“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
Warm Welcome to a
Truly Inspiring Preschool
Formerly known as Little Lambs Preschool, we have transformed our program and it is now called The Inspired Preschool. We have maintained that imaginative play, caring about one another, and nature exploration are the keystones for what needs to be held highest for our young children.
It is a wonderful first preschool experience for children as it is in the home of Joanie Lamb, giving children the sense of comfort that a home provides.
The Inspired Preschool is now a Waldorf-inspired program.
Our preschool is truly inspiring. We learn, play and share in the heart of the Divine. Children come from all faith backgrounds, and our aim is to create a safe (in all ways), nurturing, fun, light-filled space where we begin our day with gratitude and an intention to be our kindest selves. We stop during the day for moments of mindfulness, to bless our food, and practice caring ways of communication. One of our most important roles as a teacher is to stay attuned to our the children, and so we take seriously our own attunement and the container that we hold.
Our program runs five days a week from 10am – 2pm. Your child can come 3, 4, or 5 days per week. Ages 2-5.
“My daughter has been enjoying Little Lambs preschool so much, especially the abundant time she spends in outdoor play. Joanie is very warm and nurturing with the kids and does a great job keeping us informed of our daughter’s experiences and progress with the group.”
—J.P., mom of 3 1/2 year old girl
“This is my son’s first experience with preschool, he is always so excited to arrive on his days at Little Lambs. We are very pleased with our experience.”
—Ana, mom of 2 year old boy
“We love Little Lambs, and we love Joanie. She’s good vitamins for our daughter, and the world!”
—Billy Jonas, dad of 2 year old girl singer/songwriter (What Kind of Cat Are You; Happy Accidents)
“Joanie naturally connects with our child. She is very welcoming and he loves his time at Little Lambs.”
—Lynn, mom of 3 1/2 year old boy
Director of the Center for Inspired Education, Joanie has devoted her professional life to teaching students, educators and parents how to inspire themselves to reach their fullest potential. Joanie received her Master’s in Special Education (K-12) from Boston College, and her undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education (K-6), and Philosophy from Boston College. She has taught students with learning differences, ADD/ADHD, behavioral challenges, and various types of developmental differences in public and private settings, including the Lab School of Washington, DC, the first school for students with learning differences in the nation.
Besides being an experienced classroom teacher and tutor, Joanie has been a teacher trainer, educational diagnostician, educational therapist, and a special education department chairperson. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory reading approach. Joanie is also trained as a Presence-Based Life Coach which has enabled her to work more deeply with her clients and to include presencing and somatics which have been vital to her own transformation.
Jennifer Brantley has been a passionate educator for over ten years. Jennifer studied education in her undergraduate work, achieved a master’s degree in fine art and a Lifeways of North America certification in early childhood. She fell instantly in love with Waldorf education, it’s compassionate teaching style, and focus on nature, play, art and the developmental stages of human growth. Waldorf inspired education has helped her support and beautifully impact the lives of children and their families.
Jennifer has taught unique art and cooking classes to children, directed and developed one of a kind after school programs for prestigious private schools in New York City and a top Waldorf School in Washington D.C. and most recently she helped pioneer a Waldorf inspired home schooling cooperative in Western N.C.
Jennifer beautifully weaves her extensive knowledge and experience with the arts, and education into every classroom and family community she serves. She strives to engage the whole heart, mind and soul of each learner through beauty and artistry.