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Circle Activities and Handcrafts for Early Childhood Educators

Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Circle Activities P1230097A creative journey through the year with Nancy Blanning of The Denver Waldorf School and Sunbridge Institute and Motria Shuhan of Acorn School

A professional development course for early childhood educators

Circle activities and handcrafts stand as pillars of the Waldorf early childhood classroom, leading the young child artistically and imaginatively into practical life activities of the human being, the natural world, and the progression of the seasons. This “two courses-in-one” week offers you the rare opportunity to explore these aspects of early childhood education with two consummate Waldorf early childhood educators.

Through mornings with Nancy, you will:

• Explore fun, imaginative movement circles and adventures and learn why they are so essential for young children today
• Journey through the progression of the seasons with a day dedicated to each season
• Learn how to create your own movement circles to encourage and support healthy physical and sensory development
• Practice the elements of movement journeys and circle activities and leave with new material to bring to your classroom

Through afternoons with Motria, you will:

• Get creative with small nature displays for use on a meal table, hanging ring, or for children to take home
• Explore the possibilities of seasonal crafts the children can create
• Discuss how the rhythmic seasons of nature inform our artistic choices for crafts and festivals



Nancy Blanning is Co-Director of Sunbridge’s Early Childhood Teacher Education program, on whose faculty she has served since 1994. Nancy has also been on the faculty of The Denver Waldorf School (CO) for the past 30 years, where she has served as lead Kindergarten teacher and Educational Support Teacher; she also travels to schools in the US and Canada to provide teacher mentoring and evaluation and conducts developmental observations. Nancy’s main focus is therapeutic education with a special emphasis on developmental movement as supporting young children’s physical incarnation and sensory development.

A member of the Board of WECAN, Nancy is a frequent presenter at national and international Early Childhood conferences. Her writing credits include contributor to Gateways, contributor and collaborator to “You’re Not the Boss of Me” (WECAN publication), Editor of WECAN’s First Grade Readiness, Editor of WECAN Journal, regular columnist for Lilipoh, and co-author, with Laurie Clark, of Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures, a collection of original movement imaginations for the classroom. Nancy holds a BA from the University of Colorado in English, with teaching credentials. She also earned a certificate as Extra Lesson provider and therapeutic educator from Gradalis Seminars, where she attended four-year anthroposophical therapeutic/remedial training in Extra Lesson and supplementary therapies and academic support strategies.


Motria Shuhan is Director and Founder of Acorn School, a developing member of WECAN located in Accord, NY. She also serves as a student mentor and teacher in Sunbridge’s Early Childhood Teacher Education program. Motria’s fifteen years of experience working with young children include nine years at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, NY, where she worked in the nursery and kindergarten and served as the Pedagogical Chair for three years. With a special interest in the art of puppetry, Motria has staged shows for conferences, festivals, and other community events. A graduate of Sunbridge’s Early Childhood Teacher Education program, she also completed a three-year Advanced Therapeutic Course for Early Childhood Educators in Denver.

Students who took previous Sunbridge summer courses with Nancy and Motria had this to say:

~ Nancy’s warmth, incredible breadth of knowledge, and realistic/practical approach were wonderful.
~ I enjoyed Nancy’s wisdom and lightness of spirit.

~ Such a pleasure to be in the company of a master!

~ Motria was the perfect person to teach this course. Not only did she share her craft skills and knowledge, but she graciously answered all of my questions about the early childhood classroom in general. I loved “moving through the seasons.”

Motria is generous with her time, her instruction, her materials and her support.

~ Motria gave me a fresh perspective… I’m glad to have been able to tap into her wealth of knowledge.


Course Schedule
Sunday, June 25: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First session runs from 7-9pm
Monday, June 26-Thursday, June 29: Classes begin each day by 8:30am and run through 5:30pm, with an hour for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, June 30: Classes begin by 8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.


Course Fee
$810 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee). Discounts may apply; see registration form for details



Contact our Admissions & Summer Series Coordinator Penelope-Myles Voss at summer@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20

Sunbridge Institute reserves the right to cancel any offering at any time. If Sunbridge cancels, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund. If the registrant cancels, he or she will receive a full refund less the non-refundable registration fee.  Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary.


Sunbridge Institute
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States