Welcome to the Leap Frog Class! 

Little Acorn is a wonderful place to begin a lifetime of learning. Our Leap Frog class will offer a year for learning, growing, making new friends, and for lots of fun too! Using a theme-based, whole child approach to learning, we teach the basics of literacy and math. This means our students get to experience the ways in which math, science, reading and writing are all connected.

Our days are filled with stories, letters, phonics, numbers, writing and many more activities. We will create art projects, investigate science topics, and make lots of Leap Frog memories.

Our Leap Frog class is perfect for students who are ready for a more structured program, but not yet age appropriate for Kindergarten. We emphasize Kindergarten readiness, while still ensuring we have fun every day!

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.


Kristen Hinshaw, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Kristen Hinshaw. This will be my second year at Little Acorn and my first year as the lead teacher in the Leapfrog class. I fell in love with the communal environment of this school as I watched my own children blossom here. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with such a positive and caring team. Teaching has always been in my life – I was an elementary school teacher before deciding to make the change to preschool. I earned my masters in Curriculum and Instruction and an English Language Learners endorsement from The University of Kansas.

I am a strong believer in play-based education – especially in the early childhood years. Fostering a child’s natural passion for exploration and questioning allows our students to develop a life-long curiosity and a love of education. In the Leapfrog class, your child will prepare for kindergarten with fun and developmentally appropriate experiences. We will weave social and emotional support into the day by practicing mindfulness of our feelings and self-control as we communicate with our friends. We will learn pre-reading and math skills through games, music and exploration. Science and social studies will be woven into read aloud’s, art projects, writing and hands-on experiences throughout the year.

When I am not teaching, I love exploring nature. I am originally from the Pacific Northwest and recently moved back from the Midwest with my husband. It is important to us to be able to raise our two children in a place where they can easily explore beautiful places so close to their home. I also enjoy yoga, jogging, reading and experimenting with new recipes.

I'm so thankful to be at Little Acorn! I can't wait to meet your family!



Caroline Fields, Assistant Teacher

My name is Caroline Fields and I have been working at Little Acorn Preschool since 1997. I continue my education in Early Childhood by regularly taking classes offered through Clark College, Washington Stars Education Credits and Evergreen School Districts Early Learning Partners. Little Acorn is a very special program that provides creative curriculum and an engaging atmosphere. 

Our students learn, grow and thrive here, I am committed to providing a safe, inviting and positive learning environment for your child. It is my hope that this school year be filled with many successful experiences, helping to foster a life-long love of learning. Together we will read stories, solve problems, make friends, do messy art projects, sing, dance, learn about the world around us and have many, many engaging conversations along the way, I look forward to getting to know you and your families!

Here is a little information about me….

I am married and have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl, all former students of Little Acorn. In our spare time we enjoy camping and riding ATV’s at the Oregon Sand Dunes. I was born Buenos Aires, Argentina and speak some Spanish which I enjoying sharing with my students. I also have a dog and 3 cats. I love my job here at Little Acorn, working with young children has always been something I have enjoyed, it’s such a precious, tender and meaningful time in their lives.

Thanks for letting me be part of your child’s experience! 

Leap Frog Class Handbook

Leap Frog Class Newsletter

Once the school year begins,
look here for the class newsletters.