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Does anyone know what happened to Roots & Wings in Rockridge, or
to Maribeth Lockhart? I was interested in sending my son there
when he gets a little older, but her phone has been disconnected.
Even the link on the Waldorf resources site is wrong. Thanks
Does anyone know what the story is with Roots and Wings (the daycare/preschool in Rockridge -- NOT the Montessori school in El Sobrante). I and a number of friends have left numerous messages for the director/teacher Maribeth Lockhart, and none of us have ever received a call back. One friend even told me she called her almost 20 times (!) a few years ago (didn't leave a message each time, but never reached her in person) and never got a return phone call. Of course, this doesn't leave the best impression, but I'm still interested in finding out more about her daycare/preschool . . . does anyone have any information? Emily
Before Maribeth my son went to another preschool which was more school-like, classrooms of different kids and more teachers. It was a poor fit for us because my son really needed to know that he would have one stable adult to attach to and this was just impossible in that school, teachers changed shifts throughout the day or only worked certain days, it was too chaotic for him and for me, I never knew who had been with him all day and if his sheet wasn't filled out there was no way for me to know what sort of day he had. At Roots and Wings Maribeth is the only teacher so my son can really trust her and feel secure and I can know exactly what his day was like. And the small size makes it feel like a real community for the kids, no one is overwhelemed and everyone gets the love and attention they need. Maribeth provides an atmosphere where the kids really get to know one another and respect each other. When I come to pick my son up they are all sitting together at the table finishing lunch, just like a family. Even my little one feels like he belongs at Maribeths, when we come to pick up his older brother my younger son walks over to Maribeth and babbles at her for a minute or so then saunters into the playroom to entertain himself while we get packed up, he gets so mad at me when it's time to go!
The other thing I really like about Maribeth is the food she provides, the kids get a breakfast/morning snack, then lunch and on the full days (tuesday/thursday) an afternoon snack, it is so much easier to get out the door in the morning when I know I don't need to make a lunch, and her food is all organic and so delicious, the way I would feed my kids if I could pull it off! And for birthdays the all the kids make a birthday cake together for the birthday kid, a tradition that I just love.
I believe her enrollment is full at the moment but I would keep checking in, she is worth it. amber
Roots and Wings, a small home-based, Waldorf-inspired preschool located in Rockridge, offers a loving fun place for children ages 2 to 5. The director and teacher, Maribeth Lockhart, provides a semi-structured program for six children each day, with lots of stories, singing, art, gardening, dress-up, building with blocks and more. The children help prepare the wonderful meals and snacks provided daily (mostly vegetarian, much of it organic)! Kids receive nurturing guidance, learn how to function respectfully in a group, and are given ample opportunity for self-directed and group-oriented creative play. As a parent of one ''graduate'' and one current enrollee, I highly recommend this wonderful preschool. Open 8:45-1:15 M,W,F, 8:45 - 4:15, Ts.,Th. Part-time openings are available. Contact: Maribeth Lockhart, 547-6828
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