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.
Sally Repman, Lead Teacher
Hi everyone! I'm Sally Repman, and I am so excited to begin this school year with you :D. I have been teaching at Little Acorn since 2014, and absolutely love it! I am the proud parent of two girls, Lila and Helene. They both graduated from LAPSK and are now attending Hough Elementary and Discovery Middle School. Before starting my own family I worked with kids in a variety of settings. I have worked for school districts in Oregon, Alaska, and here in Washington. I have been an assistant teacher in a variety of classroom settings in special education as well as a substitute teacher in the general population. I have also worked privately in families homes working with children with autism, and have provided respite care and worked at camps for children with disabilities. I have my Associates of Arts and an Instructional Assistant/ Special Education Certificate from PCC. I stopped working to take care of my girls and have really been enjoying working again! For fun, our family does LOTS of camping and boating, pretty much half the year! We also enjoy wakeboarding, hiking, bike riding, swimming, and my new favorite, stand up paddle boarding :D.
In the Rainbow Room, we provide a nurturing setting where kids can learn to feel comfortable leaving their caregivers for a short time and start to see themselves as an individual. This might be a little difficult at first, so we will help your child feel comforted until they can do this for themselves. Our main focus at school will be on learning social skills. For most kiddos, this is their first experience dealing with many children at once, and it is so critical we give them the tools to help them make these interactions a success. These tools can be language, turn taking, waiting patiently, sharing, problem solving, and working as a community or team to accomplish tasks. We also will introduce the beginnings of academics. This will include basic shapes, colors and numbers. We will explore many topics throughout the year and learn basic concepts within each topic. We are looking forward to getting to know everyone and know we are going to have a great year!
Kristen Hinshaw, Assistant Teacher
This will be my first year at Little Acorn and I'm thrilled to be joining the team! I fell in love with the communal environment of the school as I watched my son, Nathan, blossom last year. I got to know a few of the teachers through substitute teaching and always noticed how developmentally appropriate and positive the classes were. It further confirmed my love for the school. My daughter, Norah, will be joining the Little Acorn family this fall.
I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last couple of years but I was an elementary school teacher before that, in Kansas. I have my masters in Curriculum and Instruction and an English Language Learners endorsement. I am very passionate about reading and language and love helping children discover the magic that happens when they find stories they love. I have missed teaching and am so excited to have the opportunity to help your child grow this year. It is so amazing to see a child's face light up as they learn and play. I hope to foster that passion and help our students develop a life-long curiosity.
When I am not teaching, I love exploring nature. My husband and I moved here from the Midwest to fulfill our love of camping and hiking. I am in awe of the number of beautiful places to explore so close to our new home. I also enjoy yoga, light jogging, reading, and experimenting with new recipes.
I'm so thankful to be starting my teaching career again and feel very lucky it gets to be at Little Acorn! I can't wait to meet your family!