Noah's Ark Christian School, a place where children learn through experiences

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Those early childhood years are so very important. The come as quickly as they go, and parents who choose a preschool hope to send their children to a place where they will flourish. Noah's Ark Christian School opened in 1985 by Sheridan resident Barb Anderson, who had one three-year-old and one four-year-old classroom. From the late 1980s to 2012, "Miss Kay" Kathleen Sisson taught preschool at Noah's Ark, and in 2012 Janine Demple took over. The school was designed to be non-denominational Christian, and remains such today. They lease space from the Trinity Lutheran Church at 135 Crescent Drive. Today, there are two sessions for four- to five-year-olds at the school, and one afternoon session. The school is taking enrollment for the fall season, and will host an open house May 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Noah's Ark Board of Directors is also looking for new members, board member Susan Dewald said. The school concept, so to speak, is one of finding the strengths and interests of each child. Children learn through experiences, and at Noah's Ark, students are taught rather than punished. [image: Inline image 2] *Feature photo: Earth Day fun at Noah's Ark. Above: Week of the Young Child April 10-16, "Finding Fossils" lesson. h/t Noah's Ark / Pitchengine Communities* "The concept of the school is to find the strengths of the children—to find their interests," Demple said. "We try to make those things shine, and give them those experiences that can expand their interests to help them find their own way." Classroom teachers focus on problem solving, social skills and the needs of individual children. The curriculum is designed on a Bible verse a week, and focuses on the Biblically-based concepts of community involvement and caring for others. The school also uses the Pyramid Model in its classrooms. "We teach God's love for them, and how He designed each one of them," Janine says. Dewald said that when she was making the decision about where to send her children, she felt inspired by Miss Janine. So much so that she enrolled her children, and became a board member. "Miss Janine is fantastic," she said. "Very calm, great with the children. We are comfortable here." Janine said she loves to see her former students out and about in the community, and after decades in her early childhood education, she has watched many people grow into adulthood. That, she said, is one of her greatest rewards. [image: Inline image 4] *Susan Dewald, left, and Janine Demple show books often used in the Noah's Ark classroom. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 1] *The front of the school on Crescent Drive. h/t Noah's Ark / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news