Programs for Early Childhood Families and Teachers
"discovering the wisdom of childhood"
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We offer a full time, year round childcare early education program for twenty six children from three months to five years.
Parent Child Classes
Come join a group of other parents to share your experience as a parent of a young child! Classes for children and their parents or caregivers meet each week September to June.
Sophia's Hearth invites you to become the teacher of your dreams, exploring the development of children and families from the deepest possible sources.
Time in the outdoors
We wish for every child to develop a life long love for and comfort in the out of doors - with joy and without fear. At Sophia's Hearth, your child will develop ‘Earth Literacy’. She will learn to know the language and meaning of the natural world, the Earth and the greater cosmos. Her teachers’ stories, songs, and verses, crafts and outdoor seasonal work build this for her.
We focus on these values and approaches, recognizing that:
Human relationships – teacher to child, child to child - are the foundation of a healthy social capacities for all of life, beginning in infancy
play, both with other children and by the child alone, well guided by the teacher, is the foundation for learning in early childhood
reducing the intensity of children’s lives here during their day, through a rhythm carefully guided by the teachers, leads to the greatest openness to learning
abundant time in the natural world strengthens social skills of conflict resolution, builds capacities for problem solving, planning, and building imaginative capacities. The foundation for physical development and health - coordination, strength, motor planning and skills, judgment- all unfold more easily and successfully outdoors. Innovation that integrates creative and cognitive aspects of children’s thinking, problem solving all occur naturally in the outdoors.
Waldorf early childhood education offers profound resources for educating young children. In addition, our infant care is guided by the 20th century experience and research of Hungarian pediatrician Emmi Pikler.