The Garden's Gate

Parent & Child Classes

The Garden's Gate is our parent, child and family program which offers a variety of classes throughout the year. These classes are offered in three sessions per year - Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Parent & Child classes are an opportunity for little ones to play and explore while parents engage in simple crafts and parenting discussions. Parents enjoy and observe their children in an unhurried way as they discover their world through free play, circle time, crafts, baking and playing outside. Classes are held weekly in three sessions during fall, winter and spring.

Parent-Child Class Program Overview

Come through the Garden's Gate where we plant seeds to grow happy and healthy children!

SPROUT (3 months old to walking)
Parents take time to observe their babies as they develop and explore their ever-widening world. The parent educator teaches songs and lullabies and demonstrates simple infant massage techniques. A snack and tea is served. Articles about various parenting topics are provided and discussed.

SEEDLING (walking to 2.5 years) Children on the go explore and engage in interactive play with a variety of handmade toys and natural objects while parents talk and work on a simple craft.  Parents and children participate in circle, snack and outdoor play.

SAPLING (18 months to 5 years) This mixed-age class allows children of varying ages to interact with each other as they negotiate how to play together in a nurturing and safe place.  Parents work on crafts together and discuss parenting topics around the table. Parents and children participate in circle, snack and outdoor play.

BLOSSOM (2.5 to 5 years) Children in Blossom are getting ready to transition to school.  Class begins with parents and children preparing a nutritious snack together.  The children do their work, which is interactive and imitative play, while parents talk about raising children while doing a project around the table.  Parents and children participate in circle, snack and outdoor play together.

BLOOM (2.5 to 5 years) Experience the popular phenomenon of a “forest classroom” adapted for parent and child.  Spend time in this outdoor class exploring our beautiful woodlands at a child’s pace. Share in a story and song circle and snack outside together surrounded by the beauty and wonder of nature. Dress for all weather.

Class specific information for each session is available on the registration form located on the forms page.