Wildflowers Child Care and Preschool

Wildflowers Preschool in Boise is inspired by the principles and practices of Waldorf Early Childhood.

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What are Waldorf Main Lesson Books Used For? 02/23/2024

What are Waldorf Main Lesson Books Used For? Q: In Waldorf education, main lesson books are used throughout the grades as part of a student’s educational experience: what are they used for? (This post is part of a series in which we answer the most common questions we receive in our inbox re: homeschooling, Waldorf curriculum/pedagogy, an

02/22/2024

. tried&tested ❤

02/09/2024

How to guide your children in a way they can hear you better and guide them with your family values. In today's world it can be confusing how to guide your children. Kim says there are no disobedient children just disoriented ones. Learn skills to help your family navigate these early years from 0-9.

This short video from Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, is a wonderful, practical example of “loving authority” and how it can help improve our experience as parents. It’s also a lovely illustration of the Simplicity Parenting vision for discipline and guidance that helps make parenting feel easier and more fulfilling.
If this vision speaks to you, consider joining me for our upcoming Discipline and Guidance Parent Group beginning on Feb 25th. Registration is now open!

Discipline and Guidance Parent Groups are a deep-dive into the powerful yet practical material in Kim’s book, “The Soul of Discipline.” You’ll connect with like-minded parents and discover small, doable steps you can take that lead to profound improvements in your home life.
I hope you can join us!

Tuition $100 individual or $150 couple, plus $29 materials.

Feb 25, March 3, March 10th from 130-4pm. Limited to 20 participants . Email [email protected] to register. Send payment Zelle to 2083404498 or Venmo to Laura-H007.
Limited on site childcare available.

We need 4 more registrations to hold the class.

01/29/2024

It is so very important to filter out adult information until children are firmly in their teens. It can have a very damaging impact.

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01/29/2024

Yes!! ❤️💛

01/29/2024

Your thoughts?

What schooling should be...

Thanks so much to Carol Garboden Murray from Illuminating Care: The pedagogy and practice of care 💞

Photos from Association of Waldorf Schools of North America's post 01/26/2024

We love ❤️ being part of worldwide community that celebrates the joy and simplicity of early childhood!

Wildflowers Preschool and Child Care in Boise | United States 01/25/2024

We are beginning to fill enrollment for the year. We have 2, 3 and 5 days for preschool or full day. If you're interested in learning more about our community for your child age 2-6, please review our application process. We'd love to hear from you! Details are on our website!

Wildflowers Preschool and Child Care in Boise | United States Wildflowers is a small, Waldorf inspired in-home preschool for children 2-6 years old focused of imagination, play, art, nature and community.

01/23/2024

Curious about the enchanting world of Waldorf education? Join us for our Wednesday Tours at 9:30am and embark on a journey through the heart of our school! Every Wednesday, we open our doors to parents, guardians, and interested individuals eager to discover the magic within our classrooms.

🍃 What to Expect: Wander through the vibrant hallways, witness the warmth of our classrooms, and experience firsthand the holistic approach to education that defines Waldorf. From captivating lessons to artistic expressions, each visit provides a glimpse into the unique atmosphere that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit.

📆 Book Your Spot: Tours are available every Wednesday. To schedule your visit and witness the magic of Waldorf education, simply reach out to us or visit our website. To learn more - https://www.peacevalleycharter.org/tours

We look forward to sharing the wonders of our school with you! 🌟💖

01/22/2024

Read this every day.

My Positive Outlooks ❤

01/17/2024

Parenting is hard and it doesn't seem to ease up. There are always new challenges. When my children were younger, I wanted to give them the world and do everything "right". But the world was changing and so I started researching. Even with my degrees in psychology and philosophy, I had to figure out who I was as a parent. During this time of investigation I found a local Simplicity Parenting book group when my youngest was 2, and it transformed our family forever. It gave us a solid foundation to create a healthy, calm relationship to our children and gave us tools to navigate being a parent. Twelve years later, I am still implementing Kim's thoughtful insights into our family life and into our preschool. As a certified Family Life Group Leader, I can share the benefit of my experience paired with Kim's teaching via video to support more families as they navigate life with children.

I hope you can join us for a session this winter and learn more about being a safe harbor for your children. Give this gift to yourself and your family.

Simplicity Parenting Family Life Workshop registration now open!
Sessions start next week Session 1: In Person Session 2: Via Zoom (join from anywhere!)

Small, Doable Steps to a Simpler, More Connected Home
Based on the best-selling book "Simplicity Parenting" by author, family therapist, Waldorf parent and Waldorf school consultant, Kim John Payne. Family Life Parent Sessions offer ways to create a more organized, peaceful home through defining your family values, focusing on what is truly important and finding healthy rhythms for your family that will lower stress and foster better communication and calm.

