The Joyful Journey

EXPANDED: Winter 2018 Parent Child Programs

Due to popular demand, we have expanded our Parent Child Program.  This Winter we are adding a Tuesday session to our regular Monday and Wednesday offerings.

We are pleased to announce Miss Julia will be holding the parents and children of this new 5 week Tuesday session.

Julia lives with her husband Jarod in Wakefield, and they are the parents of three children, two of whom are students at Meadowbrook.  Julia was a K-12 art teacher in the Cranston school district before becoming a mom, and when her children were young, she provided care for other children in their home.  She was also an Early Childhood assistant at Meadowbrook for a year prior to the birth of their youngest child and is a MWS Parent Handwork Group veteran. Julia is very much looking forward to getting to know the young families of our Parent Child program!

This Winter Ssssion begins January 3 (Wednesdays, 5 weeks),  January 8 (Mondays, 6 weeks) and January 16 (Tuesdays, 5 weeks).


In these sessions you explore the joys and challenges of raising your child in a supportive and nurturing environment. Caregivers and children share a lovely morning of play, snack and circle time. Siblings are welcome. Perfect for the new walker to the older toddler, and their caregiver.

For this Winter session, Parent-Toddler classes are held on Mondays, for 5 weeks, or Wednesdays, for 6 weeks, from 9-11am.

Click below for more Parent Toddler Program information and registration documents.

MONDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

TUESDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

WEDNESDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

Winter 2018 Parent Child Sessions

We are now enrolling our next Parent Child Program!  This session begins the week of January 3, and runs for 5 or 6 weeks.


In these sessions you explore the joys and challenges of raising your child in a supportive and nurturing environment. Caregivers and children share a lovely morning of play, snack and circle time. Siblings are welcome. Perfect for the new walker to the older toddler, and their caregiver.

For this Winter session, Parent-Toddler classes are held on Mondays, for 5 weeks, or Wednesdays, for 6 weeks, from 9-11am.

Click below for more Parent Toddler Program information and registration documents.

MONDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

WEDNESDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

St. Nikolaus Day at Meadowbrook Waldorf School

Saint Nicholas Day at Meadowbrook Waldorf School

The children in the lower grades were busy yesterday tidying their rooms and

placing their shoes out neatly in anticipation for a visit from Saint Nicholas.  This morning those eager boys and girls found treasures of clementines and small shells in their shoes waiting for them, sometimes with a hint of glitter left behind from their secret visitor.

 

Who is Saint Nicholas?

Today the children celebrate Saint Nicholas Day.  Saint Nicholas was a bishop

born in the 4th century. He was known for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas.  Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of

sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers.* Saint Nicholas day is celebrated throughout Europe and is honored by Waldorf schools and Waldorf inspired homes and homeschoolers as well.

Legends of Saint Nicholas

One of the most popular stories of St Nicholas tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman’s father had to offer prospective husbands something of value—a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man’s daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas.**

Saint Nicholas Felted

Our German teacher shares this poem about Sankt Nikolaus translated into English.

Knecht Ruprecht – Theodor Storm

From out of the forest I now appear, to proclaim that Christmastide is here!
For at the top of every tree are golden lights for all to see;
and there from Heaven’s gate on high I saw our Christ-child in the sky.

And in among the darkened trees, a loud voice it was that called to me:
‘Knecht Ruprecht, old fellow’ it cried, ‘hurry now, make haste, don’t hide!
All the candles have now been lit – Heaven’s gate has opened wide!

Both hong and old should snow have rest away from cares and daily stress;
and when tomorrow to earth I fly “It’s Christmas again!” will be the cry.’

And then I said: ‘O Lord so dear. My journey’s end is now quite near; 
but to this town I’ve still to go, Where the children are good, I know.’

‘But have you then that great sack?’
‘I have’ I said, ‘it’s on my back.
For apples, almonds, fruit and nuts for God-fearing children are a must.’

‘And is that cane there by your side?’ 
The cane’s there too,’ I did reply;
but only for those, those naughty ones, who have it applied to their backsides.’
The Christ-child spoke: ‘Then that’s all right! My loyal servant, go with God this night!’

From out of the forest I now appear; To proclaim that Christmastide is here!
Now speak, what is there here to be had?
Are there good children, are there bad?

Sources:
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas
**http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/

2017 Holiday Faire at Meadowbrook — November 17 & 18

Come and experience the Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, families are invited into a wonderland of activities, performances and plenty of holiday cheer. Meadowbrook’s Holiday Faire began as a fundraising market place, offering a wide range of high quality children’s items and unique gifts for all ages. It has since grown into a celebration of family that draws visitors from around the northeast region.

Friday evening is only for adults and offers an opportunity to shop out of sight of little eyes. Relax into the festive season and stroll a lantern path under the starry sky as you dip a candle. Enjoy live music from singer/ songwriter, Ray Jorgensen and a lively auction of items made by the students. Bring your friends and sample some warm Meadowbrook hospitality.

Saturday is a day full of activities that celebrate the joys of childhood. Bring your family and visit the magical Crystal Cave with its grottoes filled with gnomes and twinkling lights. In a quiet room, marionettes perform a traditional fairy tale. The school’s beautifully painted classrooms have tables of craft materials and volunteers to help you and your child create a treasure to take home. Refreshments are available and you are welcome to enjoy the forested campus as you picnic and explore.

Begin your festive season with Holiday Faire at Meadowbrook and start a new tradition for your family. Doors open Friday, November 17th, 7 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.

 

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