IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO INSTILL A LOVE OF LEARNING
The idyllic grandmother has cookies baking in the oven, a friendly space full of interesting things to discover, a huge amount of patience and a smile that encourages new adventures and ideas without fear of failure. That pretty much describes Jackie Simmons (above, center) and her creative Grandma’s Storybook Cottage, a small, nostalgic business carved out of a contemporary strip-mall at the corner of Rte. 111 and Elm Street, Monroe.
The entrance to her upstairs endeavor is wedged between Courtesy Carpet and a paint store. If you love learning, it’s worth visiting with the kids. Although tutoring is a major focus, the books and objects she enhances her “cottage” with to enrich the learning experience are worth investigating (and for sale).
In addition, with the closing of Monroe’s only toy store, Jackie has expanded to provide both traditional and new toys that promote learning through play. She specializes in Made in USA toys, many of them wooden. She’s the NEW toy store in town.
Jackie and her good friend Alice (left) who volunteers at the cottage have a wealth of tutoring and teaching experience both in home schooling and public school systems. In addition, Jackie, herself, has a Master of Arts in English Literature, is a member of four academic honor societies and a published poet. She encourages “everyone, of every age, to learn something new each day.” She will even teach you how to tutor your own child and supply the subject materials. Says Jackie, “It’s never too late to instill a love of learning.”
Grandma’s Storybook Cottage will be open 10 am to 2 pm on Dec. 24 and closed Dec. 25. Until then, she is running a big Sale: 50% off all dolls and 15% off all toys through Dec. 24.
450 Monroe Turnpike, Upstairs
Monroe, CT 06468