Learn:
-How simplifying in various ways can help you create a balanced and connected home life and help nurture your child’s wellbeing
-The importance of balance between your child’s inner and outer world in order to let them thrive
-Principles of simplifying the environment for your child
-Six keys to creating rhythm in your family life
-Cultivate Resilience and Emotional Well-being in Your Child
-Values-based

Session 1:
In -Person - Series of 3 Classes 2.5 hours each- January 28, Feb 4th and Feb 11th from 2-4:30pm at Peace Valley Charter School
*limited on site childcare available separately.

Session 2:
Via Zoom- Series of 4 Classes 90 minutes each - January 25, Feb 1st Feb 6th and Feb 8th from 7:30 to 9pm

Both sessions cover the same content.
Participants for each session are limited to 20 total (individual parent or a couple) to maximize the learning. Minimum of 6 participants to hold a session.

As part of the registration you'll purchase ($29) participant course materials that includes:
*One-year access to the Parent Gathering videos with Kim John Payne.
*Downloadable audio from the videos
*Convenient, mixed in person and/or online format
*Plus Bonus ...90 day access to the Parent Group Forum

Tuition: $100 individual $150 couple (special PVCS/WF pricing) plus participant materials purchase from Simplicity Parenting

To register or for questions email [email protected] and you'll get further information.

01/16/2024

Simplicity Parenting Family Life Workshop registration now open!
Sessions start next week Session 1: In Person Session 2: Via Zoom (join from anywhere!)

The information provided by Kim John Payne has been so helpful to me as a parent for over 10 years. I continue to use his insights as a teacher. The ideas Kim presents in each gathering via recorded video, plus the interactive parenting group is really a wonderful way to support your young family. I hope you can find a way to attend.

Small, Doable Steps to a Simpler, More Connected Home
Are you hoping to create more peace and harmony for your family? Are you looking for a way to maintain balance in your day-to-day family life? Unlock the power of simplicity in 2024.

Based on the book "Simplicity Parenting" by author, family therapist, Waldorf parent and Waldorf school consultant, Kim John Payne. Family Life Parent Sessions offer ways to create a more organized, peaceful home through defining your family values, focusing on what is truly important and finding healthy rhythms for your family that will lower stress and foster better communication and calm.
Gatherings will be facilitated by Laura Henning, an experienced 30+ year educator, owner and Lead Educator of Wildflowers Waldorf Preschool, a certified Simplicity Parenting and Discipline and Guidance group leader, and parent mentor.

Learn:
-How simplifying in various ways can help you create a balanced and connected home life and help nurture your child’s wellbeing
-The importance of balance between your child’s inner and outer world in order to let them thrive
-Principles of simplifying the environment for your child
-Six keys to creating rhythm in your family life
-Cultivate Resilience and Emotional Well-being in Your Child
-Values-based family

Session 1:
In -Person - Series of 3 Classes 2.5 hours each- January 28, Feb 4th and Feb 11th from 2-4:30pm at Peace Valley Charter School
*limited on site childcare available separately.

Session 2:
Via Zoom- Series of 4 Classes 90 minutes each - January 25, Feb 1st Feb 6th and Feb 8th from 7:30 to 9pm

Both sessions cover the same content.
Participants for each session are limited to 20 total (individual parent or a couple) to maximize the learning.

As part of the registration you'll purchase ($29) course materials that includes:
*One-year access to the Parent Gathering videos with Kim John Payne.
*Downloadable audio from the videos
*Convenient, mixed in person and/or online format
*Plus Bonus ...90 day access to the Parent Group Forum

Tuition: $100 individual $150 (special PVCS pricing)

If you'd like to register, email Wildflowers Child Care and Preschool [email protected] with your name and which session you'd like to attend.

Wildflowers Child Care and Preschool Wildflowers Preschool in Boise is inspired by the principles and practices of Waldorf Early Childhood

01/16/2024

We love going outside every day! We go sledding, walk in the snow, play in the rain. Good gear goes a long way to having lots of fun outside!

When the cold weather hits, it can be all too easy to simply stay indoors. But as long as it's not dangerous to be outside, consider the adventures that await!

With a little preparation and inspiration, a winter day holds a lot of promise outdoors.

Sometimes it's inertia that stops us, sometimes it's the thought of getting our little ones in all those layers, sometimes it's not having a clear idea of what to do.

Don't miss my post in which I cover Why it's important to get them out, How to make it happen, and What you can do (beyond the obvious winter sports).

See link in comments!

