Circle Play & Learn Academy

A lovely cottage school for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3, including music, art, dance, stories, free play, and community building. Our loving teachers are gentle and encouraging, and our art supplies and toys are all-natural and of the highest quality. Scroll down for details about our philosophy, activities, curriculum, and more.

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REGISTRATION

Registration Fee: $30

Supplies Fee: $180

Preschool Tuition: $200/month       K-3 Tuition: $400/month

These fees will be assessed to your account after your Online Registration Form is received; tuition may be adjusted if Financial Aid is offered and accepted. You can pay by credit card through the Customer Portal  or by cash or check at Frankfort School of Ballet.

To register for the 2019-2020 school year, please click the link for your grade in the table below.

Note that grade level is only an indication of age as of August 1, 2019; teachers may use curricula for other grade levels depending on their assessments of the child's need as well as on the parent's request.

 

All fees are nonrefundable. Your spot in the class will not be held until your Online Registration Form, Registration Fee, and Supplies Fee have been received.

FINANCIAL AID

In order to make Circle Play & Learn accessible to all families, we are offering a very generous and simple financial aid program. There is no application fee and no deadline, though to some extent, aid will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Just fill out our one-page application form, submit it to FSB by email to Shannon@frankfortballet.com, and you will be given an answer quickly, usually within one week. 

Philosophy

The Circle Play & Learn Academy is a lovely, gentle classroom experience for preschoolers and homeschooled Kindergarten- and Primary Elementary-aged children.

 

With a focus on art, nature, play, and community, Circle Play & Learn is based on Waldorf education pedagogy and is saturated in the loving, beautiful, and wholesome culture established by the Frankfort School of Ballet.

Activities

Our caring teachers gather the children into a class circle and lead them in unveiling their individual personalities and educational interests through a variety of:

  • art, craft, and handwork activities,

  • puppet stories,

  • singing,

  • finger plays,

  • nature appreciation,

  • community responsibility tasks,

  • dance and Eurythmy-inspired movement activities,

  • and free play with natural handmade toys inside FSB and outside at the Old Capitol lawn.

 

Parents

Although Circle Play & Learn is designed as a drop-off program to give parents a well-deserved break and opportunity to embrace their own endeavors, parents can find enjoyment, community, and support in their involvement with the cottage school.

  • Parent volunteers are welcome in the classroom to assist the teacher and participate in their child's school experience.

  • Parents are invited to donate healthy snack items.

  • Our Circle Play teachers provide parents with lesson plan ideas that tie in with the learning that is occurring in the classroom and which they may choose to use at home for ease of planning their homeschooling.

  • Additionally, Circle Play & Learn hosts a homeschool festival co-op, open to all family members, to celebrate and bond our community.

 

Sponsors

In the Anthroposophical spirit of Three-Fold responsibility, Frankfort School of Ballet is generously donating administrative staff and classroom use for Circle Play & Learn, as well as sponsoring Financial Aid.

 

If you, your relatives, or your business would like to make a donation to Circle Play, please submit it to FSB at your convenience. With your generous donations, we can enhance and expand the programming for your children.

 

Future

In the Waldorf tradition, the teachers stay with their classes through the years as they rise through the grades. It is FSB’s intention that the Circle Play & Learn Academy continue into future years, evolving as the children grow older into upper elementary, middle, and high school classes.

Please click the links below for further information about the concepts upon which Circle Play & Learn is built.

 

The Waldorf Kindergarten

What Is Anthroposophy?

What is Eurythmy?

Kindergarten Eurythmy sample

Three-Fold Responsibility

No Drama Discipline

What is a cottage school?

Sometimes called a hybrid-school or a micro-school, a cottage school is a part-time private school for homeschooling families. Cottage schools are growing in popularity due to dissatisfaction with some aspects of public schools and the expense of private schools, along with a belief among today's parents that children belong with their families more of the time. Often, cottage schools use hands-on methods, mentoring from experts, small class sizes, and mixed-age groupings to help children learn more information in a shorter amount of time. It is the perfect option for many families who want an enriching and rigorous education in a gentle and respectful atmosphere.

Additional links that may be of interest to Waldorf-inspired families:

Facebook Group

 

How to Create a Waldorf Home

Kentahten Institute for Waldorf Education (located in Louisville, Kentucky)

Academic Outcomes for Waldorf Education

 

Stanford University conducted a multi-year, rigorous analysis of Waldorf education that resulted in a 139-page report (December 2015). Stanford found significantly higher positive student achievement outcomes on standardized state assessmentsby Waldorf students, greater engagement and significantly lower disciplinary action and truancy. These results held across the subsets of African American, Latino and socio-economically disadvantaged students. 

https://blog.waldorfmoraine.org/2017/06/stanford-university-reviews-waldorf-education/

While fame may not be the best measure of success, renowned individuals offer a glimpse into the many ways a Waldorf education prepares every student to discover and pursue his or her passion with dedication to outstanding achievements, however they define success. This is only a partial list of alumni from Waldorf schools around the world:

https://www.waldorfschoolofbaltimore.org/about-waldorf/alumni

  • Nearly 100% of Waldorf graduates attend college or university

  • 47% choose to major in humanities or arts

  • 42% choose to major in sciences or math

  • 89% of Waldorf graduates are highly satisfied in their choice of occupation

https://www.waldorfschoolofbaltimore.org/development/outcomes

Please join us for Circle Play & Learn 2019-20!

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