Seedlings: Parent and Child Classes

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Painting of a seedling in front of a glowing pink heart

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.

Class Curriculum

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 Class features:

  • time for parents to connect
  • social time
  • a hearty snack
  • creative time for parents
  • free play for children
  • songs, stories and circle time
  • information and articles about child development and education
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Four children in a rocking boat

Class Details

  • Location: Faddick Hall (Building C) East entrance
  • Ages: birth to 3 years old
  • Time: 9:00 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Days: Class is offered on Mondays and Thursdays. You may choose to attend class one or two days a week.
  • Cost: The cost for the Spring session is $245 per session for one day a week.
    • You may sign up for multiple days.
    • There is also a $45 materials fee per session.
    • There is a one time $25 registration fee.
    • If you begin mid-session, the cost will be prorated at $28 per class plus the $45 materials fee and a $25 registration fee.
  • Acceptance: You will be notified of placement in class 1-2 weeks prior to orientation.

Participation in the Seedlings Program does not give enrollment priority into the PreK through 8th-grade programs at Mountain Phoenix Community School.

Class Sessions

For the 2017-2018 academic year, we are offering the following sessions:

  • Summer/Fall  –  August 21st-November 14th (Mandatory Parent Orientation Evening: August 14th 67 pm.  Adults Only.)
    • No classes September 4th, October 23rd, 24th, 31st, November 9th
  • Winter  –  November 27th -February 16th (Mandatory Parent Orientation Evening: November 13th 6-7 pm.  Adults Only.)
    • no classes December 21January 5th, January 15th and 16th
  • Spring  –   March 5th-May 24th (Mandatory Parent Orientation Evening: March 1st 67 pm. Adults Only.)
    • no classes March 26-30,  April 23rd, April 26th, April 30, and May 3rd

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).

Registration

To register, please fill out the Seedlings Registration Application

Deliver or mail your completed application, with a $25 registration fee, to:

Mountain Phoenix Community School
4725 Miller Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 8003

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Fox, Enrollment Coordinator, at leslie.hartford-fox@jeffco.k12.co.us or 303.728.9100, x. 327.

Meet Susan Skokan, Lead Teacher of the Seedlings Program

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Picture of Susan Skokan, Seedlings Lead Teacher

Susan has been teaching 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 worked every  Early Childhood teaching position here (from assistant to Lead and everything in between). 
 
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 facilitated by Nancy Blanning. In April 2016 she completed two years of Waldorf Foundation Studies through the Center for Anthroposphy. She is a photography major at MSU. Over the summers of 2015-16 she  led classes at Denver Waldorf School’s summer camp. She will graduate from Sound Circle’s Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher training in 2019.
 
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.