Kindergarten Prep | Technology | Palm Desert, CA
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Serving Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Cathedral City, Indio (Coachella Valley)


Kindergarten Preparation for School

Elementary school is a fun and challenging time for your child. It's a time to build friendships and discover new subjects and special interests. The elementary school curriculum is usually a general education that exposes your child to the arts, technology, music, math, and literature, inclusive of phonics, spelling, handwriting and language, science, social studies, and physical education. As he or she learns and is being taught in the various subjects, he or she will find out the subjects that stimulate him or her the most and continue to be challenged throughout their educational experience at The Palm Desert Learning Tree Center.

Classroom Technology

Our technology curriculum is academic-based. Our students learn keyboarding, computer functionality, computer terminology and the basics of the Internet. Our computer lab is equipped with 11 new Dell computers and is manned by an instructor who is a Microsoft Certified Professional. Our software library is extensive and continually growing.


Students will learn and work with educational programs and real world software, such as Microsoft Office. All students; Kindergarten Prep through 5th grade, attend computer lab each week. In addition, specialized after-school computer classes are offered on a regular basis including a student-produced school newspaper, yearbook cover design, science fair project assistance and graphic design.

The Beginning to Read, Write, and Listen program for reading and comprehensive language designed by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. There are 26 letter books designed each for a 2-week lesson including such lessons as name recognition, how to write it and sound the letter, and a list of words that stand for the letter. In the beginning, it is important for your child to remember only one sound for each letter. Your child traces, identifies upper and lower case, the shape, pictures whose names begin with the letter sound, draw pictures of things whose names begin with each letter sound, identify animal sounds on tape and listen to a mystery sound and draw a picture to show what made the sound. Each week the letter book takes on various learning elements as to create new and creative teaching skills to children. The books are colorful and promote many learning lessons.

Beginning Reading Program

Early Mathematics Program

Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Mathematics Kindergarten program is used for the Kindergarten-Prep classroom. Your child learns positioning and sorting, counting and writing numbers up to 100, graphing and patterns, measurement, time and money, geometry and fractions, and readiness for addition and subtraction. Through continued practice, children learn to master these concepts.


Other books used in the Kindergarten Prep program include Frank Schaeffer Science units, A Beka Writing and Phonics, and Numbers Writing Tablet. Social Studies, Music, Technology, and Physical Education are taught once or twice weekly with teacher resources.

Invest in your child's future

Meet the Pre-Kindergarten Teachers!

My name is Terri Saderup. Before moving to La Quinta in 2006, I lived in Big Bear Lake, CA for 18 yrs. While in Big Bear I worked at the Elementary school for 6 ½ yrs. I started out as a Noon Duty Aide and then became an Instruction Aide. I was also an Aide for Special Ed, and a Title I Aide. I have been a substitute teacher from Kindergarten through 6th grade. I have been at The Learning Tree for almost 9 years, one year as an instructional aide and I am now in my eighth year of teaching Kindergarten-Prep. I am married and have 6 children, 3 of my own and 3 stepchildren. Our eldest son lives in Texas and is a manager of Costco; my son lives in Carlsbad and is attending the Fire Academy. The eldest daughter lives in Woodland Hills and is an RN and doing online classes at Georgetown University for her masters in Family Nurse Practitioner. The other daughter lives in Chico and works as an academic coach for students with behavioral issues and administrative assistant in the school office. The younger boys, 1 lives and works for Legacy homes in Big Bear and the other lives in Long Beach and is attending Paramedic School in Santa Barbra.


My name is Vanessa Guzman Garza, the students will be calling me Mrs. Garza and I was born in San Diego and moved to the Desert when I was four years old. Before teaching at the Palm Desert Learning Tree Center, I taught one year at the YMCA in Palm Desert, and previous to that I worked at Safehouse of the Desert, working with teens in crisis. I have my Bachelor's degree in Human Development with a concentration in child Development. I am very excited to be teaching at The Learning Tree, and I am looking forward to having a wonderful year getting to know you and your child.


As an educator, I have a strong passion for teaching and providing all students with the ability to achieve individual excellence and academic success. I have the commitment to help each student grow and mature to their fullest potential in all areas, and I strive to encourage a willingness to assume challenges and responsibilities, to develop self-confidence and a positive self-image, and to be sensitive to the needs of others. I believe that learning must offer meaningful experiences, happiness, and a firm desire for future learning as the foundation for the learning process.

  • Academic-Based Curriculum

  • Microsoft Certified Instructor

  • Kindergarten Prep through 5th Grade

  • After School Classes Offered


Your child will begin to understand basic computer functions, be introduced to computer terms, be able to use a computer mouse with a developmentally appropriate degree of coordination, be able to find all numeric keys on the keyboard and be able to run appropriate grade level programs.

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