The Story of the Little Round Schoolhouse

“Dozens of families transformed their lives, I was amazed at what I saw; anxious children became less anxious; overwhelm turned into more ease for both children and parents”

Becca Lane (founder) 

Through our programs, we help parents and children develop the tools to live happier, healthier lives.

My name is Becca Lane

I'm the founder of the Little Round Schoolhouse, where our programs and services are designed to support and protect the magic and joy of childhood. Although I have been doing this specific work for over ten years, my path here hasn't been straight and simple. 

I graduated with honors over 15 years ago from Furman University in South Carolina and spent the first years of my teaching career working with at-risk middle school youth through AmeriCorps and then later teaching outdoor education to high schoolers in Alaska. I enjoyed the work, grew as a teacher, and also yearned to be in the classroom with younger children, where I truly felt called.

I moved to Asheville, NC to train as a public school teacher in a graduate program. During that time I learned a great deal about the importance of developmentally appropriate practices, especially in early childhood. I was surprised and disappointed that these practices weren't applied in most classrooms I observed; specifically in preschool and Kindergarten where it seemed the most crucial.

During this time, I discovered Waldorf education: an alternative education method that combines artistic, practical and intellectual content with a focus on social skills and spiritual values. I was most impressed with Waldorf's commitment to teach children in a developmentally appropriate way. 

The more I learned, the more incongruence I felt

between what was offered in local schools (in early childhood) and what was shown to be developmentally appropriate. In 2009, I left the public school system and accepted the role as a lead teacher in a small, mixed-age kindergarten that followed Waldorf practices and teaching. This work resonated deeply and it didn't take long before I knew I had found my calling within this model of education.

That same year my son was born. With a 4 year old daughter already in tow, I wanted to make a significant change in my life that would have a positive impact on my family and community. I made the courageous leap to set-up my own small school, in my backyard, in a yurt, and the idea behind the Little Round Schoolhouse was born.

Our community was clearly ready for our school--we boasted full enrollment before the building was even constructed! The first group of parents helped us to literally build the schoolhouse. I made many of the toys inside and school parents made others. An incredible community formed. Parents began to report we were changing their lives and the way they would raise their children.

It didn't take long for me to realize that teaching children was only one layer of my work; a large part my work was educating parents and providing them with the tools they need to navigate parenthood. Parents saw the simplicity, joy, and magic of our school days and wanted to learn more about how to bring these qualities into their home and family life. This need to support and meet parents inspired me to start parenting groups based on the Simplicity Parenting method founded by Kim Payne.

I was one of the first trained under this model over 8 years ago and have completed three trainings with Payne since. Supporting parents via Simplicity Parenting remains a key component of our process at Little Round Schoolhouse.

The Little Round Schoolhouse

is no longer just a small school. While we remain an integral part of our local community, we are now supporting parents beyond our location.  Combining the Simplicity Parenting framework, tenets of Waldorf education, and over a decade of classroom experience, we’re supporting families all over the world, just like yours.

"I watched lives transform as a result. I was amazed at what I saw; anxious children became less anxious; overwhelm turned into more ease for both children and parents"

Becca Lane
Founder
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