Butterfly Class (Pre-K, Age 4 by September)
The Butterfly class is a fun, creative, safe, and positive learning environment, full of play and opportunity for children to discover what they love about life and enjoy about learning. As the children build friendships with each other, my hope is that the Butterfly class will be a place where children feel secure to be themselves and gain a sense of independence as they mature and investigate their world.
Every child in the Butterfly class is at a different stage in their interest and development regarding academics. Since most, if not all, of the children will be moving on to Kindergarten the following year, we engage the students where they are academically and focus on the things which will prepare them well to succeed as they grow and learn. We incorporate the skills needed for Kindergarten readiness in all aspects of our classroom activities.
Our monthly snack schedule is available for download on our About page. Snack is the same for all classes.
Check out our school calendar for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
Michelle Klinsing, Lead Teacher
My name is Michelle Klinsing, I am thrilled to be a part of the Little Acorn team! Working with children and families is something I have always loved! I began working with children from the time I was in high school, from here I went on to seek my degree in Early Childhood. I graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations. I have spent the last 16 years working with young children in a variety of settings. I have spent the majority of my career teaching in classrooms with the HeadStart and ECEAP programs. In most recent years, I ran my own preschool from home in order to spend more time with my family. It was a great adventure! Watching and facilitating children to learn, grow and develop in fun and new ways is where my passion lies. Helping children to feel successful and foster a love a learning at a young age is something I feel is so important in preschool years! I am also an advocate of play! Giving children the space and time to play, explore, create and build are essential for learning!
I have two children of my own, Shea who is 8 and will be starting 3rd grade and Natalie who is 6 and will be starting 1st grade! My husband Drew and I just celebrated our 14 year anniversary and have lived here in Vancouver for the past 10 years. We all love being a part of Little Acorn’s family friendly environment! I am originally from Lewiston, Idaho where I grew up with my two sisters and large extended family. Here, is where I found a love for the outdoors, such as camping, snowboarding and paddle boarding. Our family still loves to spend as much time outside as we can! We also love to travel, whether it be to a new camp site or a new country! Other hobbies I enjoy are ballet, running and yoga! I recently obtained my Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification and am looking forward to using it in our classroom, to help create a calm and creative environment where children can grow!
Sarah Yaddof, Assistant Teacher
My name is Sarah Yaddof. I have been apart of the Little Acorn team since 2009. I started off as a substitute at Little Acorn and became an Assistant Teacher in 2013. I love being apart of the Little Acorn team and the atmosphere is incredible.
Here is a little about myself. My boyfriend and I live in the country and we have 2 cats and 11 chickens. In my spare time I love to spend time with my friends and family, traveling, going camping and spending time at the race track! I graduated from Clark College with my AAS. I am taking continuing education classes throughout the school year to stay current with our emergent curriculum.
I'm really looking forward to another incredible year in the Butterfly Class and getting to know you and your child. I truly believe the best development and learning comes from play, being silly, laughing, and a nurturing environment. Thank you for letting me be a part of your child’s educational experience!