Upcoming Courses

LifeWays 2022 Online Course Bundles

NEW for 2022, you can register for themed bundles of our most popular online courses. This helps you deepen your learning, save money and stay connected!

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Fortify Your Life Forces with Spacial Dynamics®

NEW Zoom Course with Lynn St. Pierre
To truly “be’” with the children - present, warm, clear and joyful – self-care is essential!

Through the practice of Spacial Dynamics we will free up spaces within, and around us, allowing for freedom of movement, and freedom in our work with the children. Our movement will include the Spacial Dynamics exercises as well as hands-on techniques. We’ll also learn a couple of delightful Ellersiek hand gesture, loving touch, or large movement plays for the children! Learn a series of Spacial Dynamics “streams” for our overall health and well-being. Certain of these “streams” invite the young child into a restful state for a nap, quiet time or when a child is distressed. Experience delightful, seasonal developmental movement for the children and Spacial Dynamics streams to soothe the young child. read more...


Brain Science and your Child’s Journey Toward the Self

With Sharifa Oppenheimer, author of Heaven on Earth and With Stars in their Eyes

This exciting live Zoom course will be a six-month exploration of the gentle ways parents and teachers can bring cutting edge brain science into their home or program, to support the child’s finest brain development!

Classes will meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from October to March. Sign up for select classes or for the whole series!

Classes will be LIVE, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time. Can’t make the live class? All registered students will receive a recording of the live workshop!

Each class will include Foundational Thoughts from Sharifa, small group discussions, questions and responses. read more...


Home as the Model; Life as the Curriculum 2.0

New and Improved!

In 2015, we introduced our very first online course, based on Cynthia Aldinger’s book Life is the Curriculum. The course was an immediate success, and for the next several years it brought inspiration and guidance to more than 500 students! As we introduced other online courses into our library, and the audio technology in the original version of the course became outdated, we ceased offering it.

Now we’d like to introduce our NEW and IMPROVED version of LifeWays’ most popular online course! read more...


Nourishing the Senses: The Foundations for Healthy Child Development

With world-renowned educator Anna Rainville.

This course will offer practical ways to bring the senses to life. Learn games to play, songs to sing, and singing games to nurture the joyous confidence of children in your care.

This series of interactive video classes will highlight games and songs for nourishing and nurturing the primary senses, with an explanation of why these games remain timeless in their integrity and importance for healthy development.

A four part series: sign up for all, a few or just one! read more...


Learning to Observe Children

Back by popular demand: online course for early childhood teachers, childcare providers and nannies! A Powerful Tool for seeing and understanding the children in our care!

February 9 - 26, 2022

Register now and receive the book, Observing Young Children, A Tool for Meaningful Assessment and the Recordkeeping PDF file!

In this two-week intensive course, caregivers and teachers of children ages 0-5 will explore how and why to observe the children in your care. You will learn various ways to observe and record your observations, with plenty of practice and online support. While doing so, you'll celebrate the individuality of each child while gaining an understanding of archetypal childhood development. read more...


Learning in Nature: Establishing Outdoor Care and Education

With Cynthia Aldinger and Mary O'Connell

Back by popular demand!
Online, starting March 2, 2022

With the strengthening power of fresh air and the elements of nature, more time outdoors can be an elixir for adults and children in early childhood programs!  This online course will explore the elements of an outdoor program founded on relationship-based care and the Living Arts, whether you are creating a program from scratch or simply incorporating more outdoor time into your existing program. read more...


Building a Strong Foundation: Care of the Young Child’s Senses

Mother and InfantA course for childcare providers, early childhood teachers and parents With Cynthia Aldinger and Mary O’Connell
April 6 – May 14, 2022

Early childhood educators can earn a certificate for 15 continuing education hours by completing this course!

We know that the strength of a building lies in its foundation. With high-rise buildings touching the sky these days, it has become all the more important to have powerful foundations. When we expect great things from a building, we know we have to lay the groundwork that keeps the building standing strong against the forces of nature. read more...


LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals Course

Inspiration and Support for Working with Young Children

Congratulations! You have been hired to work in the Waldorf or LifeWays early childhood program that you have admired for some time. Perhaps you are a new assistant or extended care provider, a new co-teacher or regular substitute. Yet you have no training or background in the work. Or perhaps you have been out of the field for awhile and could use a refresher. We want to help you find the ground beneath your feet so that you can grow in confidence. Your teachers, both on-site and online, are long-time early childhood teachers in Waldorf and/or LifeWays programs. We look forward to offering you support and inspiration. read more...


The Living Arts - Cornerstones of Care

with Cynthia Aldinger and Mary O'Connell

September 14 – October 15, 2022

Transform your home life and professional care with young children through LifeWays’ practical approach to enriching your life and creating “home away from home” for children in early childhood settings.

Join Cynthia and Mary for a four-week course exploring ways to use the Living Arts as the cornerstones for a solid foundation of learning for the young child and enrichment for your own life. more...


Learning in Nature 2: The Mystery and Wonder of Exploring Nature with Children

Online, October 26 - November 12, 2022

Those of us who regularly take children into nature – whether our own children or those in our care – feel the calling to guide the children in a way that develops reverence for the natural world. Cultural historian and ecotheologian, Thomas Berry, called this the development of an “I-Thou” rather than an “I-It” relationship with the natural world. During this two-week course, we will explore together the inner work of the adult read more...


Creating Home Away from Home: A Course for Home Childcare Providers

 

Ongoing - enroll any time!

This on-demand, at-your-own-pace, online course will help you open your own early childhood program at home providing relationship-based care steeped in LifeWays Principles. read more...


Creating Your Family Culture -- An Elemental Approach

Ongoing - enroll any time!

We don't always pay much attention to culture, but it's always there. It holds us, sustains us, and informs the way we act, feel and think about the world. Wouldn't you love to create the conditions in your home that help each family member live your shared values in a positive way with life-affirming practices?

How do we intentionally craft a family culture that reflects our values? How do we practice those values every day with our children? And how do we continue to hold true to these values as our family grows and our individual needs change? read more...


Healthy Home Rhythms

Ongoing - enroll any time!

This popular online course, developed by Kerry Ingram at Mothering Arts, supports you to create a balanced home rhythm rooted in presence and joy. In this self-paced course, you will work with four water-colored seasonal rhythm wheels (printer required), a meal planner wheel and LOTS of practical resources to develop a rhythm wheel that is unique for your own family.  Create a more connected home life with the help of this inspiring, step-by-step, course that you can do any time and access again and again as the seasons—and your family—change. read more...


Living Arts Through the Seasons ~ Archived

Deepening the Development of Your Family Culture - Archived Seasons

Join our thriving community of parents, creating unique family cultures through connection in everyday home life. Get clear on who you want to be as a parent and how you want to spend your time in simple meaningful ways. read more about our archived seasons...

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