Parent-Child Classes

“It is absolutely essential that before we think, before we so much as begin to set our thinking in motion, we experience the condition of wonder.”
—Rudolf Steiner

All classes are held at our Cedar campus in North Berkeley at 2138 Cedar Street.
Fall session dates are below.  To register please click HERE.

Please check back for winter 2018 (starting in Jan) schedule updates.
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Parent-Child Classes with Bonnie Romanow

Fall session:

  • Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am for children 11 months to turning 3 years.
    Class dates:  9/13-12/13  (No class 10/11 & 11/22). $360/session. Sliding scale available.
  • Thursdays 9-10:30am, for children 11-18 months.
    Class dates:  9/14-12/14  (No class 10/12 & 11/23). $360/session. Sliding scale available.                
  • Thursdays 11:15am-12:15pm for non-mobile infants.
    Class dates:  9/28-12/14  (No class 10/12 & 11/23). $200/session. Sliding scale available.

To arrange for a free trial class before enrolling in a full session, please email or (510)859-7679 ext 100.

These classes offer toddlers a nurturing environment in which to play and explore and parents a place to connect, find a supportive group, discuss and share child development and parenting issues, and learn about Waldorf education.

During each class we will nourish the sensory experiences of the young child and his/her caregiver through a rhythmic flow of free, unstructured play time for the child, and observation/simple craft activities for the adult. Children will explore in an atmosphere that supports imaginative play, healthy movement, and imitation. Bonnie works with parents to explore themes related to child development and establishing healthy family rhythms. Classes include a circle time with nursery or seasonal rhymes, songs, gross and fine motor activities, imaginative play and exploration, quiet observation, and guided discussion.

Instructor Bonnie Romanow

When working as a preschool director and teacher in Waldorf schools in the Chicago area, Bonnie pioneered the development of parent-child classes for families of very young children. Her passion for supporting families through these classes has led her to continue them over the past 25 years in various settings. Parent education and support has always been at the heart of her work.

Bonnie is a Jane Nelsen-certified parent educator and a certified Waldorf early education teacher. She currently serves as an early childhood mental health consultant in Marin County, supporting parents and professionals in meeting the emotional needs of young children (ages birth-6 years). Her work with parents and their children under three years of age led her to complete the Touchpoints and RIE® certifications. She is also a certified Triple P parenting program teacher. Currently she does various workshops in all areas related to the developmental needs and issues that arise for parents of young children including discipline and guidance, building resiliency, play and learning, toileting, mindful parenting and more.  She has done extensive work with adoptive families and birth parents as well.  Besides workshops and parent/infant, parent/tot groups, Bonnie does individual parent coaching and consultations.

To register please click HERE.

Parent-Child Classes with Christina Vlinder

Fall session:

Due to high demand, we are adding a special extra session of Christina’s RIE® Parent Infant Guidance™ class to the schedule on Mondays 3:30-5:00pm. This class is a rare opportunity to enroll in a RIE® class with a toddler, as the classes usually start with newborn babies.

  • Mondays 3:30-5:00pm for children born February 2016 to July 2016. Class dates: 10/16-12/18. $300/session. Sliding scale available.
  • Mondays 10:00-11:30am for children born April 2017 to August 2017. Class dates:  9/18-12/18. $420/session. Sliding scale available.
  • *Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am for children born March 2016 to September 2016. Class dates:  9/5-12/19. $480/session. Sliding scale available. *This class is now full. To be put on the wait list, email or call (510)859-7679 ext 107. Due to the nature of parenting young children, there is a good chance that a spot will become available.
  • *Fridays 10:00-11:30am for children born September 2016 to March 2017. Class dates:  9/29-12/22. $360/session. Sliding scale available. *This class is now full. To be put on the wait list, email or call (510)859-7679 ext 107. Due to the nature of parenting young children, there is a good chance that a spot will become available.

To arrange for a free trial class before enrolling in a full session, please email or (510)859-7679 ext 100.

Learn respectful and mindful parenting guided by Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach (also known as RIE®). This class is a combination of discussion and sensitive observation of your baby at play. The pace is determined by the parent’s interests and the children’s needs as you grow together throughout the first two years of the infant’s life.  For more information about the class, click here.

Topics commonly covered in guidance classes with young babies include:

  • establishing sleep routines
  • gentle holding, diapering, and bathing
  • establishing communication patterns
  • natural progression of motor skills
  • ideal environments for independent play
  • consistent and respectful limits

Our parent-infant classes are designed to support a family from birth to 2 years of age. This class is ongoing until the children approach age 2. The class is divided into seasonal sessions. Many families stay for the entire 2 year span, which allows the children to thrive and form relationships with each other. It is also fine to attend for just one session.

Instructor Christina Vlinder

Christina’s philosophy is inspired by the work of infant specialist Magda Gerber, who created the Educaring® Approach and founded Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®).  Christina has been studying with the RIE® organization for six years and is currently a RIE® Intern, under the mentorship of Elizabeth Memel, RIE® Associate and Intern Mentor. She uses her knowledge of the Approach and 15 years of experience working with children to teach a class that nurtures parents and infants alike.

To register please click HERE.