What a month April has been! All of our children and educators were busy learning all about Dinosaurs! Our Program Directors had a tough time deciding on Teacher of the Month nominees, but in the end we had a wonderful group of women nominated for the award this month! The following educators were nominated by their Directors: Jordan Kendrick, Leawood Christine West, Springfield III  Payton Hartman, Springfield II Glenna Foster,

Dinosaur Discovery: Dinosaur Eggs Materials:   1 1/4 cups dirt   1 1/4 cups flour   3/4 cups of salt   1/2 cup of sand   Small plastic dinosaurs   Mix dry ingredients and start adding water slowly until it holds firm. Form mixture in an egg shape around each plastic dinosaur and allow them to dry in the sun. Once hardened, break the eggs open with your child to

Dinosaur Discovery: Reading List Dino-basketball (Picture Book) | Author: Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott   Dinosaur Bedtime: Shapes | Author: Luis C. Lewis Dinosaur Bones | Author: Bob Barner Dinosaur Pet | Authors: Neil Sedaka and Marc Sedaka Dinosaurs Love Underpants | Authors: Claire Freedman and Ben Cort Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs | Author: Byron Barton Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs | Authors: Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? (and all the How Do

What a month March was at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! We got to learn all about Rainforests & Deserts, doing tons of creative and exciting activities! Our educators were busy learning and teaching with all of our students across the country! We had many genuine and caring educators nominated for our Company-Wide Teacher of the Month award. The following men and women were nominated by their Program Director: Sara Reese, Scottsdale

Founder and CEO, Rochette Dahler, was recently named as a 40 under 40 recipient by the Springfield Business Journal in the founding city of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, Springfield, Missouri. Each year the Springfield Business Journal receives hundreds of nominations for this prestigious award. It recognizes innovative business and community leaders in the Ozarks that have gone above and beyond to create a successful business and strong relationships in their communities.

We are very excited to introduce you to Ms. Kelley Leggett, our March 2015 Manager Spotlight recipient! Kelley is the Program Director of our Springfield II, MO Little Sunshine’s Playhouse program. Kelley’s love for the education field began at a young age when she would play school with her younger brother and sister. She knew then that she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up! While attending SMSU,

Rainforests & Deserts: At-Home Activity Have a Rainforest scavenger hunt by hiding various toy animals or animal pictures around the house, then give your children a scavenger hunt clues sheet to help them know what animals to look for: “I like to be crazy and can be quite a tease, bananas are my favorite as I swing through the trees. I’m a __________________.” “I scare lots of people when I

Rainforests & Desert: Reading List Cactus Hotel | Author: Brenda Z. Guiberson Creatures of the Desert World | Author: National Geographic Society Fernando’s Gift | Author: Douglas Keister In the Deep Red Desert | Authors: Angie Lionetto-Civa and Christina Booth Looking Closely in the Rainforest | Author: Frank Serafini One Hundred One Questions About Desert Life | Author: Alice Jablonsky Over the Jungle | Authors: Marianne Berkes and Jeanette Canyon “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth |

We had a great group of educators nominated for Teacher of the Month for February! Every month it seems like they all keep setting the bar higher and higher! We are definitely lucky to have them working here at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! Our February nominations are: Bailee Harris, Scottsdale Adela Betancourt, Leawood Riannon Shelley, Springfield III Sarah Mittelstadt, Springfield II Ashley Wright, Rogers Pationce Wright, Ozark Tiffany Gunderson, Colorado Springs

Safety: Reading List A Day at the Police Station | Author: Richard Scarry Be Safe, Blue! | Author: Phoebe Beinstein Berenstein Bears: Learn About Strangers | Author: Stan and Jan Berenstein Dinosaurs Beware! A Safety Guide | Author: Stephen Krensky Firefighters Speeding! Spraying! Saving! |Author: Patricia and Garofoli Hubbel I Can Be Safe | Author: Pat Thomas Red, Yellow, Green: What Do Signs Mean? | Author: Joan Holub Signs at