RIE®: Discover Your Baby (crawling to pre-walking) - In-Person

Member Price: $225.00

Lee Fernandez

Please note: Masks & proof of vaccine REQUIRED for adults. Vaccines strongly recommend for children over 6 months. Masks strongly recommended for children over 2 years.


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The non-member rate for this 6 week series is $262 and the member rate is $225. Click here to purchase your membership today.

  • Class Description

    This series is designed for babies who are mobile (crawling to pre-walking).

    Discover Your Baby’s unique personality in a peaceful, safe play setting that encourages babies to become attentive, active and curious explorers. The RIE® (Resources for Infant Educarers) philosophy is all about respect -- specifically, responding to infants and children with the same respectfulness we try to use in our adult relationships. In this 6 week series, parents are the natural experts, observing and learning from their own child, other participants, and from an experienced parent educator.

    Rather than a guided play activity class where parents decide how babies move and explore, this class is all about reading baby's cues and learning how to more carefully consider when to intervene in your baby’s exploration and more importantly, when not to.


    Beginning with a foundational overview of RIE® philosophy and the work of Magda Gerber introducing respectful caregiving, this series will give you the space, time, and guidance to notice what your child can do rather than what they cannot.

    -You will learn about and practice balancing baby's needs and your own and tune in to your unique child and family circumstance.
    -You will connect in the joy of observing your child's unfolding developmental process and discuss how to turn your home into a supportive sanctuary without expensive toys or gimmicks.
    -Along with facilitated discussion, there will be intentional time for observing the babies and the opportunity for reflection and development in your attunement and reverence for your baby

    Please Note:

    -Content covered in these sessions is included in the Details section below.
    -See the Details section for more information regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.
    -Registration includes one adult and one child.
    -Bring a small blanket or quilt to place your baby on.
    -Click here to learn more about RIE®

  • Details

    The curriculum is your baby. Weekly class topics include all the basic Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) Principles with relevant handouts. Any and all questions and concerns about infant development and parenting are welcome from every participant during an open sharing time.

    Week 1: What is Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) and where did it come from? Who was Magda Gerber? Define “educarer”. TRUST in your child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self learner.

    Week 2: FREEDOM TO MOVE, to explore and INTERACT with others. The connection between movement and brain development.

    Week 3: SENSITIVE OBSERVATION in order to understand your child’s needs. QUALITY WANTS NOTHING TIME. Learn from your baby; your baby is your teacher. TIME for uninterrupted play. “We do less so they can do more”.

    WEEK 4: INVOLVEMENT OF YOUR CHILD in all caregiving activities to allow your child to become an active participant rather than a passive Recipient. QUALITY WANTS SOMETHING TIME. Using diapering, dressing, feeding, bathing as connecting times.

    WEEK 5. The child’s ENVIRONMENT is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing. Creating a safe YES SPACE for your baby. Simple, engaging play objects and toys.

    Week 6: CONSISTENCY and CLEARLY DEFINED LIMITS and EXPECTATIONS to develop positive discipline. How all the RIE principles intertwine. “Your Presence is Enough”. Taking care of yourself.

    The following processes have been put into place in order to facilitate a clean learning environment for your child:

    -One adult per child may attend.
    -Each adult (or child over the age of 2) in attendance must remain masked for the duration of the session.
    -Only clean, sanitized toys will be available for play.
    -The facilitator will remove "mouthed" toys from the play space throughout the session.
    -All equipment will be sanitized between sessions.
    -Studio rugs will be covered with a clean sheet.
    -No food will be provided during class. We ask that snacks are provided prior to or following the session.

  • Facilitator(s)

    Lee Fernandez has 55 years as a parent educator, teacher, preschool owner and administrator of university and military child care programs. Lee was fortunate to study and work directly with Maga Gerber. She has been teaching RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance Classes since 1988. www.discoveryourbaby.org

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