Beginning in July, LifeWays Northeast will offer early childhood and human development training for adults on the campuses of Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten in Lincolnville and Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport. LifeWays brings the insights of Rudolf Steiner and the principles and practices of Waldorf education as well as contemporary research into the daily life and care of young children in homes and early childhood centers.

The course work includes human growth and development; child, family and community; development of home and center-based childcare programs; and the domestic and nurturing arts. The course also includes eurythmy (artistic movement) as well as music, voice and lyre training. Instructors include Susan Silverio, director and kindergarten teacher at Spindlewood; Rachel Ross, remedial education training provider in Spain, Ireland, Canada and Brazil; Amy Robbins-Wilson, author, singer and creator of LullabyLink; and Suzanne Down, master puppeteer and founder of Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts.

Each student will be matched with a mentor who is available for a monthly consultation and a two-day visit. A LifeWays certificate is available to students who do independent study, as well as child and program observations.

The four on-campus sessions scheduled as part of the training cycle will be July 12-22, Oct. 8-11, a weekend in March, and 12 days in July 2011 culminating in a graduation ceremony.

Silverio, as director of LifeWays Northeast, is now enrolling parents, caregivers, home-based and center-based preschool educators, and grandparents who wish to develop their life and work with young children. For more information call Silverio at 763-4652 or visit lifewaysnorthamerica.org.