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.)

Spring 2018

Monday Classes run January 22 – April 30   
Tuesday Classes run January 23 – May 1   
Wednesday Classes run January 24 – May 2  
Thursday Classes run January 25 – May 3  
Saturday Classes run January 20 - May 5
No classes: Jan 27, Feb 19-24, March 19-23, March 31, April 23-28. Please mark your calendars.

 
Monday
Time: 4-5pm 
Age: 18 months and up 
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 

Tuesday
Time: 9-10am (10:30-11:30am class is full)
Age: 18 months and up 
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 

Tuesday - Spanish Infusion
Time: 4-5pm
Age: 18 months and up 
Spanish Language Infused throughout the class! The Wind Tunnel, ladybugs, printmaking, Sand Pie Kitchen, Light Table, Water Lab… all this and more! Experiences will include various types of arts media including: clay, paint, color mixing, collage, construction, light/shadow, etc. This class emphasizes art that is child led and child produced. Investigations will explore concepts of: “How Can I Make it Move? How Can I Make it Change? And How Does it Fit, or How do I Fit?” Experiences include: animal/insect observations and interactions, water discovery, and other investigations designed to teach understanding and appreciation for the natural world.
Teacher: Nikki

Wednesday
Time: 9-10am and 10:30-11:30am 
Ages: 18 months and up
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: 9-10am and 10:30-11:30am
Ages: 18 months and up 
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

Thursday
Time: 1-2pm (New class, new time!!)
Ages: 18 months and up 
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

Friday
Time: 10-11am (New day, new time!!)
Ages: 18 months and up
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

Saturday (no class Jan 27, please join us at STEAMfest. No class March 31.)
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 18 months and up 
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: Nikki

Curriculum

January at The Wonder Studio begins with Ice Crystals, Insta-Snow, Light/Shadow exploration. We'll be painting with “Cool” colors, Wet-on-Wet watercolors, Pendulum Painting, and all of your favorites at The Wonder Studio! And this is just the beginning!! 
 
Arts experiences this semester will include various types of “arts” media including: clay, paint, color mixing, collage, construction, light/shadow, etc… This class emphasizes art that is child led and child produced.

Science investigations this semester will explore concepts of: “How Can I Make it Move? How Can I Make it Change? And How Does it Fit, or how do I Fit?” Experiences include: animal/insect observations and interactions, the wind tunnel, construction, water discovery, and other investigations designed to teach understanding and appreciation for the natural world.  
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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