19
- December 3
- December 17
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
Sign up for the Book Study Facebook Group to stay informed.