The Learning Tree Preschool

Posted - Dec. 23, 2004 at 10:24 p.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I would think it would be a traumatic experience for parents to leave their child in a preschool for the very first time. We are so protective and love our children so very much that we just hate to walk away for the first time.

If I had a young one, I'm confident that I would be comfortable if I selected The Learning Tree Preschool in the Bloomington Courtyard in Washington County. I was so impressed when I first walked into the school and experienced the facilities, the tools and equipment, and the loving, caring owners and staff.

Dana Murphy and her mother Mary Stratton are ideally suited for this calling and vocation. First of all, they love children. Secondly, they are very well qualified to work with youngsters. Dana has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and has four children of her own. Mary is the mother of eight, has an associate's degree in early childhood education and owned and operated a preschool/childcare facility for 12 years.

Dana emphasized to me that The Learning Tree is not a childcare center. It is organized and devoted to developing academic and social success in children in a safe, loving and fun environment.

The Learning Tree uses the HighReach Learning Curriculum, which provides high-quality, educational materials that allow teachers time to teach and provide children with many opportunities to learn. Age-specific curriculum programs are designed to teach such things as color and shape recognition, number recognition, motor skills and language development, problem solving, and other subjects. I was fascinated to see the little "caterpillars" who are three years old, sitting at computer screens.

It was obvious Dana loves what she does. "I just love being with children and it's nice that I get to use my vocation and have my own family with me during the day," she said. She's right! The Learning Tree would be a great place to spend your day.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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