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KATHERINE BLOWERS, 4, explores inside of a tree playhouse at Praiseland Academy in El Dorado Hills.

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Praiseland Academy offers well-balanced, Christian-based program

By From page KID4 | April 09, 2014

Praiseland Academy of El Dorado Hills is a Christian-based infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten program. It opened its doors in the Windplay Business Park in El Dorado Hills in August of 2013 after moving from the home-based Preschool Academy of El Dorado Hills.

The new building offers 6300 square feet, which includes five classrooms, a nursery, kitchen and a 1600-square-foot indoor playground. The outdoor area provides plenty of room to ride tricycles, swing, climb, use chalk and eat lunch or snack.

Praiseland is owned and directed by Lisa Hester, a former elementary school teacher with more than 15 years of experience and the owner of the former Preschool Academy of El Dorado Hills. Hester felt compelled to have the new center be a Christian-based school so that they could help change lives not only academically, but spiritually as well. Hester is passionate about teaching the Christian principals and values that she feels are extremely important for our children.

Praiseland teachers bring with them a great deal of early education experience and a true love of teaching. Their program consists of small group activities for both phonics and math instruction. Their goal is to make learning fun with games, puzzles, hands-on activities, glyphs, art, music, field trips, faith lessons and Scholastic learning magazine.

The children go on field trips, and have parties and special activities to keep learning fun and exciting.

Praiseland is also dedicated to teaching the children about caring for others. The school has been donating food baskets at certain holidays to a local elementary school. Hester believes that the lessons learned through giving to others will help to create thoughtful and empathetic young adults.

Praiseland has received very positive feedback from parents. Holly and Ryan said, “My son’s experience at Praiseland has been a happy and fruitful one that has prepared him for kindergarten next year and given him the Christian basics that are important to our family’s core values.”

Another parent said, “Teachers are excited about getting to know each child, laugh with them, sing with them, listen to them and teach them so many wonderful things. They realize the importance of working with parents and families to help create not only a strong child, but also a family unit. The teachers are in constant contact with parents in order to ensure that children are receiving the best possible care.”

Some parents appreciate that, “they want to help children to become caring, patient, respectful, honest and trustworthy children. It is their goal to help their students become life-long learners and most importantly to grow in the Christian faith. They believe that through the Christian principles, as well as their strong academic program, they help to create a well-balanced child that will be successful for many years to come.”

The staff at Praiseland would love to have you tour their school and see what they have to offer your child. They can be reached at 916-941-1234.

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