Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School ~ Igniting a lifelong love of learning for over 40 years
Media Contact: Robyn Coe
(Berkshires, MA) January 11, 2012—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) announces the Spring 2013 performance schedule of children’s puppet plays, starting with “The Starry Night,” a gentle tale about a baby who cannot sleep and a mother who lulls the child by reminding her about the stars and moon watching lovingly from above. “The Starry Night,” first of three puppet plays in the series to take place at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington, starts Saturday morning January 26, at 10:30am, with a second show at 11:30am. More “Mornings at Matrushka” puppet plays continue February 16 and March 23, 2013, with two morning shows each performance day. As spring advances, puppet plays will continue in the GBRSS Early Childhood center at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, on April 6 and May 11 at 10am, followed by an opportunity to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. All events are free. To learn more, call Tracy Fernbacher at (413) 528-4015, ext. 106 or visit gbrss.org
Puppeteer Trice Atchison performs “The Starry Night” using her own handmade mother-child rod puppet, a type of puppet used in Waldorf early childhood programs that is able to make simple gestures conveying touch and warmth, encouraging children to feel safe and assured, as in an embrace. The storyteller’s calm, rhythmic voice accompanies the puppet story. Puppeteer Trice Atchison is a parent-child teacher at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, with a teaching certificate from Sophia’s Hearth Family Center (Keene, NH) and a master’s degree from Emerson College, Boston. She is currently studying therapeutic puppetry for young children through the Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts (Denver, CO).
Matrushka Toys and Gifts, located at 309 Main Street in Great Barrington, brings a love of “action” to children of the Berkshires, specializing in a unique collection of “child-powered” toys, entertaining games, classic books, cards and natural baby gifts, in a store that makes room for imaginative play, and puppet plays that come to life in the hands of an experienced teacher. Matrushka is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Early Childhood at GBRSS—The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s early childhood program is based on the simple yet profound concept that young children learn through imitation, imagination and meaningful activity. Teachers strive to create a nurturing and rhythmical environment in which the young child’s senses, imagination, and awareness of self and others can flourish. This developmentally appropriate and secure beginning provides a strong foundation for later academic and artistic learning in the grades and beyond. The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s early childhood programs include Kindergarten (for children 4-6, in a program of 5 or 4 full days or mornings), Nursery (for children 2 years and 9 months to 4, in a program of 5 or 3 full days or mornings), Parent-Toddler Circle (for parents and their children ages 1 to 3, in a program offered once a week for 8-week sessions) and Parent-Baby Circle (for parents and their infants from birth to walking). Tuition for Pre-K and Kindergarten is based on a sliding scale.
Authentic Learning in the Berkshires—Founded in 1971, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School provides a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education for students from preschool through early adolescence, starting with a warm welcome to learning with Parent-Baby classes, Pre-K and Kindergarten. Early childhood classrooms are situated in their own building, equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. On the other side of the 32-acre campus, the elementary school for first through eighth grade students (from the Berkshires, northern Connecticut and New York’s Columbia County) provides a balance of rigorous academics and the arts, preparing children for their choice of high school and college. One of more than 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide, a movement of independent schools developed in the early twentieth century by Austrian educator, scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School operates from the core understanding that engaging all aspects of the human being—intellectual, spiritual and physical—provides a truly well-rounded education.
Interviews and high resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teacher Trice Atchison, or GBRSS School Administrator John Greene, please contact Robyn Coe at (818) 287-1237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.