Nook Classes

With a team of early childhood development specialists and parenting coaches, we curated a set of classes and workshops that recognize and engage all members of the family. Our programming acknowledges that at this stage everyone is learning and growing, so we balance a focus on early childhood development milestones with attention to your growth in the role of parent and caregiver. And we make sure it’s fun too!


Program Descriptions

 

Babble Buddies: A facilitated playgroup featuring monti kids

Recommended Age: 0-12 months

85% of the brain is formed by age 3, and yet most formal schooling doesn’t begin until then. Led by Nook’s resident early childhood development specialist, Babble Buddies recognizes the importance of this time in your baby’s growth. In a relaxed playgroup setting, this 6-week series will give tiny ones the tools for meeting milestones and parents an unhurried space to ask questions about their little one’s progress and development. The classes will feature toys from our friends at Monti Kids, whose mission is to empower you to fulfill and expand your child’s potential by delivering the world-renowned Montessori curriculum right to your home. (30 minutes, 6 sessions, Parent/Caregiver Participation Required)

Tuesdays at 10a, March 5th-April 9th, at Nook Ballston Quarter

$95/child, includes same-day access to Open Play


social climbers: a movement & Socialization class featuring wiwiurka

Recommended Age: 12-24 months

Have you ever seen a one year old sit for an entire class? Neither have we. In Social Climbers, “on-the-go” is our motto. Facilitated by Nook’s resident early childhood development specialist, this class will give one-year-olds the freedom to move about the classroom, practicing gross motor skills and socializing with new friends. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to not only engage active toddlers in a fun morning activity (hello long afternoon nap!), but also bring questions on their child’s development. This 6-week series will feature wooden climbing equipment by our friends at Wiwiurka, makers of Waldorf, Montessori, and Pikler-inspired play furniture. (30 minutes, 6 sessions, Parent/Caregiver Participation Required)

Tuesdays at 10:45a, March 5th - April 9th, at Nook Ballston Quarter

$125/child, includes same-day access to Open Play


Prepped: a mindful Preschool Preview

Recommended Age: 2 years

Just yesterday they were learning to crawl, and now they’re on the brink of their ABCs. How do you prepare them for the transition to school? How do you prepare yourself? Designed and led by Nook’s resident early childhood development specialist, this class prepares toddlers for routines, independence, and group participation, by recreating the typical preschool classroom and schedule. Woven throughout the 6-class series is a focus on “mindfulness”, an important skill in both early childhood development and parenting that emphasizes an awareness of the present moment as a tool for minimizing stress and promoting happiness. This series also includes a parenting-coach led workshop where caregivers will receive advice and strategies to help prepare for the real thing, guidelines on how to discuss the transition with your child, and tips on dealing with emotional drop-offs and school resistance. (60 minutes, 6 sessions, Parent/Caregiver Participation Required)

Thursdays at 10am, March 7th - April 11th, at Nook Ballston Quarter

$250/child, includes same-day access to Open Play