WSA's 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 gather weekly for Morning Garden at our Decatur campus or Inman Park campus. 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.
2020 Winter Morning Garden Sessions: January - February, specific days & times (usually Monday or Friday) TBD
Inman Park - Inman Park United Methodist Church at 1015 Edgewood Avenue, NE, Atlanta 3030
Decatur - 827 Kirk Road, Decatur 30030
For more information, contact WSA Enrollment Director Stacey Alston at (404) 377-1315 Ext.1
Morning Garden Teachers
Jolie Luba grew up in São Paulo, Brazil as a child. When one of her two brothers joined a Waldorf kindergarten, the whole family was drawn to Waldorf Education in different ways. Jolie received her degree from the University of São Paulo as a Psychologist, and she earned her Waldorf Early Childhood certification from Casa de Cultura Três Fontes - Campinas, SP. Jolie taught English as a Second Language to children and adults for many years in Waldorf Schools and other environments before moving to Atlanta. Jolie taught in our school's kindergarten program from 2006 to 2012. For two years before returning to WSA in 2014, Jolie worked in the Brazilian public school system, offering continuing education lectures about Waldorf philosophy, and also directed Escola Jardim Primavera, a Waldorf initiative in Ubatuba, SP. Jolie and her husband have a son who graduated from WSA and is now a student at Academe of the Oaks. Jolie's hobbies include dancing and skygazing.
Gabriela was born and raised in Romania. She attended a Pedagogical High School and became a primary school teacher in 1987 at the age of 18. She acquired the Waldorf Teacher Certificate in 1992 and opened a Waldorf class in the primary school where she had taught previously. She and her husband came to the United States in 1995. Gabriela attended the Waldorf Early Childhood program in Spring Valley where she graduated in 1996. They moved to Atlanta in 1997 and Gabriela opened a small playgroup in her home, which has continued for more than twenty years. In 2013, Gabriela received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University. Gabriela has taught Morning Garden at WSA for more than a decade. Gabriela's passions are music, reading, storytelling, handwork, cooking and Anthroposophy. She also loves outdoor adventures, such as hiking, skiing and rafting.