Parent / Toddler Classes

Expanding upon what was known as Mommy and Me classes in years past, our Parent-Toddler classes in St. Petersburg, Florida, include parents, grandparents, friends, family members and caregivers along with the little tots they love! Learn and grow together, while bonding and socializing in a safe, nurturing environment.

Current classes:

Wonder Studio

Wonder Studio is for our youngest learners.
This is a place where toddlers learn the difference between how flour and shaving cream feel between tiny fingers and toes.
A place where squeezing an entire bottle of glue onto paper is not only OK with the teacher... it is strongly encouraged!
A studio environment instead of a classroom indicates that this is a place that can get messy… there are no recipes to follow, no goals to be met. Being creative means inventing NEW ideas, not simply repeating what others have done in the past.
Sure, they'll get sticky and wet - and they'll also giggle and grow!
This is what child-led learning looks like!

The Wonder Studio is an Arts and Science Studio for young people and their caregivers that offers multi-sensory, messy and open-ended experiences. Children ages 18 months and up participate in a broad range of developmentally appropriate experiences along side a loving parent or caregiver who is dedicated to joining his/her child in discovery and exploration. Each class includes circle time with stories, songs and puppetry. Children have repeated scientific opportunities to strengthen their disposition for curiosity, creativity and co-learning. Adults gain an understanding of non-traditional approaches to chemistry, physics, biology and ecology for the youngest children. Children also discover the joys of working with one another through full-bodied arts investigations. Caregivers develop an understanding for using the arts as a tool for thinking in guiding their young child’s development.

These classes are inspired by the preschools of Reggio-Emilia, Italy, and the studio incorporates philosophies from Waldorf, Bev Bos and Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. Learning experiences are documented and reflected upon on the Wonder Studio blog: http://thewonderstudio.blogspot.com
 
Cost: $330 for 12-week session (All materials and supplies provided). 2 days of Wonder Studio classes/wk = $660. 

(In addition to the schedule below, Wonder Studio offers ocassional Saturday classes. Please contact Shannon for more information.)

Summer 2018

Register Online at: https://thewonderstudio.acuityscheduling.com/

Tuesday
Time: 9am - 11
Ages: 18mos. and UP, School Age is great.
Young explorers and a participating parent or caregiver will experience various types of media including clay, paint, color mixing, collage, construction, and light/shadow. Science experiences include: animal/insect observations and interactions, exploring the sense of taste, construction, water discovery. 
Teacher: Shannon Lipan 

Wednesday
Time: 9- 11
18mos. and UP, School Age is great.
Young explorers and a participating parent or caregiver will experience various types of media including clay, paint, color mixing, collage, construction, and light/shadow. Science experiences include: animal/insect observations and interactions, exploring the sense of taste, construction, water discovery. 
Teacher: Shannon Lipan

Thursday
Time: 9am - 11
Ages: 4 years and under
Our class with Teacher Amy is for the young Wonder’ers. All the same summer fun as Tuesdays and Wednesdays but the age of the children is limited to 4 years and under.
Young explorers and a participating parent or caregiver will experience various types of media including clay, paint, color mixing, collage, construction, and light/shadow. Science experiences include: animal/insect observations and interactions, exploring the sense of taste, construction, water discovery. 
Teacher: Amy

Friday
Time: 9am - 11
Ages: 18 months and up, School Age is great.
Young explorers and a participating parent or caregiver will experience various types of media including clay, paint, color mixing, collage, construction, and light/shadow. Science experiences include: animal/insect observations and interactions, exploring the sense of taste, construction, water discovery.  
Teacher: Alison

Curriculum

We are exploring the arts with elements of Paint, Sculpture, Collage, Printmaking, Music, Storytelling and LOTS more!
 
Science explorations include:  observing and interacting with various critters each week, investigating the Water Lab, playing with flubber, and much much more!
 
The last 15 minutes of classes will be dedicated to a sing along with all the favorite Wonder Studio songs!


All 6 weeks - Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Fridays 2 Hour Class, 9am – 11am, $240/child.
All 6 weeks - Thursdays with Amy 2 Hour Class, 9am – 11am, $240/child.
If you need to choose your own week(s) or days, please plan to reserve a minimum of 4 days of classes = $160. Each additional class will be $40/class.
Most classes fill VERY quickly! Register online at https://thewonderstudio.acuityscheduling.com.

About Shannon Lipan

Shannon Lipan has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. She taught at Shorecrest Preparatory School for 6 years and has been the Owner and teacher at The Wonder Studio for 4 years. Inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Shannon believes that children learn best through meaningful, hands-on experiences. She provides an environment that allows children to have opportunities for repeated problem-solving experimentation.

Contact Shannon

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St Petersburg, FL 33703
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