Story by Janmarie Foschini
Little Buddies School, located in Grace Lutheran Church at 25 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake, is celebrating 22 years of providing nursery and preschool education to the children of the Greenwood Lake community. Two friends, Karen Sahler and Toni Ehlers, who are known as “Miss Karen” and “Miss Toni”, began teaching together 22 years ago and anywhere they go in the Village they are recognized and called by those names.
Karen, who had taught preschool, and Toni both volunteered for years within the community as softball coaches and Girl Scout leaders. They made their dream of teaching together a reality in 1997. Both shared the same values and beliefs of providing a fun-loving, educational and structured environment and teaching together made perfect sense.
Karen has lived in Greenwood Lake since 1976, has been married to Bill for 38 years and they have three grown children. Toni has lived in Greenwood Lake since 1990 and has been married to Andy for 33 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Both love being part of the community and have enjoyed raising their families here.
Little Buddies provides both nursery and preschool education. Nursery classes are held two days a week and preschool classes are three days a week, with the option of adding in the enrichment program on two additional days.
The curriculum provides a developmentally appropriate educational environment for children. Students learn their ABC’s, shapes, colors, numbers, reading, and math. Children also learn to enhance their social, motor and communication skills. Circle time, play time, music, and snack are also incorporated into the half-day program.
Learning to share, use their manners and making friends are just some of the valuable lessons children also learn at Little Buddies. Traditions include the Mother’s Day program, the “show and tell” bag, and visits from local police, fire and other professionals during the year.
Throughout the school year, Little Buddies is in communication with the G.L. Superintendent and teachers to discuss the different options and benefits available to the students and to ensure that they will be kindergarten ready.
“We truly believe if children enjoy going to school then they will LOVE to learn. Our favorite thing about Little Buddies is knowing that we’ve made a small difference in the lives of our students,” they said.
For more information, call 477-3711 or visit www.Littlebuddiespreschool.com to set up an appointment.