Photos from Peace Valley Charter School's post 01/14/2024
12/23/2023

Be the calm and protect children from over stimulation.

12/22/2023

Modeling is the key to young children. We provide their foundation in how we live our own lives.

I want to clarify one point here: just because your child is aged 7 or older, doesn't mean they will automatically be more grateful. Development doesn't happen the same way for every child across different ages. For that reason, I included points 2 and 3 here, as well.
With love,
Sarah, author of "Peaceful Discipline" ❤️

12/21/2023

I’ve been reading the little house Christmas collection to my children this week. We all love the joy and appreciation of simple things. A rag doll, a peppermint stick, a tin cup. Young children under 6 especially don’t need an excess of gifts at the holidays. A few meaningful items for them the cherish and the shared magic of the season is perfect enough. Merry Christmas to all and peace on earth.

Photos from Wildflowers Child Care and Preschool's post 12/21/2023

Seasons are something children can see, feel and experience. Waldorf early childhood celebrates the joy and beauty found in our rhythms of life and nature. We made stick bread and sat by the fire. 🔥 Happy solstice.

12/21/2023

Happy solstice.

Today at 10:27 p.m. EST is the Winter Solstice, also called the hibernate solstice. It marks the start of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

All life aligned to this threshold stands together, our senses tuned to a deeper knowing, an ancient, collective turning towards the sun. 🌞

As parents we often ask, what activity can we do? But, I like to wonder - what questions can we orient to on this seasonal threshold?

🌞 What will you carry, what will you leave behind?
🌞 The light returns slowly, what do you need to nurture in the dark?
🌞 What inner sun needs to return within you?
🌞 What gifts, vision and changes are ready to shine through?
🌞 Who could use a little light?

We are always in a cycle, a rhythm. Sometimes we are in a valley, sometimes on high ground. Each aspect of our experience has the capacity to bring us a deeper understanding of our lives and our human community.

During this time, all that understanding gets firmly composted into the ground and serves as the foundation we walk forward on.

May you find meaning and action in what has emerged on your path.

May the pieces of your personal and family story find context.

May the sun’s return light up your steps as you continue to walk your own sacred spiral.

If all you do today is honor the dark and welcome the light together, that is enough.

Every single time we draw our children’s attention to the seasonal wheel of time, to nature’s rhythm - we invite them back to nature, back to life.

Merry Solstice!

Yours,

Nicolette

If walking seasonally resonates with you, the Kids Moon Club is open for about one more week, then closes for an entire year. I would love to spiral with your family! 👉https://wilderchild.com/pages/kids-moon-club
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Image by Diego Stevenson

12/21/2023

Helloooo, everyone who's home for winter break and has grand ideas about playing board games with the children. 😉

To speak in very general terms of averages -- because that's all I can talk about, is average child development, not your kid's specific child development -- 5-6 is when children start to really become aware of winning and losing, but they still can't handle it well yet.

This is the age of racing ✨everywhere✨, of insisting that they win and you lose at everything. That sometimes leads parents to think that they're ready for actual, structured winning and losing, but they're usually not.

Children at around 5-6 love the concept of games, and they love making up their own game ideas. They might change the rules as the game is played, especially to cheat in order so that they will win. It's not "real" cheating -- it's brain development, showing the start of understanding about what kinds of things lead to winning and losing! A much younger child can't understand that kind of cause and effect or forward thinking yet.

No matter how often a child 5-6ish loses, no matter how often you tell them "It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's fun to just play games," that concept will not go through their head until they are developmentally ready (usually around 7; sometimes around 8-9 or later, depending on if they have other lagging social/emotional skills and what sort of context they've experienced winning and losing in).

Also, that's straight-up a lie and you know it. 😉 It is not fun to lose. You might get to a point of maturity where you aren't bothered by it, or aren't feeling competitive, but nobody who *is* feeling emotionally invested and competitive is like "woohoo, I lose!" So honestly that's kind of a silly thing to try to teach children. It can even be helpful to acknowledge, "Gosh, it sucks to lose sometimes, huh?" or "You know, the reason I don't mind when you beat me is because I think it was fun that we played together!" or something a little more honest and a little less clichéd.

The great news is that there are loads of cooperative board games out there these days, which are often really fun for younger kids! Games with "no point" or no set end are often good for these ages too (think of things like "I Spy", where you're guessing what the other person is thinking but nobody wins or loses).

When children try to navigate winning and losing in their own made-up games with peers, try not to interject an adult's lens on it. If they come to you for your help -- "I won and she lost!" "Nuh-uh, he lost and I won!" -- try to coach rather than refereeing. You don't have to "make the call" about the end result. Talk the kids through sorting out their own social back-and-forth, however that ends up looking.

