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Parent/Toddler Program

Apply online or download and complete the application form in our Admissions section

Morning Garden is a special gathering where young children and their parents, guided by a Waldorf teacher, enjoy a rhythmic morning of songs, movement, handwork, snack, and conversation. Parents learn from each other, sharing life experiences and insights, while modeling for the children the joy of meaningful activity. The Morning Garden program is an opportunity to slow down, enjoy our children and each other, and bring a precious moment of peace into our lives.

Approximately eight families participate for one morning each week. Children will benefit most from this program if they are 1 1/2 years (and walking) to 3 1/2 years.

Morning Garden activities include:
  • As the children arrive, they are greeted by the teacher in the play yard.
  • Outdoor play is an important aspect of the morning as children experience freedom through movement.
  • Circle time, lasting about ten minutes, is a special part of the morning. During this time, seasonal songs, nursery rhymes, and verses are brought to life through movement.
  • Families are invited to share in the preparation of a snack and table setting.
  • Adults engage in and model the art of conversation and social graces during snack time.
  • Play is the work of the young child; during free play, a true imaginative faculty begins to develop as children learn about sharing, taking risks, role modeling, and resolving conflict.
  • Parents engage in purposeful work (doing simple crafts and projects) while keeping a loving eye on the children's play. This is also a time for parents to share ideas and experiences about child development and education, facilitated by weekly articles and excerpts from Beyond the Rainbow Bridge.
  • The teacher presents a short story, bringing to life objects from nature according to one's imagination.
  • Morning Garden ends with a goodbye song.

Enrollment is underway for our Fall Morning Garden program. We will offer Morning Garden on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Sondi Eugene will be the Morning Garden teacher. Sondi is in her fifteenth year as a preschool/kindergarten teacher at The Waldorf School and her ninth year as a Morning Garden teacher.

All of the sessions will be held at our new Early Childhood Center at Inman Park, housed in Inman Park United Methodist Church at 1015 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta.

Questions or more information? Contact Stacey Alston at 404.377.1315 x1060.

To apply for the Morning Garden program, either apply online or download and complete the application form in our Admissions section and mail it to the school at 827 Kirk Road, Decatur, GA 30030.

Morning Garden Teacher

Sondi Eugene

Sondi Eugene was raised in rural New Jersey. She later moved to Louisiana to attend Grambling State University. Sondi received her Waldorf certificate in early childhood education from Sunbridge College in 2004 and she became certified in the Lifeways Early Childhood and Human Development Program in 2009. Sondi has been teaching at WSA since 2000. She helped develop and now teaches the Afternoon kindergarten class, as well as the Morning Garden Program. Sondi enjoys hiking, bike rides, cooking, crafts, and singing. She has two children, both of whom attended WSA since kindergarten and then the Waldorf high school Academe of the Oaks, before enrolling in college.