In the Firefly Room we strive to create a fun and nurturing environment. We work hard to help each child develop a lifelong love of learning. Play is the most important element in all that we do, it is crucial in helping children grow, learn, and explore. We also introduce basic academics such as colors, numbers, and shapes in a variety of fun and engaging ways. The other key piece in our classroom is helping children to develop social skills. Being in a classroom setting with so many other children can lead to social situations that they may not be used to at home, so we do our part in providing them with the tools needed to feel successful. These tools can be everything from turn taking, talking through a conflict, or simply learning to wait patiently. Our classroom also gives children the opportunity to begin to see themselves as capable individuals by offering safe choices and teaching beginning self-help skills.

We look forward to getting to know your families and providing all Firefly students with a fun and positive first year of preschool experience!

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.


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Kirby Bain, Lead Teacher

Hi! I’m Kirby and I am so excited to start this year at Little Acorn with your family!

This is my second year at LAPS, and I have years of other teaching experience behind me as well. I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Sociology and many credits of Early Childhood Education. I spent my high school and college years working in various nanny positions and childcare centers, and after graduation I worked for Vancouver School District as a paraeducator.

After some time with the school district I took a break from my professional life to start a family. My husband and I  have 3 beautiful children together. Nolan and Aurora, both Little Acorn graduates, who are now attending Lincoln Elementary, and Bennett who is in Busy Bee class this year.

As a parent having my kids at Little Acorn has been a wonderful experience but it’s been even more rewarding being on the flip side as a teacher here.

I look forward to getting to know your child and your families. Please don’t hesitate to email me at kirbyjozbain@gmail.com with any questions or concerns you may have or feel free to stop by after class! 

  

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Aimee Martin, Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Aimee and I am so excited to spend my first year at Little Acorn assistant teaching in the Firefly class! I have had the chance to experience the joy of Little Acorn Summer Camps for a few years, while finishing my degree. I have loved being a part of the team of awesome teachers and of course seeing your children learn and grow.

It brings me so much happiness to see a child learning to play and express themselves alongside one another. LAPS creates such a wonderful community for kids to blossom and they light up as soon as they come in to the class room. I have worked with children of all ages being a babysitter/nanny for years as well as camp counseling. Children’s ability to see the beauty and wonder in the universe is so cool and special to me, and I think that LAPS does a wonderful job of fostering and nurturing that incredible gift.

Personally, I just finished my BFA in Acting in Chicago and I have a love for art and creativity. I am extremely passionate about teaching art and always allowing kids to use their creativity to solve problems and understand their emotions. If imagination is like a muscle, then kids are pretty much mini body builders! I also love nature and the beauty of the PNW, which was the thing I missed most when I lived in Chicago.

Thanks so much for allowing me to laugh, play and hang out with your awesome kids this year