Really, you could also black out all of the text in this entire post except for "You don't have to... out of fear..." because parenting that way, *ever*, is not very helpful. If your child is 5 and adores structured board games, great. Play games with them. If your child is 9 and loathes win/lose situations, give them some space to be themselves. I know adults who feel anxious about competitive games and drilling down on things that make your kid feel bad inside are not a way to connect with them or "prepare them for adulthood" or all the excuses people give me for why they do things like this to their child. Keep modelling grace and healthy frustration in all walks of life, not just game playing, and give them space and time to mature.

P.S. It's perfectly possible to play *with* a board game and game pieces, and not be playing by the rules of that game. My children (4 and 6) and I have still never played a structured board game (competitive or cooperative), at all, ever. We just play with the pieces and play with the concept of board games. They make stuff up and I follow their lead. :)

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A picture of a close-up of a board game like Monopoly, with text under it that reads: "Children under 7 rarely do well with games that involve winning and losing. It just takes time and maturity. You don't have to keep playing these types of games, or making them lose, out of fear that they'll grow up to be a 'sore loser'." End description.]

12/20/2023

This is absolutely true. I see it every day.

12/20/2023

Read this. Ponder and then read again.

One of the mysteries of life for me is why we have designed school in such a way that it requires children to do so many things which are very hard for them - and which become much easier in adulthood.

We require them to sit still when they are desperate to move. To stay in their seats when they want to crawl under the table. To keep quiet and listen when their body wants to play and shout.

We tell them to walk not run, when every part of their body longs to move fast. We put them into nylon trousers when they’d prefer soft leggings. We make a big deal out of things they can’t do yet, but which almost everyone learns as they grow up. Shapes, colours, telling the time. We teach them to read before they have the desire for themselves, and make them do maths which they find incomprehensibly difficult, but that a few years later will feel so simple as to be trivial. No matter whether you go to school or not.

We’ve designed school so that it’s hard for immature brains and bodies, and then we blame children and parents when they can’t follow the rules. We tell them they aren’t school-ready, or they need to try harder. We point out all the many ways in which they fall short. Too noisy, too active, too impulsive, too….childish.

By the time those children reach adolescence, the urge to roll on the floor or hang off the chair is fading, but the years of being told they have to sit still and listen have taken their toll. They’ve lost the raw energy of childhood, but it’s more than that. They’ve lost their joy in learning, because school wasn’t built for the child they were, any more than it is for the teenager they’ve become.

And then again, it’s them who are blamed. Disruptive, rude, bad attitudes. It would be so much better if they simply did what they were told.

But what we’re telling them to do in school is squashing our children. Children aren’t built to sit still and absorb information. They are built to keep moving and playing. To hang upside down and climb on the roof. To dream and shout and talk all the time.

But when our children tell us so, we’re not listening. We tell them that the problem is them.
Who are the slow learners? Not them.

Photos from AhaParenting.com's post 12/20/2023

It’s our responsibility as parents to ensure our children’s emotional safety even around other friends and family.

Photos from Wildflowers Child Care and Preschool's post 12/19/2023

Take the light into your life and carry it with you through the darkness. Children feel things before they understand them.

Photos from Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork's post 12/14/2023

It’s much more than it appears at first.

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Wildflowers Child Care

At Wildflowers Child Care, our goal is to protect the simplicity of childhood and create a haven for children where they are nurtured, loved, and allowed to be themselves in an often too busy world. Based on the principles and practices of Waldorf Early Childhood, we are part of a movement that emphasizes the basics of “play-based ~ imagination-powered - nature-infused” child development for young children. Our program has a warm, homely atmosphere with a rich interaction of multiple ages.

As part of our high-quality care, we strive to serve organic, locally produced, plant-based foods. The children will participate in gardening, harvesting, and preparing what we eat as much as possible during the year to foster a positive relationship with healthy foods and an awareness of where their food comes from. All of our food is made from scratch, with love. Spanish will be woven into the day through songs and games.

At Wildflowers, we know that children learn best from real-life experiences. What will your child learn as he helps us bake muffins or fold the laundry? Measuring, counting, following directions, nutrition, sorting, color recognition, the process of following a task through to completion, and language skills, to name a few! We will spend our days playing, learning songs and stories, working and practicing healthy self-care. We believe that it is in this environment that children truly thrive. Our rich whole-child curriculum is based on human interaction and developmentally appropriate activities that foster healthy development and a passion for learning. It is important to us that, together with you, we form a partnership of care for your child. Our goal is to be your child’s home away from home. We invite you to participate in our application process.

Warmly,

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