In the Rainbow Room we really strive to make the classroom engaging for the children by having a variety of activities available for them and exploring different art mediums throughout the year.  We sing lots of songs, play fun games and make new friends! Socialization is our main goal for our Rainbow Room students.  We encourage the children to play, be creative, get their hands messy and have fun.  For many children, this is their first experience being in a group setting.  We create an engaging and caring environment for our students, that fosters learning and self-expression. We also focus on teaching self-help skills, letting each child become independent with snack time, potty training, and free choice.   Cultivating independence allows our students to make their own choices as well as learn cause and effect from those choices. We really care for our students and make their first year a fun, safe and positive 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.

Rainbow Class Handbook


 

Sally Repman, Lead Teacher

Hi everyone!  I'm Sally Repman, and I am so excited to begin this school year with you :D.  This is my third year teaching at Little Acorn, and my first year as the lead teacher in the Rainbow Room.   I am the proud parent of two girls, Lila and Helene.  They both graduated from LAPSK and are now attending Hough Elementary. 

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 havereally been enjoyingworking again! For fun, our family does LOTS of camping and boating, pretty much half the year! We also enjoy wake boarding, hiking, bike riding, soccer, swimming, and my new favorite this year, 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 my 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!

 

Mikayla Rhodes, Assistant Teacher

My name is Mikayla Rhodes and I am the assistant teacher in the Rainbow Room.

This will be my fourth year at Little Acorn Preschool. When I first started, I was the assistant teacher in the Dragonfly Class. I learned so much my first two years and enjoyed the age group a lot! Last year the opportunity arose to work in a new classroom and I took it so I could have more experience. So this will be my second year working in the Rainbow Room and I plan to stay with this age group. I have worked in the early childhood field for almost eight years now and I love it. I have taken many classes at Clark College to pursue my degree in Early Childhood Education and hope to finish in the next few years. I believe working with children is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do and though it may not be for everyone, it definitely is for me. It is easy to love your job when you have a school like Little Acorn because you become a part of the family.
Here are a few things I want you to know about me!  I am married to my wonderful husband Dakota whom I met here in Vancouver. We just celebrated our first anniversary a few weeks ago! We don't have any children yet, just a puppy but hope to have a family in the near future! In our spare time, we love to go camping, fishing or spend time with our families.
I am so excited for this year and to meet all of the new little ones in the Rainbow Room. We are going to have a great year!