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what we offer

Brooklyn Morning Garden was founded to offer a safe, nurturing, and beautiful environment to welcome young children gently into their first schooling experience. 

Our curriculum supports the children's healthy physical, emotional, and mental growth, and is based on a deep respect and love for the dreamy and wonder-filled nature of the young child. Together we move through our days according to a strong, reliable rhythm of activities that balance rest and activity, freedom and form. We make ample time for imaginative play, practical work, and expressive arts, giving the children every opportunity to explore and learn from the world around them. We will also be sure to venture outdoors to play together in all seasons and weather, and work together to prepare a nourishing, healthy morning meal every day.

Practically, this curriculum supports the children's developing motor skills, social intelligence, and scientific curiosity. Through our work with songs, stories, and games, we also begin to plant the seeds of literacy and numeracy in a way that will allow the concepts to grow with the children. 

 

Our Teachers

 
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Willow Westwood

Brooklyn Morning Garden is owned and operated by Willow Westwood. Willow has been an early childhood teacher in Waldorf schools for years and studied teaching at the Sunbridge Institute, a Waldorf teacher training center in Spring Valley, New York. She worked in early childhood at the Brooklyn Waldorf School for two years and is currently the lead teacher of the Children's Garden (ages 2-6) at Our Sons and Daughters School, a Waldorf school on the East End of Long Island. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the New School in History and Economics. 

Willow grew up on a mountain in Western Massachussets, spending her days exploring in the forest and working in the garden. Upon moving to New York City at 18, she began caring for children and saw both a universality in children's drive to learn and explore, as well as the incredible way children in the city learned to interact with their environment--both physical and social. Meanwhile, she was working in academia, and came to realize how critical social awareness, the capacity for creativity, and practicality were to individuals trying to work towards a better world. Eager to help support these capacities, she delved into socially conscious studies of child development and has since devoted her life to helping children grow into the kinds of adults who will make a better world. 

She is looking forward to returning to Brooklyn to serve the borough's incredible community of families, and created Brooklyn Morning Garden to provide a place where children can receive the loving support they need to thrive in urban environments. 

 
 
 

SOLANA HOFFMANN-CARTER

After graduating from the University of the Arts with a bachelors of fine arts in dance and a minor in religion and philosophy, Solana has spent most of her time caring for children of all ages, alongside performing with multiple dance companies and projects in New York City. These companies allow her to delve into teaching workshops in creative movement, modern dance, Capoeira and socially conscious choreography. Working within public schools as well as dance programs, she has found a love of teaching and getting involved with the young population.

In 2007, Solana finished her 11 years of Waldorf education at the Princeton Waldorf School in New Jersey. Looking back at that time she has nothing but love, gratitude, and excitement for those years she had growing up within a Waldorf community.

The value that Waldorf education has on child development and the important relationships it cultivates between people is what has brought her to Brooklyn Morning Garden. Solana looks forward to assisting and building connections in the classroom this fall.

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Tuition


four day

$8,000 per year


three day

$6,000 per year


two day

$4,000 per year


Enrollment

We are currently fully enrolled for the 2018/2019 school year! To be placed on our wait list, please fill out the enrollment application.

Our program runs from 9am to noon, Monday through Thursday. We offer flexible two, three, and four day enrollment options.

 Tuition is set to keep Brooklyn Morning Garden accessible to as many families as possible while allowing us to cover our expenses and offer families a high-quality program. Payment plans are available. 

To begin the admissions process, please complete the enrollment application. Feel free to contact us with any questions!