Age Group: Pre-Kindergarten  Class Name: Sunshiners

( 4 years or older by August 31 ) 

Children must be potty trained for this class

In the Sunshiner classroom, we help to prepare children for kindergarten by supporting their development both academically and socially while having a lot of fun.

We provide a wide variety of materials at various levels of difficulty so children can balance both, a sense of mastery at tasks they can complete easily and challenge themselves with new more complex tasks. We believe that children need to feel safe and secure to learn and flourish in a rich environment full of opportunities to grow and develop their skills for life. Consequently, social skills and independence are an important part of our curriculum. We balance teacher-directed and child-initiated activities to help children learn to follow directions, as well as guide their own learning. We assess children’s skills upon their arrival in our classroom and provide appropriate materials and experiences to lead them to the next level of learning.

Schedule Options:

  • Preschool Only, 9:00-11:30AM for two, three or five days a week.
  • Preschool Plus, 9:00AM-2:00PM for two, three or five days a week.
  • Preschool Full Day, 5-10 hours, 7:00AM-5:30PM for two, three, four or five days a week.
  • You choose the days you want to enroll from the days open.
  • Group size of 20, ratio 1:10
  • Review our Enrollment page to see openings and the Registration for your next steps to secure a spot!


Katy Conley (Lead Teacher) Since 2009
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

J0 (Jyothi)  Gopala (Lead Assistant Teacher) since Aug 2022, Lead Assistant April 2024                          9:00 am to 5:00 PM

Judy Shulman (Special Aide)  Since Sept 2023                     

8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Here are samples of Weekly Lesson Plans.  For current families teachers email parents weekly plans.


Our teachers are intentional in planning and assessing our students’ learning and development.  We use the Washington State Early Learning and Developmental Guidelines as our Assessment tool on the Procare App.

Please view the guidelines:

WA Early Learning and Developmental Guidelines 2012

When children move onto kindergarten, they need the self-confidence and ability to communicate with other children to work in groups and learn efficiently. We assist children with communication tools to help them resolve their own conflicts in social problem-solving situations. The goal being the ability to work independently at a task, as well as becoming a functional team member in a group project. Friendships are a critical part of a preschooler’s day. We help children develop more sophisticated ways of communicating with each other to build relationships that will carry over into their social interactions in kindergarten where they rely more on their peers for positive feedback and personal validation.

Academic skills are supported at all levels by continual observation and assessment followed by developmentally appropriate experiences that allow children to increase their current skills and master new ones. The materials available to children each day support early reading and math skills, fine and gross motor skills, sensory and art skills, as well as science and imaginative play. Children learn in many ways, so concepts are presented in a variety of ways to reach all learning styles. We develop learning themes by observing what children are interested in and incorporate those topics into our curriculum. By observing the world around, us, we try to make the learning experiences of the day relevant by incorporating weather, seasons, or other current events into our discussions.

At the Shyne School our goal is to provide children with warm and caring relationships with teachers and friends. We encourage active parent participation. When parents feel comfortable with their school and teacher, they can communicate an attitude of trust to their children. There is an amazing amount of growth for children during their preschool years and we help them maximize their learning through games, songs, stories, play and hands-on activities. Parents can stop by and join the fun!

Our school parent handbook is on the Registration Page with full behavior management, curriculum, philosophy and what to bring.  In addition, we recommend a wet bag that we can send soiled clothing home in.

About The Shyne School
Message Board
Coming Events
Annual School Calendar: Calendar 2023 to 2024

May 2024 (22/22)

27 CLOSED Memorial Day

June 2024 (15/19)

14 Spring ProCare Assessments #2 sent to parents

19 Juneteenth

20 Sunshiner Graduation 4:00 to 5:00 PM and End of the year picnic …

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Important Information
A big thank you to Earthscapes LLC, Landscaping and Design for deicing and plowing!

Center Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM   

We are happy to engage  Earthscapes LLC Landscaping to do snow removal.  Local landscaper and …

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Tour Our School

At The Shyne School we offer Childcare from one to 6 years of age, with four classrooms and four outside play yards. We offer tours and enroll year-round if we have an opening in a class.  We do open tours …

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