(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
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.
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*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
"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,"
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
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*Susan Dewald, left, and Janine Demple show books often used in the Noah's
Ark classroom. / Pitchengine Communities*
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*The front of the school on Crescent Drive. h/t Noah's Ark / Pitchengine