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Orem Mom Creates Learning Village for Kids

Orem Mom Creates Learning Village for Kids



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Kim Johnson reporting A lot of us have dreams and ideas. But very few of us turn those dreams into reality.

But because an Orem mom has, kids in the area are enjoying unique learning opportunities.

It's called the Kids Village.

On the outside it looks pretty much like any other business in the strip mall. But open the door, enter in, and it's a whole new world on the inside.

With the charm of a European village, and the learning opportunities of a college campus, the Kids Village is a unique pre-school, kindergarten, and after school workshop.

It was all conceived in Ann Whittaker's imagination.

Ann Whittaker/ President & Founder, Kids Village: "I would wake up and the ideas would flow. I have sticky notes. You should see the stacks of sticky notes still in the nightstand by my bed."

Ann says a trip to Europe inspired the village idea, and a desire to provide children practical learning inspired the workshops.

It's a storybook, back to basics sort of place where in addition to the abcs, tots and teens learn life skills, like sewing or baking cookies.

They can also work on computers, or learn basic engineering skills in the gismos and gadgets shop, or study art.

Ann Whittaker: "We have art, ceramic classes, stained glass classes, anything to do with art is in our art room."

Ann opened for business seven months ago. Parental response has been overwhelming.

Jana Kehl/ Parent: "My son loves to come to school. He talks all the time about his teacher. He's into computers, he's into cooking. He loves to sing and dance. All of these things they incorporate into this school is amazing."

A huge tree is the heart of this village.

Ann Whittaker: "It represents life, knowledge, and growth, and that great things come from tiny little seeds."

And Ann hopes that from this pint-sized village in Orem, will grow a crop of kids who love learning.

She's mum on plans for expansion, but don't be surprised if a Kids Village sprouts in your neighborhood in the future.

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