Parent/Child Programs

Parent/Child Programs

Little Clamshells – On Campus Parent and Child Program

Mangrove School of Sarasota fosters a community of warmth and support for parents, and a nurturing atmosphere of joy and respect for young children.

Children are provided with playthings from the natural world and simply made toys that allow and encourage imaginative play, while parents engage in handwork and craft activities, such as wet felting or simple sewing projects.  Special attention is given to supporting your child’s interests, motor development, social interaction, and problem-solving skills.

Each morning includes seasonal nursery rhymes, lap games, finger plays, simple songs,  and stories.  Time is given for free play and exploration of both indoor and outdoor environments.  The children make and enjoy delicious gluten free bread, along with fresh fruit or vegetables, herbal tea, or water.

The parents are offered a peek into their own child’s interactions in a group setting as well as observations of other children in the same age range.  The program provides an example of a rhythmic, structured morning, along with songs and finger plays that they may wish to incorporate into the routines of family life. The teacher brings articles to help support the parents as they navigate the early years, and opportunities for adult enrichment through the school are readily available.

Children ages 3 and under attend with their parent or caregiver once a week.

We offer 7-8 week sessions throughout the year, on Mondays from 9-11:30. The cost is $20 per class, billed in advance.

Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Mid-session registrations are accepted based on availability; in this case, tuition is prorated based on the start date. .

You can apply for registration on our website under “Apply Now”.  If a space is available you will receive an email to complete your enrollment.  If there are no spaces available at the time, we will contact you directly and place you on our waiting or substitute list.

Little Seedlings – Parent and Child Nature Program

Forest Fridays for Parent and Child “Come and join me in the wild”
Nurturing the seeds of mini-naturalists and their parents (Ages 2-4 with Mom and/or Dad)

Join us each week for exploring, discovering, and connecting in the wonder of the natural world, all while nurturing, growing and deepening relationships with each other, all of creation and all relations here on earth.

Each class will include nature games and activities to enhance naturalist skills, songs, nature art, honoring the elements, giving thanks, snack time, and freedom to explore. We will use our senses through fox walk, deer ears, eagle eyes, raccoon hands, and bear nose to connect and commune with nature, while simultaneously learning more about the native trees, birds, animals, insects and plants of our area. Be present with your child in local preserves and nature spots, playing, birding, tracking, collecting, and crafting.

With the rest of your week moving at warp speed, this is a  precious time to connect with your child in nature, develop your naturalist skills, make new friends, and build community together.

This class meets Fridays from 10-12:30.