An age-related class is a class that the parent and child attend together. It is a class that is made up of children that are around the same age as your child. If you have a 20-month-old, we would look to see if we have room in an 18-22 month-old class.
The age-related class meets once a week. The half hour before and after teaching time is "gathering" time. This is a good time to speak with your teacher about personal questions and visit with your classmates. Now for those new moms, remember, you are never late to class; just get out of the house and here when you can!
Our teachers bring a topic to class each week that pertains to the development of the children in that class. These topics may consist of issues such as sleep, eating, self care, relationships, etc. Sometimes the needs and questions of the class may override the scheduled topic.
In the newborn age-related class you are in a circle for the whole class time and discuss the newborn experience. Newborns will cry in class and need diaper changes and need to eat and do all those baby kind of things. Feel free to attend to your baby's needs anytime! For the breastfeeding moms, all of our newborn teachers are required to attend a 40-hour lactation training program and are there for you should you have any questions about breastfeeding.
Toddler class format has more structure; the first half hour you and your child can explore the room with toys, art projects, and painting. Then we gather for circle time and sing songs, read books, use the big parachute, and have instrument time. After that we clean up, sit at the tables, and have a snack that parents provide. During that time we have discussion on the topic for the day. There is more free play time after that, until it is time to leave.
PLEASE CALL US TO FIND OUT WHEN YOUR CHILD'S AGE-RELATED CLASS WOULD BE!! We do not post these classes online.