Hi, my 2 year old twin girls and I attend a Waldorf-inspired playgroup. The playgroup runs for 6 weeks - 1 day a week for 2 hours.
Here's what we do:
- Free Play Time - the children play while the parents chat or work on a craft that the leader has set up
- Circle Time - the leader starts a ring/circle song and we all gather around in a circle. Then we all do 6-8 songs, little finger games, etc. The same ones each week so the children learn the songs and movements. At the end we sing a "go out and play" song.
- Outdoor Play Time - the children play outside and then all wash their hands....we sing a "wash hands" song. They sit at an outdoor picnic table and have a snack the leader has prepared
- Story Time - the leader sings a song that tells them it's time to come in for story. She has a little table set up with dolls and accessories for telling a story. She tells the same story each week. Then sings a "goodbye" song at the end of the story
I have been to other "natural mama" playgroups and really enjoyed those when the girls were younger and I mostly needed the connection to other moms. Now that the girls are a little older, I have ABSOLUTELY LOVED this playgroup. It is more structured and the girls really enjoy learning the songs and participating in group activities more. It is just a nice thing to do with them.
The playgroup runs for a 6 week session and the songs/circle time usually involves songs that go along with the season. For example, right now, all of our songs are about winter, cold weather, etc. The next session we may sing more spring type songs.
The leader charges $50 per 6 week session.
If you don't have a Waldorf school nearby that trains playgroup leaders, you might just want to get some Waldorf-type books and find some things you think would be fun to do with the group. If you are looking for songs, I would highly recommend the CD Come Follow Me. It has a lot of traditional Waldorf songs and it follows a seasonal timeline.
Good Luck in forming a group!