Upcoming Online Courses

Living Arts Through the Seasons - Spring 2020

Deepening the Development of Your Family Culture

Spring, 2020

ONLINE: Opens March 1, 2020!

A NEW LESSON opens on the first of each month, in March, April and May!

March - Clearing.  How do we clear a space for our own growth and our children's growth?

April - Germination. As parents, we plant lots of seeds.  How do we help them sprout?

May - Growing.  We've cleared the space, planted our seeds, and now we grow!  How do we support our own  growth and that of our children? read more...

Living Arts Through the Seasons - Summer 2020

Deepening the Development of Your Family Culture

Summer, 2020

ONLINE: Opens June 1, 2020!

A NEW LESSON opens on the first of each month, in June, July and August!

Themes for the months will explore the elements, and how to incorporate them into our family life:

June - Fire.  Fire provides energy, illuminates our path and ignites our spirit.

July - Water. Water makes all things new – it's life force makes the flowers brighter, the grass greener, the people more energetic and playful.

August - Air/Light. Let's throw open the windows to celebrate the welcome breeze and glorious light. read more...

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

 

Online, June 3 - July 11, 2020

The same course content as our on-demand online course by the same name, but you'll be part of a group who is taking the course together!  This group process will facilitate discussions with your instructor and your classmates, to help you open your own early childhood program at home providing relationship-based care steeped in LifeWays Principles.

Topics Include:

  • Deciding to Start
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Crafting Your Program
  • Working with Parents
  • Self-Care and Professional Development more...

Learning in Nature: Establishing Outdoor Care and Education

With Cynthia Aldinger and Mary O'Connell

Online, June 24 - July 25, 2020

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...

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...

Bringing “Home” into Your Early Childhood Program with Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Join Rahima’s new five-week online course for childcare providers and early childhood teachers

Starting September 9, 2020 for five Wednesdays

A new, creative and practical exploration of ways to bring more home-like elements into early childhood programs in all settings - centers, schools and homes.

Whether you’re seasoned in the LifeWays approach or new to incorporating these elements into your program, this course is for you! more...

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

An online course for childcare providers, early childhood teachers and parents with Cynthia Aldinger and Mary O’Connell

Starting September 16, 2020

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...

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. 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.

Topics Include:

  • Deciding to Start
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Crafting Your Program
  • Working with Parents
  • Self-Care and Professional Development 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? more...