Upcoming Online Courses


Singing Games With Anna Rainville

Sign up for the March 3rd Session now!

Singing games are a part of every culture and generation. These games provide healthy opportunities for sensory integration while lifting spirits and building community. Singing and moving together in simple or complicated forms appeals to all ages whether at home, in a classroom, or a faculty meeting. They are contagious joy. read more...


Discipline with Loving Awareness

Online course on discipline with Cynthia Aldinger!

We're offering this very popular course again, starting March 3, 2021

Cynthia’s L.O.V.E. Approach to Discipline has been joyfully appreciated ever since she first offered it as a workshop at a large early childhood conference twenty years ago. Constantly asked, “When are you writing the book?” we are happy to announce that instead we are offering it as our first online course on discipline! read more...


Birth to Three – Child Development and Care with Rahima Baldwin Dancy

An online course for childcare providers, early childhood teachers and parents based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education

Three weeks starting Wednesday, March 10-31, 2021

Deepen your understanding of the unfolding experiences and needs of infants and toddlers through this unique online course developed by Rahima Baldwin Dancy. Convenient three week format offers 12 CEUs for teachers and childcare providers. read more...


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

Online, starts March 17th, 2021

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...


Seasonal Songs and Plays with Lynn St. Pierre

The Magic of Wilma Ellersiek

Through touch, self-movement, balance and a sense of well-being the young child comes "in" to their physical body and begins to orient themselves in the world. This is one of our tasks as early childhood educators: to offer rich developmental opportunities that strengthen the child's lower four senses, their foundation for the rest of their lives. These simple, yet powerful songs and plays by Wilma Ellersiek, engage and delight the young child as we offer warmth, love and joy in these rich developmental experiences. read more...


Celebrating Festivals: Connecting to Universal Truth

With Chinyelu Kunz and Molly Brett

April 7th - May 8th, 2021

This four-week course will dive deep into festival life and we will explore these intriguing questions:

What is our universal experience?

How can we bring our own uniqueness to our celebrations in our homes and in our classrooms?

How do we choose what to celebrate and how do we create a fulfilling experience for all?

What is alive in each season no matter the hemisphere? 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!

April 14 - May 1, 2021

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...


Becoming Champions of Play with Judith Frizlen

May 5th - 29th

In this three-week course, we will explore play which is nature's way to support child development. Understanding the important role of play in child development helps us become champions of play!

Play is innate; the young child does not need to learn to play but rather be allowed to play by having time, space and a confident adult presence. Instead of worrying about what children are or are not learning, let's build our trust in the child to practice what they need to learn! Let's bring our own playful attitudes to learn all about play. read more...


LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals Course 2021-22

Inspiration and Support for Working with Young Children

Course begins July 12, 2021 in person at several locations!

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...


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...


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...


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...