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Sonshine Kids firmly believes the foundation for all learning is nurtured through a fun hands-on learning environment that develops each child’s sense of self-worth, individual creative expressions, and their unique strengths. Our center-based preschool classrooms are full of opportunities for learning, socialization, and growth. Monthly themes are used to support various early childhood concepts that build the child’s literacy, pre-math, music, art, and social skills. To support our monthly themes, we use a variety of curriculums including ‘Handwriting without Tears’, ‘Star Fall’, ‘Wee Learn’, and ‘Pinnacle’. In addition, we offer music, P.E., computer lab, and sensory lab. At Sonshine Kids, Christian learning is infused throughout the day and through the weekly interactive Chapel time for the entire school.

Sonshine Kids staff have a passion and calling to teaching in the early childhood setting and bring a unique blend of personal and professional experience to our program. All teachers are required to complete a minimum of 26 continuing education training hours each year and are also trained in First Aid and CPR

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Testimonials

“Sonshine kids is hands down, without a doubt, the best place for my kids’ first ever school experience! The teachers and staff are what make it so amazing and you can see their love and adoration for the kids shine everyday. In fact; I loved it so much, I made sure to get my second child enrolled as soon as he hit 18 months and within only a handful of weeks, he’s already growing his language and cognitive skills more than I could have imagined! So very thankful for FMUMC and Sonshine Kids.”  - Lisa W.

"Upon relocating to Texas last year, we were extremely nervous we wouldn’t find what we left in Georgia. Little did we know, we would find something even more amazing. The love, compassion and support we continue to receive from everyone at Sonshine Kids has been an answer to prayer and is like nothing we have ever seen. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!" - Katherine B.

"We moved to Flower Mound from out of state and didn’t know a soul or have any idea which preschool to send our kids to. Sonshine kids at FMUMC was recommended and we took a chance. To say we’ve been pleased is an understatement - and let me just say I have considerably high expectations. Their staff is genuine, caring, organized and devoted. We are greeted with a smile each morning and I always know our kids are safe, well cared for and in a wonderfully positive atmosphere where they cater to the needs of each individual child and help all kids fit in.  My kids love school and are learning at lightning speed while surrounded by teachers that make new subjects exciting. Our kids are learning, making friends, are happy and finally feel at home in our new community and we have FMUMC and their incredible staff to thank for that. " - Emily H.

ABOUT US

OUR MISSION & GOALS

Mission Statement

As a mission of Flower Mound United Methodist Church, we strive to serve and equip students and their families to grow spiritually, socially, physically, emotionally, and academically as unique children of God, in a secure, nurturing, Christian and professional environment. 

Goal

As a ministry of Flower Mound United Methodist Church that began in 1999; the goal of Sonshine Kids is to provide a quality preschool education in a Christian environment where we teach the Christian Faith in accordance with the United Methodist doctrine. This encourages preschool success through an atmosphere that affirms each student as a capable, significant, and loved child of God. Individual growth in the learning process, responsibility, and respectfulness is encouraged. Our school rejoices in recognizing each child’s uniqueness and individual differences.

Our philosophy is simple; to provide developmentally appropriate activities, prepare children to exceed in their future education endeavors, give children the skills needed to self-regulate when the world does not go their way, and build a strong Christian foundation. All while allowing the child to be a child and to learn through play.

OUR STAFF

DIRECTOR: Barbara Gant

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: Kari Ricketts & Karin Coons

TODDLER TEACHERS:

  • T, TH 9-1:
    • Kari Ricketts (Lead and Assistant Director)
    • Beth Lane (Assistant)

TWO YEAR OLD TEACHERS:

  • T, W, TH 9-1:
    • Holly Domagala (Lead)
    • Stacey Gregory (Assistant)
  • T,W.TH 9-2:
    • Linda Sullivan (Lead)
    • Diane Brosius (Assistant)

THREE YEAR OLD TEACHERS:

  • T, W, TH 9-1:
    • Lindsey Elston (Lead)
    • Lisa Florko (Assistant)
  • T,W.TH 9-2:
    • Janet Roggenkamp (Lead)
    • Anna Henriksson (Assistant)

PRE-K TEACHERS:

  • T,W,TH 9-1
    • Athena Russo (Lead)
    • Kylea Webb (Assistant)
  • T,W,TH 9-2
    • Staci Fisher (Lead)
  • T,W,TH,F 9-2
    • Karin Coons (Lead and Assistant Director)
    • Irma Monserrat (Assistant)
  • M-F 9-2
    • Jennifer Lowry (Lead)

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER:

  • M-F 9-2
    • Brigette Webb (Lead)

MUSIC & P.E. TEACHER:

  • Matt Blake (Lead)
OUR BOARD

Name

Position

Email

Kerry Mays

Board Chair

Sherri Lebredo

Secretary

Mark Moshier

Treasurer

Lisa Wiggins

Parent – non church member

Megan Hanberg

Parent – church member

Athena Russo

Teacher Representative

Davidson Sutherland

Children’s Minister

Alexandra Roberson

Senior Pastor

Kari Ricketts

Teacher/Asst. Director

Karin Coons

Teacher/Asst. Director

Barbara Gant

Sonshine Kids Director

LICENSING

Just the Right Fit

Our classes are designed to foster your child's growth and development.  

