Parent Enrichment Calendar

parentenrichmentOur 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.

“Reading, Writing and Waldorf – The Foundations of Literacy in the Waldorf Curriculum” with Cristina Drews, third grade classroom teacher
Friday, March 4 (8:45 a.m. in the Eurythmy Room) and Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall

The Waldorf curriculum does indeed teach reading in the early grades. It is not a matter of slower vs. faster, but instead a matter of deeper vs. shallow. Come find out how it begins in early childhood, and see samples of lessons and also student work in grades 1-3.

Interactive Painting Experience with Christa Valdez, fourth grade classroom teacher
Friday, April 1 (9:15 a.m. in the Art Room) and Tuesday, April 5 (6:30 p.m. in Ms. Valdez’s classroom). Registration required. Sign up here.
Ms. Valdez will begin the workshop by briefly explaining the importance and purpose of painting in Waldorf Education. Then, you will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to create a watercolor painting the way our students do!

 

A $10 donation is suggested at our faculty talks, but no one will be turned away. The donation money is put towards future parent enrichment events.

Workshops

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) – To buy tickets, click here

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.

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.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQiAAAAJGY1NzAyOGZjLWI3YjgtNGMxMS04ODNiLTVmMzc1MWYyYTcwYQKim Marie
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.

kimKim 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.

Book Study

More info coming soon!