LIGHTHOUSE LEARNING CENTER – Omaha, Nebraska 68124
7:30am to 5:30pm
Hi, my name is Michelle Rasmussen and I am originally from Omaha. I have lived in the Omaha area all of my life except for the nine months I was a foreign exchange student in Spain. In 2009 our first child was born and that was when my husband and I decided to open Lighthouse Learning Center. I love being able to be home with my kids while doing what I love, working with young children. I am so thankful to be able to have the best of both worlds, working in a field that I love and spending my day at home with my kids. (and a husband who supports me!)
Research shows that children learn more before the age of 5 then they will the rest of their life. I believe that a child’s first five years of life are the most important years. I will provide a loving and safe environment for your child to explore, learn, grow and have lots of fun. I believe that it is important for a teacher or caretaker to focus her day on all areas of development of a child. In my care I will work with your child in the four areas of development, Social, Physical, Cognitive and Language Development.
I have earned my Associate degree from Metropolitan Community College in Early Childhood Education. After completing my Associate degree I continued my education at Peru State College earning a BA degree in Early Childhood Education along with Elementary Education. I have also been CPR and First Aid Certified for 10 years. While obtaining my education I have worked in different childcare centers in a variety of settings. I have worked as an Assistant Director, Curriculum Coordinator and as a classroom teacher. After completing my education I worked at Educare of Omaha in an Early Head Start and Head Start classroom.
Besides all of my experience working in a child care setting I have also worked with children in other ways. I spent many years teaching piano lessons, teaching Sunday School, teaching Vacation Bible School and working with children in Mexico on Mission Trips.
Early Learning Program
I use the Creative Curriculum by Diane Trister Dodge. This curriculum focuses on the four areas of development, Social, Physical, Cognitive and Language Development. Creative Curriculum is based on years of research and is the most widely used curriculum in Head Start Programs and Public Schools across the nation. It focuses on children learning through play, what children love to do. The learning environment is full of opportunities for children to explore, investigate and learn new skills. There are many different centers in our classroom. We have a dress up center, block center, reading center, science center, sensory center, art center, writing center, music center and computer center. During the day there are opportunities for children to learn in large groups such as circle time, music time, along with small groups where I will be teaching math, science and language skills. I also will make sure to involve you as parents in what your child is learning here. There are times during the year where I will invite parents to participate in an activity or send an activity home with your child to do with you.
Take a look at http://www.teachingstrategies.com/ for more information about the Creative Curriculum.
Please contact me to set up a time to talk about all of our policies along with looking over our parent handbook.
Thank you so much for taking the time to find out a little bit more about Lighthouse Learning Center. You can also find more information and pictures on our blog at www.lighthouselearningcenterpreschool.blogspot.com or by searching for Lighthouse Learning Center on Facebook. I hope that you will find that Lighthouse Learning Center is a perfect place for your child to learn and grow. Hope to hear from you soon! ~Thanks