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Local preschool teaches Christian curriculum

Cindy Ramunno
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyJacob Medina enjoys his Christmas cone Tuesday at the Mountain Valley Lutheran Preschool.

EAGLE – This past summer, a new preschool quietly opened its doors. Mountain Valley Lutheran Preschool, located at 802 Brush Creek Road in Eagle, opened to kids ages 3 to 5 in August under co-directors Jane Merten and Lucia Yeo. The school was founded by Mountain Valley Lutheran Church board members along with Merten and her husband, Pastor Brent Merten. Located at the same address as the church, the students study a Bible-story curriculum. Students from Eagle, Edwards and Gypsum attend and there are current openings for new students.

“Our typical day starts with us greeting students, relaxed, free-choice centers and then circle time at 9 a.m.,” says Yeo. The morning “circle time” includes a welcome and devotion, along with a story. Kids also learn about shapes and colors during this time. The preschool’s day looks like days at other area preschools, with the exception of the Christian teachings and the shorter day. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 3:15 PM, with holidays mirroring the Eagle County School District’s calendar. Parents with older children in the school system look at the shorter days and holidays as a plus for the preschool. “The school’s location and calendar are what impresses me,” says an Eagle parent who is currently researching preschools for her 3-year-old son. Writing, games, songs and stories are in abundance, along with art, math and outdoor activities. The school hosts two parent/teacher conference days per year – one in November and one in April.

Yeo and Merten also provide parents with daily journals and portfolios of each child’s social, academic and spiritual progress. And as with every preschool, the directors always welcome donations. Currently, the school is seeking playground equipment for the students.Vail Colorado

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