About Us

The Little Green Schoolhouse is...


A Place to Learn.

Established in 2007 as The Trendy Teddy Bear Club and created by a mother/daughter team, now The Little Green Schoolhouse, we are set apart from other programs in the area. We believe in play-based, child-led learning. Rather than having a letter of the week, or set curriculum, children are encouraged to explore many different academic areas through hands-on experiences. Children have daily work time to choose "work" they would like to do in the classroom. This work could be a sensory experience with numbers or letters, a practical experience with a puzzle, the act of role play with a friend, or the practice of writing.


Our inspiration comes from many areas. We love the philosophies of gentle or attachment parenting, Maria Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Alfie Kohn, and Piaget. We follow an emergent curriculum and offer a nurturing, home-like environment. 


Lead teacher, Ms. Kellista has three years of experience teaching in the Olathe school district. She is a current, licensed Kansas teacher and holds a Master's of Science in Early Childhood Studies from a NAEYC endorsed University. She has over 80 college credit hours in child development and countless hours of in-service.  She has two children of her own and quality, play-based learning is her passion.


Assistant teacher Ms. Cindy has over 30 years of childcare and teaching experience. She has over 12 credit hours in early childhood education and many in-service hours as well. Teaching children drama and music is her passion.



A Place to Grow.

We believe children thrive in a healthy environment. We are licensed by the state of Kansas and meet all fire safety. All teachers are KBI background checked and meet pediatric CPR/First Aid training requirements. We consume 90% organic food and hormone-free milk. We use natural/organic, non-hazardous cleaners.  



A Place for Everyone.

We believe all children deserve a quality, play-based education. We accept children with various special needs, including physical, medical, and neurological challenges. Children in our school are at a variety of levels academically, socially, cognitively, emotionally, and physically. We meet each one at their level while promoting a sense of belonging and community. 


Why we Play- A Parent Workshop

What makes play so important for the young mind? Is your child really learning through play? Is there a certain type of play you should foster? What are the best toys for learning? These are all questions that plague us as parents. Join us for a workshop to learn just how you can help your own child learn at home through simple play!


This event has already occurred but you can download a copy from the MPE's website. Click here for more info!

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