18 MONTHS

The Toddler program allows your child to explore their world with hands-on activities and through learning centers while the teachers focus on developing their social and emotional skills as well as their language and literacy skills.  Our goal is to create an environment that helps students transition to a school setting where they know they are Holy loved and loved wholly. The teachers provide a loving, Christian environment allowing each student to begin building an understanding of the world around them and development age-appropriate skills. Assessments will be performed three times throughout the year to determine any adjustments needed in the lessons to meet the individual learning level of each student.

Two Day Class Option: Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am – 1:00pm

  • Includes Daily:
    • Outdoor Activities
  • Includes Weekly:
    • Music Class
    • P.E. Class
    • Sensory Time
    • Chapel
TWO YEAR OLDS

Students in our Two-Year-Old program follow an age-appropriate curriculum that helps them develop their self-help skills, motor skills, social skills, and emotional skills as well as their cognitive development.  The teachers use large and small group instruction along with learning center exploration to help develop their skills. Every student is provided hands-on learning opportunities to explore their world while still being directed by the teacher. The classroom environment will lift each child up to be Holy loved and loved Wholly. Assessments will be performed three times throughout the year to determine any adjustments needed in the lessons to meet the individual learning level of each student.

Three Day Class Options: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 1pm Or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 2pm

  • Includes Daily:
    • Outdoor Activities
  • Includes Weekly:
    • Music Class
    • P.E. Class
    • Sensory Time
    • Chapel
THREE YEAR OLDS

Students in our Three-Year-Old classes will begin to develop the foundation of the academics needed for Pre-K and Kindergarten. The teachers will be working on social and emotional skills by providing a classroom environment where the student knows that they are Holy loved and loved Wholly. Students will be given age-appropriate and hands-on activities as they learn the concepts of letters, letter sounds numbers, shapes, and colors. The teachers use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to develop proper handwriting skills. The teachers will conduct three assessments throughout the year to determine the individual learning level of each child to assist them in creating lesson plans to meet the individual student needs.

Class Option - Three Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 1pm Or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 2pm

  • Includes Daily:
    • Outdoor Activities
  • Includes Weekly:
    • Music Class
    • P.E. Class
    • Sensory Time
    • Computer
    • Chapel
FOUR YEAR OLDS

Students in our 4-year-old program will continue building on the academics taught in our 3-year-old program to prepare them for kindergarten. Our experienced staff will provide a learning environment that balances the use of hands-on learning with formal teaching that meets each child’s individual learning level. The students will continue to develop their cognitive thinking skills, literacy and math skills, social and emotional skills, as well as grow in their self-awareness and independence that is needed for Kindergarten.  While preparing the students for Kindergarten the teachers provide an environment where each child knows that they are Holy loved and loved wholly. Assessments will be performed three times throughout the year to determine any adjustments needed in the lessons to meet the individual learning level of each student.

Class Options – Three Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 1pm OR Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 2pm

  • Includes Daily:
    • Outdoor Activities
  • Includes Weekly:
    • Music Class
    • P.E. Class
    • Sensory Time
    • Computer
    • Chapel
PRE-K

Our Pre-K classes prepare your child for kindergarten in a loving environment where your child will know they are Holy loved and loved wholly. Our experienced teachers prepare lessons that are flexible to meet the needs of students in large groups, small groups, and one-to-one teaching. The teachers will continue building on each student’s cognitive and social skills, literacy and math skills, and their social and emotional skills which are essential to be successful in kindergarten. Our teachers use the Texas TEA kindergarten TEKS and frequently assess your child’s development to ensure they start kindergarten with confidence.

Class Options – Four or Five Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am – 2pm OR Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am – 2pm

  • Includes Daily:
    • Outdoor Activities
  • Includes Weekly:
    • Music Class
    • P.E. Class
    • Sensory Time
    • Computer
    • Chapel
KINDERGARTEN

Our Kindergarten program offers a place where each child is Holy loved and loved wholly with a low student/teacher ratio of 12:1. We utilize Starfall Reading and Language Arts curriculum that is motivational and engaging while integrating Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension and Writing. This class incorporates journal writing and guided reading with hands-on math and science. The class balances the use of both hands-on and formal teaching styles to meet each child’s unique learning level through Individual and small group instruction.

Sonshine Kids Kindergarten Benefits:

  • Small student to teacher ratio (12:1)
  • Meets and exceeds the TEKs as set forth by the State of Texas
  • Monthly assessments of student’s progress and parent conferences
  • Family home projects
  • Language development through phonics and whole language activities
  • Classical Musicians and Famous Artists study
  • Hands-on activities to develop math concepts
  • Open and collaborative communication between teachers, administrators and parents.

Class Option – Five Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am – 2pm

  • Includes Daily:
    • Outdoor Activities
  • Includes Weekly:
    • Music Class
    • P.E. Class
    • Sensory Time
    • Computer
    • Chapel

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