The Little Round Schoolhouse is a mixed age, home-based, farm and forest program for children 3.5-6.5 years old. The school is situated on our land, conveniently located in beautiful Bent Creek (SW Asheville). We are devoted to providing a quality program that meets the physical, social-emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of young children. We recognize and value the magic of early childhood and want to create a space that honors and nurtures our young children.
We draw a great amount of inspiration from the Waldorf model of early childhood education, which doesn’t include any formal academics but sets the foundation for academic learning later in life. We believe that play is the true work of childhood and that learning by doing provides a framework for problem solving and critical thinking, as well as a love for lifelong learning.
We surround our children with simple, natural toys and experiences. We let the children do things directly for themselves, trusting in their natural development and growth.
We believe that children flourish when their activities are arranged to match the natural rhythm of life. Our day flows with a breathing in and a breathing out, from the quiet moments of circle time and story time to the vigorous, active moments of work and play.
Typically our morning begins with circle time and creative free play. In circle time, children will enjoy songs, movements, verses, and finger plays that recognize and celebrate the cycles of the natural world. During free play, children have time to experience watercolor painting, baking, beeswax modeling, handwork and sewing, or seasonal crafts. Children are served organic, nutritious snacks daily, often made with their help. After snack, children go outside to play and have the opportunity to garden or participate in group games. After outdoor play, we return to the classroom once more to experience the magic of a fairy tale. Our day ends as we gather together around the table for lunch.
Each week brings the opportunity to experience nature walks, yoga, gardening, arts and crafts, and music. Our family includes rabbits and chickens and we desire to offer the children opportunities to participate in meaningful exchanges with animals and urban farming.
We are a family of teachers with many years experience and training. We value lifelong learning in ourselves and strive for continual education outside of the classroom.
The Little Round Schoolhouse meets Tues, Weds, and Thurs from 9-1.
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