Sorenson to open Miss Regina's Preschool Monday
SPRING VALLEY --- As her children were growing up, Regina Sorenson's house never stayed quiet.
"Motherhood grabbed me big time," she said. "It was so much fun having all the neighboring children at my place."
She added even when her children weren't around, kids still stopped by. (Sorenson is the mother of three children, Jamie, 24, LeAnna, 17, and Nickolas, 15, and the grandmother of Anna Belle, six months.)
Now, as her children have reached teenage status and beyond, Sorenson still has that "motherhood" feeling, evident by Miss Regina's Preschool, set to open this Monday in Spring Valley at S207 McKay Ave., the former Hiawatha National Bank (HNB) building, with hours of 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Miss Regina's will be accepting children ages 3?-5-years-old on full-time and part-time (Monday, Wednesday and Friday along with Tuesday and Thursday) options. As of last week, six children had signed up for the part-time option.
Sorenson was a schoolteacher in the Twin Cities when a couple of years ago she wanted a different lifestyle.
"I was looking for a quieter place to live," said the Albert Lea, Minn., native, who was driving through Spring Valley one day and quickly fell in love with the area.
And when she heard nearly 10 months ago the former HNB building was up for sale, it didn't take long for her to jump at the opportunity.
"I never left the childhood field," she explained, as she earned a degree in Child Development from Concordia University in St. Paul. Even though the building would have to undergo some construction, she thought the building would make a good preschool spot due to its shelter and exit from the basement, and the emergency exit lights in case the electricity would go out.
"The construction took a while, as I had friends, family and neighbors working on it," she explained. It includes interior and exterior changes, as a fence had to be installed. "It was more people than I could ever thank."
While construction was ongoing, Sorenson was developing the curriculum for children ages 3?- 5-plus years.
What she settled on was a program connecting social learning with literacy, as she will be using materials such as newspapers, advertisements and flyers to show children all the different forms of communication in the world and the importance of learning to read.
Even lunch time will be an educational experience, Sorenson explained. Because each child will be bringing in a different meal, time will be spent discussing proper nutrition and healthy foods.
"There will be plenty of ample time for children to learn," she said.
The schedule also allows for group art, music and exercise, whether in an indoor gym or outdoors.
"Everything is going to be very organized and detailed," she said. "They're going to learn clean up after their mess and put things back for the next person."
Sorenson added the idea of a preschool has gone over well in the Spring Valley community.
"I've gotten wonderful support from everyone," she said. "... I'm ready for Monday, it should be fun."
For more information, call Miss Regina's Preschool at 715-778-4080.