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Calling all kindergarten students!

Special to the Sun
Photo courtesy Custom Learning ACademyPhoto courtesy Custom Learning Academy

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Parents and pre-kinder children are invited to attend an informational evening with healthy snacks and engaging activities at Custom Learning Academy (CLA) in Tahoe Donner, Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 -6:30 p.m.

Laurel Parker Kennedy, CLAand#8217;s kinder teacher, will host the Kindergarten Round-Up in the Kinder classroom located at 12716 Northwoods Blvd. In addition to teaching kindergarten, Kennedy, who is a UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly graduate, teaches elementary music and art classes. Students love her musical talent, because playing the piano and singing makes learning fun in all subjects.

and#8220;We offer the nirvana of kinder programs,and#8221; explains CLAand#8217;s founder and credentialed literacy specialist Lisa Crosby, M.Ed. who will speak about early literacy development and preparation for school at the event on May 2. and#8220;Our 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. program offers young ones a gentle start, including rest after lunch, for the first few weeks. We have a very sound and effective math and language arts curriculum.and#8221;

In addition, CLA kindergarten students enjoy daily physical education plus weekly science lessons with hands-on labs, social studies, fine arts and music classes with singing, rhythm and musical instruments.

Learning is not limited to academics. A fun-infused drama curriculum focuses on emotional quotient skills and school-wide Friday performances offer a supportive audience.

and#8220;This is such a magical time for children to learn to love school and, more importantly, to view themselves as capable learners. Each component of our program is designed for valuable brain development,and#8221; said Crosby, who holds numerous secondary education credentials in addition to a kindergarten through eighth elementary endorsement and literacy specialist credential for teaching all grade levels plus teachers.

Learning doesnand#8217;t stop at the end of the traditional school year. Rising kindergarten through fifth grade students participate in highly interactive, playful themed summer camps that take place from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and cost $160 per child. Children do not have to be year round CLA students to attend summer camp.

Highlights include and#8220;Creepy, Crawly, and Wiggly,and#8221; June 25-29; and#8220;Art and Nature,and#8221; July 16-20 and and#8220;Brazilian Rainforests,and#8221; Aug. 6-10.

For a list of summer camps and information visit or call 530-587-5470 to schedule a visit.

About Custom Learning Academy

Custom Learning Academy is a full-time, WASC-accredited Kindergarten through 12-grade nonprofit private school offering customized curriculum for every student and a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio (or less) in a nurturing learning environment. CLAand#8217;s mission is to achieve academic success for each student by providing standards-based, self-paced learning opportunities and support from teachers with excellent content knowledge and effective communication skills, all in a culture of respect.