LCG offers classes for home- schooled children ages five to fourteen. We meet from one to four on Tuesday afternoons in Brighton, New York.
The school year begins in mid-September and goes through to mid-May, with breaks for holidays corresponding to the Brighton School District schedule.
What is Waldorf Education?
Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head. Here at Lilac Children’s Garden our teachers try to bring the essence of Waldorf education to homeschooled children during our weekly classes, focusing on nature study and the arts, which draw children without effort or words toward the ideals of any profound experience of reverence universal love and compassion. These class efforts are reinforced by our celebration of the Fall Equinox, Winter Solstice, and Spring Equinox festivals together as a community. There are many resources available to learn more about Waldorf education, including Why Waldorf Works. At the beginning of the school year, new families are provided with the book Waldorf Education: A Family Guide (Pamela Johnson Fenner and Karen L. Rivers, eds.) to familiarize families with Waldorf education philosophy.
Is LCG a parent co-op?
We do not strictly follow a parent co-op governance model. However, parental help and involvement are necessary to make our quality offering possible. Each year, LCG asks parents in the fall to commit to fulfilling at least one parent responsibility (e.g., help during the plays with costumes or scenery, assist with the planning and production of our festivals, serve on the Board of Directors, etc.). Teachers may also request parental assistance in the classroom and with set-up and/or clean-up on a rotating basis (three or four times a year, depending on class size).
Will LCG be right for my child?
There is no definitive way to answer this question. Each prospective family is asked to attend the information meeting in the spring of each year to learn about our community and our classes. Then, before any commitment to enroll is made, we encourage prospective families to visit the class their child may join and take a tour of LCG. We understand that our curriculum focus and style is not right for everyone. But if, after consultation and the chance to see the program in action, Lilac Children’s Garden does seem like a good fit, we will welcome your child, and your extended family, into our community. For every child enrolled, we do our best to further your child’s growth and enrichment.
What about finances?
We hope to serve any Rochester-area families who might be interested in participating, and so are able to charge a sliding scale that we hope will make it possible.
We ask a contribution of $610-$695 per child to cover materials and expenses (which includes a fair wage for our hardworking and dedicated teachers). Please speak to the treasurer about a payment plan that might work for you.