Welcome to the Post Sunshine Ranch – a discovery learning center for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. Post Sunshine Ranch was originally founded by June and Bill Post in 1981. The traditions continue under the ownership of Lynea and Joe Wehinger since 2003.
The Ranch is surrounded by nearly 10 acres of beautiful natural farmland. The Ranch was designed with a farm country atmosphere. The school itself resembles a country log cabin and we try to foster both creativity and a love of the outdoors. The children are able to play in nearly 2 acres of fenced playground space. They are taken on nature walks and scavenger hunts in some of the additional surrounding lands. Even the youngest get an opportunity to explore the grounds in their covered wagon. The children are given opportunities to interact with the farm animals and learn how to care for these animals. When the ranch gets new animals, the children have naming contests and learn about the ways to care for these new animals as well.
Education is very exciting at the Ranch. Classrooms are individualized to meet the needs of children of all ages. Children are taught not only the basic skills like letters, numbers, colors and shapes but also the valuable life lessons like manners, social skills, toilet training, and sharing. In our country kitchen, children learn to make homemade butter, easy to follow take home recipes and many more fun craft related food recipes. A garden plot planted with seasonal crops teaches the responsibilities involved in gardening and the wonders of watching things grow.
The children have many opportunities to share what they are learning with their parents and caregivers. Each year the children host a Christmas program and a graduation ceremony. In addition there is an annual open house, a Halloween trick or treating day, a Thanksgiving feast and various off site field trip opportunities.
The children at Post Sunshine Ranch grow to become self confident, enthusiastic learners. The Ranch is a place for fun, fascination and friendships.
Our goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. We believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self-esteem is also a major goal. Children are taught to respect each other, adults and property.