“Our parents are our best assets,”’ say teachers Jayne Griffith, Kristi Harrington and Patty Wilt of It’s a Rainbow World Preschool, located at the Presbyterian Church in West Liberty. The children start their afternoon in the Muscle Room, learning while they play. They learn sign language, manners with puppets Mert and Geddy, weather with the Weather Bear, have circle time, snack, and visit the Book Room and Paint Room.
The preschool opened in 1987, a dream come true after a year of careful planning by Wendy Michael. The children must be potty trained and between three and five years old. With only 20 children and three teachers you have a better student/teacher ratio, which is great for everyone. Their school year runs from September to May, three afternoons a week, giving the teachers time with their own families.
The school raises money for expenses with fundraisers to help keep the cost down for parents. Their next one, “Spring Shopping Fling” will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The teachers do such a good job that former students enroll their children in the preschool. It’s a Rainbow World Alumni, 2nd grader, Noah Thompson and his mom, Cindee Boyd have fond memories of Noah’s preschool years. Noah said, “I really loved it! The teachers were really nice, I liked the puppets and made friends.” Cindee states, “Because of his attendance, Noah blossomed and is now very social.” It’s a Rainbow World – Where the children teach the teachers as much as the teachers teach them!
Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.