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If you're interested in joining our team of teachers please reach out to Jessica at heartfeltschool@gmail.com

 

Parent / Child Play Group

In our parent/child program we offer an opportunity for parents to come with their young children between ages birth to 3 in a special, peaceful setting in community with other families.  Together parents can deepen their understanding of early childhood development through conversations with the teacher and one another. Parents will have the opportunity to engage in simple craft activities while their child plays.  This allows parents the chance to observe their child from a distance and to connect with other parents.  Observation is the key to deepening our understanding of our children, so we will use every opportunity to allow them to teach us!

Topics of conversation will include things such as creative discipline, daily and weekly rhythms in the home, ideas for healthy activities, and creating a home environment that is supportive of your child's changing needs.

 Call for more information: (207) 838-1990

 

Rudolf Steiner Study Group

Coming soon!

 

SIMPLICITY PARENTING

Based on Kim John Payne╩╝s successful book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids, this workshop invites parents to learn more about an effective pathway to simplify their home environments, family rhythms, schedules and exposure to media to reduce stress and allow for more room for connection, creativity and relaxation with their children.

Call for more information (207) 838-1990

Nondiscrimination Policy - Nondiscrimination Heartfelt School admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender preference, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Heartfelt School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender preference, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran or marital status or any legally protected status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.

 

 

Life as a Work of Art

Becoming Who We Are

Participants will explore the unique thread that runs through their own life story (biography).  Specifically, how the rhythms and patterns of our life can be examined through art making and conversation, giving deeper meaning to our human condition. Exploring ones biography--past, present and expectations of the future--leads to a richer understanding of oneself.   What intentions do we bring forward and what comes towards us as we grow? Can we see the challenges and resistances we face as learning opportunities? 

Awakening meaningful understandings of the self--in a co-created way--encourages a genuine engagement with life.

Facilitator:  Paul Gebhardt is the parent of two Waldorf school students, a founding member of the Heartfelt School and faculty member at the Maine College of Art. Currently a student at the Center for Biography and Social Art, Paul has over 15 years of experience working with communities and individuals as an educator, creative practitioner and facilitator.

For more information please contact the Heartfelt School.  

To register please contact us: 

(207) 838-1990      heartfeltschool@gmail.com

 

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Our Ideals in Practice:

*We are inspired by the ideals of Waldorf Education, Resources for Infant Educarers / Emmi Pickler's philosophy, and the work of Gordon Neufeld.

 *We are working out of a deep respect for the young child. Through ongoing study and focused observations of the children in our care, we strive to deepen our understanding and thus be better able to meet their needs.

 *We understand the value of providing health–giving experiences and a warm, nurturing environment to young children.  Slowing down to a child's pace and interacting with the children with presence and interest we create a loving atmosphere full of joy, wonder and reverence.   We provide the children with opportunities for free exploration and interactions with one another and with nature.  With loving presence we support them through the challenges that these interactions may present.

 *We recognize the importance of self-initiated, creative free play to the healthy development of the young child and how this play supports learning throughout childhood and into adulthood.  Time and space for play to unfold is an important part of our program.

 *We understand the importance of rhythm and repetition. In our programs children experience daily, weekly, and yearly rhythms reflected in our activities and festivals.  The comfort of a predictable routine allows children to live freely in the moment, free to explore and experience the world around them with a sense of confidence and security.

 *We recognize that the work of the child involves imitation, social exploration, exploration of the natural world, practical and meaningful work, and artistic activities.  Our teachers engage in meaningful practical activities that the children are free to observe, participate in, and incorporate into their play.  Some of this work and play unfolds in the garden as we tend the earth and plant seeds.  Preparing meals, and "keeping house", making knitted or wooden toys, watercolor painting, and beeswax modeling are all examples of practical and artistic activities.

 *We understand that nourishing sensory experiences is essential in the development of the young child.  The young child's brain is very active in it's development.  We recognize that sensory experiences play an important role in this development.

 *We strive to be a diverse community.  We welcome families from diverse racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.  We strive to meet the needs unique to each child and each family.

 *We strive to build a healthy, thriving school community that supports the healthy development of its children and families.  We celebrate festivals together as a community, offer parenting classes, and opportunities for self-development.  Parents and teachers work in partnership to best support the children in our care.