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Studies show that children who play and listen, engage and reflect, alternate active movement with songs, poems, stories, verses, and develop strong pre-literacy skills through the imagination, those children simply excel as adult life-long learners!

Consider the education you offer to your children at ages 3, 4 and 5.  Will it nurture their imagination, will it positively affect them throughout life? Shining Star’s Early Childhood program strives to meet a child’s need for social interaction, play, and learning to make and be a friend. Our program fills their hearts and minds with stories that are positive, influential and character-building. Is it a dreamy day of play and fun, healthy snacks and outdoor time. 

In the Early Childhood Programs we serve daily organic snacks, bake, make soup and enjoy festivals and seasonal crafts.

Please join us!

We offer four choices for early childhood education at our school:

  • Linden Tree Kindergarten — Ages 3.5 – 6 years , Monday-Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm, aftercare available from 1 to 3 pm

  • Osoberry Forest Kindergarten - Ages 4- 6 year, Tuesday - Thursday from 9am - 1pm, at Columbia Children’s Arboretum

  • Wild Nest Outdoor Program – 0 to 5 years with parent, meeting once a week for 2 hours, year round, divided into terms Fridays 10 am to 12 noon

Linden Tree Kindergarten

Our mixed-age Kindergarten offer sweet nature play, organic snacks, seasonal stories and poems, singing, crafts, and community for young families. Smaller class sizes allow us to spend lots of quality time with each child. After care is also available from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Osoberry Forest Kindergarten

Osoberry Forest Kindergarten is an exciting new program offered under the umbrella of the school. Taught by our school staff Elisabeth Neely and Kerri Meelia, Osoberry is an outdoor Spanish-bilingual kindergarten for children ages 4-6. Nature immersion is combined with a gentle Waldorf daily rhythm, activities and play under the trees of the beautiful Columbia Children’s Arboretum in nearby NE.  3 days - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 pm September through June. Contact office@shiningstarschool.com for more information.

wild Nest

We have a fantastic outdoor program, Wild Nest, led by naturalist/Waldorf teacher Elisabeth Neeley. The program is offered Friday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon for children five years and younger, with their parents, to spend time outdoors, year round. Please contact office@shiningstarschool.com for more information and to obtain an application.