Young children learn primarily through the imitation and example of the people and activities around them. Joyful experiences with parents and caregivers build a healthy sense of self and provide a strong foundation for future social relationships.

This course for parents and their young ones provides parents with practical tools for the task of raising children. The setting is warm, simple, and home-like. The rhythmic flow and creativity of the morning activities enhance the young child’s mental, physical, and emotional development. Over the course of the six weeks, parents discuss child development topics, make beautiful crafts, and learn songs and stories. In addition, a delicious snack is shared.The children see the adults engaged in meaningful activities, while parents have an opportunity to observe the children at play.

Here is the Sweet Peas 2018/19 schedule for the Nelson Waldorf School. Each session is 6-weeks long:

  • Fall – Fridays (October 26th – November 30th) 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Please note one class falls during fall break for kindergarten to grade 8 at NWS
  • Winter – Fridays (January 11th-February 15th, 2019) 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Please note one class falls during February break for kindergarten to grade 8 at NWS. In addition, the Whitewater Ski Program for the upper school (Classes 4-8) runs 4 consecutive Fridays, January 18th – February 8th. Classes 1-3 don’t have school those days.
  • Spring – Fridays (April 26th-May 31st, 2019) 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Please note one class falls during the Victoria Day extended long weekend for kindergarten to grade 8 at NWS

Fees & Registration

Fees are $150 per six weeks session, and include craft material and snack.
This educational Waldorf program has a maximum enrollment capacity of eight families.
Registrations will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program will be held in the Marigold Room in the Cedar Forest Kinderhouse.

Elizabeth Cunningham “Sweet Peas”

Elizabeth Cunningham and her husband, composer Doug Jamieson, followed their daughter’s family to the Kootenays five years ago to become actively involved grandparents of young Avalea and Sequoia.

When she is not with her lovely, lively granddaughters, Elizabeth is writing poetry, teaching art classes, singing in choirs, organizing concerts, exploring in the mountains, or taking photographs of Nature, Nelsonites and community events.

She is very happy to be the teacher for the “Sweet Peas,” Parent/Child programme, a role she thoroughly enjoyed at the Trillium and Halton Waldorf Schools in Ontario for many years where she also taught Kindergarten, grades one-four, and art and music classes.

Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology. Her thesis and specialty is in creatively and compassionately helping parents of young children with the joys and challenges of family life. elizabeth.cunningham@nelsonwaldorf.org