The Learning Tree
A Preschool Alternative
As a child, owner, Aria Matthews, attended a small music/arts based preschool where all new curriculum was introduced through the arts. Whether it was singing, painting, dancing or banging a drum, learning was FUN....and it wasn't work. She believes this is what "sparked" not only her love of the arts, but also her "head start" academically. As a teacher and mentor of hundreds of children throughout her career of over 20 years, she has developed a kindergarten readiness program of music and arts based curriculum for preschool-aged students. This is a program she has been working on for over 5 years, and is excited to see it come to life. It has been proven in many studies that music and the arts have the following benefits to children especially if they are introduced during the pre-K years for multiple hours each day: improved academic performance, language development, motor skills, inventiveness, cultural awareness, visual learning and the list goes on. Aria's hope is that this program inspires a love of learning through the arts and gives students that head start that she received so many years ago.
Our curriculum focuses on the following: fostering healthy relationships with peers and teachers, addressing social-emotional needs, meeting physical and intellectual milestones, having fun and learning through creative experiences and creative play, and most importantly nurturing each child's individual spirit in a safe environment. We are a peanut and tree-nut free building and our staff has been trained to be allergy conscious.
3-4 years old
Must be 3 years old by August 1st, and potty trained.
If not potty trained, parent/guardian must remain in the building during the classes
4-5 years old
Must be 4 years old by August 1st
Sarah Hendrickson, originally from Webster, New York, graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, concentration in piano. Her love of music started at a young age, specifically in fourth grade when she started violin and chorus. Throughout her school career she participated in school musicals and fell in love with theater, as well as marching band drumline. In college she realized her true passion was piano. While attending college, Sarah worked at the YMCA and realized her dual passion is working with children. She is excited to become part of ASOMA as a kindergarten readiness teacher, as well as a private music instructor. Her goal is to help children prepare for school in a fun, safe, arts-based learning environment.