Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room is a full time preschool classroom with ages ranging from 3 years to 5 years old.

Curriculum

The Rainbow room strives to create a loving, home-like environment where children can feel free to learn and explore.

The Rainbow teachers plan activities through emergent curriculum - focusing on the children’s interests. Like other classrooms at NBCC, the Rainbows’ activities nurture the mind, body and spirit. The Rainbow room focuses on independence, individuality and taking care of and respecting others. Some of the activity centers include woodworking, blocks, a playdough/flubber table, a writing center, housekeeping/dressup, puzzles/math manipulatives, an art center, a science space and sensory table.

Rainbow Teachers

Jessi Newman

Rainbow Room Assistant Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    April 2017
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    Anything from McDonald's happy meals
What do you love most about working with children?

I enjoy being able to watch the children learn, grow, & develop life skills as well as learning from them myself. It's a pleasure to see different things from a child's point of view. I also enjoy how much joy & laughter they bring to my day.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I'm usually complimented on my energy or smile. I enjoy making the kids laugh.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy going to concerts with friends, on the weekends I often visit friends in Cincinnati or Cleveland. I'm a Cavs fan, so I go to Cavs games every now and then.

Mary Beth Zangardi

Rainbow Room Co-Lead Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    April 2017
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    My dollhouse
What do you love most about working with children?

I love that they are capable of expressing sheer joy and unconditional love. They are frankly honest, but quick to give a sincere compliment. I also love their boundless curiosity and fascination. I learn as much from them as they do from me.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I am told that I make children feel at ease and have a pleasant calming tone of voice. I've also been complimented on the fact that, while I use age appropriate language, I talk to children the same way I talk to adults.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love going to concerts, traveling, reading and crafting.

Miriam Weirman

Rainbow Room Co-Lead Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    April 2011
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    A stuffed elephant that I called Best Elephant
What do you love most about working with children?

I love it when a child is working through something and then a connection is made. Whether it's for a day or weeks or years when something clicks in their head and a connection happens it's so fun to see them get excited and learn in those moments. Even the smallest connections are so rewarding and exciting to experience with them!

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I have been complimented on problem solving with children, figuring out what's going on in a situation, getting down on a child's level and trying to follow through with them.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy going to my bible studies and learning more about God. I also enjoy traveling, skiing and learning about different kinds of music. I also enjoy baking and the outdoors (camping, hiking, etc.)

Non-Nappers

All children learn to use the potty at different rates. Sometimes when children start in the Rainbow room, they have not yet mastered the potty. In such cases, we get together with the parent(s) and come up with a plan that we will work on together to get the child using the potty. Before your child starts in the room they need to be familiar with the potty and in pull-ups. Pull-ups allow children to dress themselves and practice self help skills.

Field Trips

We try to plan field trips as often as possible. This is always an opportunity for parent participation. Accompanying parents really make field trips possible. Below are some guidelines for field trips that we ask you to follow:

  • Vans are parked directly in front of the building on the morning of the field trip with a sign telling you which van your child will ride in.
  • Please secure your child’s labeled car seat in the proper van. We prefer the car seats face the front so that we can get to them easier.
  • For your child’s safety and state law, please remember that children must be in a regular car seat until they are 40 pounds or four years old.

Our Rainbows shine!

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Potty Training

Sometimes when children start in the Rainbow room, they have not yet mastered the potty. In such cases, we make a plan with the parent(s) to get the child using the potty. Read more on potty training below.

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Picassa/Google Photos

Often our Rainbows are doing adorable things as they learn and grow. We love sharing photos of those experiences. Only our families can join our secure Google Photos stream to view the photos.

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Information Packet

Our Rainbow information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.

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