Ever found yourself wondering: What's normal, what's healthy, and what should I expect of my young child? These questions and others, including the importance of nutrition, routine, and stages of development, will be explored this year in the Parent-Child program at Ashwood Waldorf School.

Parent-Child classes are specially designed for children from 18 months to 36 months with an accompanying parent or caregiver.

Two 10-week sessions will be offered this year, meeting weekly on Thursdays from 9 to 11:00 a.m., Sept. 19 through Nov. 21 and Jan. 9 through March 20 (with no class on Feb. 20).

The Parent-Child program offers safe play for children and peace and friendship for parents. The children play freely, enjoying simple group activities. They experience puppetry and storytelling while their parents are nearby making toys or crafts and learning about parenting the young child. Parents value the opportunity to meet other parents with similar questions, ideas, and resources.

Classes are led by early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, who brings to the program decades of experiences as a teacher and mother as well as a wealth wisdom in the areas of early childhood education, handcrafting, healthful homemaking, and parenting.

The fee for the session is $250. Infant siblings are welcome at no cost. A sibling over six months old may be enrolled for half of the tuition. The enrollment deadline is Friday, Sept. 13. For more information, or to receive a registration form, please contact Laura Purdom at info@ashwoodwaldorf.org, 236-8021 or at ashwoodwaldorf.org/parent-child to download a registration form.