• Two-handed participation for all. Please leave toys, pacifiers, sippy cups, food, drinks at home or in the car. (This also helps those with allergies stay safe.)
  • We are a socks-only studio. Please help keep a safe environment. Also, children learn through their senses, including touch/feel on the bottom of their feet.
  • Sing and be silly. You are your child’s favorite teacher.
  • Talk by describing. Encourage your child by simply noticing what you see.
  • Please set your phone to silent or vibrate, and please step out of the room if you need to attend to a call. Please ask before taking pics.
  • It’s perfectly normal for children to run, tumble, scream, cry, and protest. And all children will do these things. If your child is having a rough day, please step outside a moment so you can both take a deep breath. There are days that it just isn’t going to happen and you can makeup at another event.
  • Enjoy and model class “Do-nothing" time: None of us can function in constant “acquisition mode”, the brain and body need rest to process and recover. We invite you to relax and enjoy this moment of peace in your day.
  • Wandering is just fine. Regardless of how it looks, children are exploring and processing in their own ways, even when not in your lap. Feel free to let them be, or go to them and engage them wherever they are in the room.
Every child needs three things from a parent–engagement, engagement and engagement.
— Childhood Unbound by Ron Taffel

We expect and respect…

  • Your child’s unique response, whether to retreat to a corner or wander around the room. Even if your child’s response is inward or different, it is still that child’s way of learning. You may find it frustrating to watch your child sit motionless or do something completely different than the rest of the class. Our philosophy asks for acceptance and respect of your child’s response. We trust your child to interact within the environment when ready.
  • Every adult-child pair doing something different. That means you’re is doing what’s best for your child at that moment. Your job is to listen to your child.
  • That your child feels a tension between “do it myself” and “help me!” Children love to do things themselves but only in small, safe steps. Sometimes, they just want to be held. Enjoy the hugs!
  • That your child longs to connect with you in these precious 45 minutes with your eyes, ears, hands, heart and voice.
The most important emotional accomplishment of the toddler years is reconciling the urge to become competent and self-reliant with the longing for parental love and protection.
— The Emotional Life of a Toddler by Alicia Lieberman