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The Sunshine Station

160 East Glenwood
Jackson, WY 83001

(307) 690-7067

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

1. Enhance the child's self-esteem, self-awareness, and self confidence. 2. Provide opportunities for the children to interact, guided by models of socially acceptable behavior. 3. Increase attention span and follow simple directions. 4. Foster creativity and self-expression through art, music, and dramatic play. 5. Stimulate and encourage curiosity and provide opportunities for problem solving. 6. Encourage children to take care of their own needs with support from the adults in their environment. 7. Develop a love for learning. 8. Kindergarten Readiness

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Scales, calendar, pegboards
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Making volcanoe's etc...
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Yoga, Karate

From the Director:

SSPS uses storybooks as a framework to build on themes for stimulating learning and curiosity about the world.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Sunshine Station's teachers encourage each child's love of learning through individual attention, a nurturing child centered atmosphere, and focus on developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Preschool should be a fun loving environment where teachers, children and families establish close bonds and children develop a love for learning.

A Typical Day

Sample of Daily Schedule
8:30 Arrival
9:30 Snack
10:30 Circle & Storybook
11:00 Small Groups
11:30 Outdoor Play
12:00 Song time
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Quiet Time
3:00 Optional Snack
3:15 Wake up
3:30 Small Groups
3:45 Art
4:15 Open Play
5:15 Pick-up Children

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year