Learning Tree is root of Pre-K education
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 2:03 pm
TARA B’S LEARNING TREE – Tara Erwin (right) is joined by her toddler daughter, Winnie Grace and Kellie Keen
Pastel walls provide a charming backdrop to one of Weakley County’s newest learning centers.
Once a person enters Tara B’s Learning Tree, her eyes will immediately shift down as the building is filled with a visual display of learning tools designed to entice tots.
Tara Erwin said it has always been a desire of hers to provide an atmosphere of learning for pre-schoolers. As a 10-year licensed teacher serving children in Tennessee as well as her former home in New Jersey, Ms. Erwin said she wants clients to look at she and her staff as not just providers of pre-school education, but friends who truly love and care about their children.
“I strongly believe based on my experience as an educator and a mother of three, that the right beginning in education can positively shape a child’s educational career by instilling a love of learning, a head start and mastery on necessary skills taught in kindergarten,” Ms. Erwin said.
“My older daughter, now 13 years old, began reading at the age of three with my guidance. She is now getting ready for study abroad and has a 4.0 at UTC. Some day she hopes to make a career in neuroscience research. Without a solid start, this may not have been possible.
:It is my desire to bring this solid start, opportunity and educational prerequisite equipment to my now almost three-year-old daughter, Winnie Grace Erwin, and other children in the area,” Ms. Erwin added.
She and her education partner, Kellie Keen, are looking to provide a safe learning environment that exudes creativity and fun at Tara B’s Learning Tree.
Ms. Keen was a long-term substitute at Martin Elementary School and is seeking a master’s degree in K-6 education.
Tara B’s Learning Tree is located close to the University of Tennessee at Martin, downtown Martin and Martin Primary and Elementary schools, yet it is slightly off the beaten path, offering easy access and safety for parents and the children they serve at the learning center.
There are a limited number of slots available for 2-5-year-olds at Tara B’s Learning Tree, but because of the smaller classroom, each child can expect a quality experience at the center. Tara B’s Learning Tree is located at 205 Oakland St. in Martin. Its hours are 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting are planned today (Tuesday) from 4-7 p.m., which will include Martin Mayor Randy Brundige and the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce.
Call Tara B’s Learning Tree at 514-8350 or visit the center for additional information.