1. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE PARENT?
Parent-child class: The parent is there to encourage and support the child’s learning endeavors. Some children may stay very close to their Mom or Dad until they feel comfortable in the class. This is normal and expected.
BigKids Classes: Even though your child is now on his own in the BigKids Classes, parents continue to be our “learning partners”. Parents will be given special take-home learning pages so that the learning can continue at home.
2. WHAT IF I MISS A CLASS?
Parent-child class : You can call your school to schedule a make-up class. This make-up class must be done within the semester that you are enrolled. No make-ups are permitted after your current program expires. There are no refunds or credit given for classes missed and not made up.
BigKids Classes : There are no make-ups for missed BigKids classes. However, if you would like to take a parent-child class as a make-up you may schedule this at your school.
3. MY CHILD IS ON THE CUSP OF TWO AGE GROUPS. WHICH CLASS IS BEST?
If it is your child’s first class, the younger group is probably best to start. A child can be moved up to the next age group at any time.
4. MY CHILD IS VERY SHY. WILL THINKERTOTS HELP?
Absolutely! Even shy children will thrive when given the support and encouragement they need. Most children will begin to feel comfortable after just a few classes. After that, the classes will build a child’s social skills and confidence.
5. MY CHILD CAN’T SIT STILL FOR 5 MINUTES! WILL THINKERTOTS HELP?
Oh, yes. Your child’s attention span will gradually develop and get longer. Continued exposure to activities that help him/her pay attention is key. Thinkertots also helps this by limiting distractions in the classroom.
6. CAN I BRING MY OTHER CHILDREN TO THE CLASS?
Only siblings who are enrolled in the class may attend. The exception is babies not yet walking.
7. WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT ENROLLING?
Parent-child class : You can cancel up to three days after your first class and receive a 100% tuition refund. No refunds after that point. BigKids Classes : You can cancel up to three days after first class and receive full tuition reimbursement less a $50.00 registration fee.
8. CAN I TAKE MORE THAN ONE CLASS PER WEEK?
We highly recommend doubling your child’s learning. There is a 20% discount on the second class when taken in the same semester as the first.
9. WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THINKERTOTS OVER OTHER EARLY CHILDHOOD/EDUCATIONAL/PLAYGROUP PROGRAMS?
At Thinkertots we: Focus on social and cognitive development. Feature small class sizes (12 students maximum).Provide structured activities. Insist on trained instructors who are warm, caring and patient.Present an educational curriculum.10. Once I register for a particular class, can I change to a different class? Yes, provided there is space in the new class.
10. HOW WILL THINKERTOTS HELP PREPARE MY CHILD FOR PRESCHOOL?
Thinkertots will: Build a child’s social confidence and comfort level in his/her peer group, as well as in a structured classroom routine.Instill a positive idea of “teacher”Reassure a child of his/her own abilities Strengthen skills like listening, attending and following directions.
11. WHAT ARE MOMMY AND ME CLASSES?
While accompanied by a caregiver, your infant, toddler or pre-schooler will be introduced to education through a variety of exciting and stimulating activities. We offer age specific classes in music, art, movement and general studies. All activities are designed to challenge higher-level thinking while increasing confidence and creativity.
12. WHAT TYPE OF CLASSES ARE THERE FOR MY CHILD?
Our BabySmart and Start-Me-Smart offer a variety of fun learning activities. BabySmart introduces communication through sign language and enhancing their motor skills; The Start me Smart is for ages 12-24 months. We teach them educational learning in a school based fun entertaining way for them. For children 24 – 48 months, we offer SuperSmart, an extended class of 75 minutes that includes snack time, Arts and crafts. This multi-discipline class is ideal for children who aren’t quite ready for our Nursery and Pre-K Drop-Off classes. This class goes deeper into educational activities. All the classes includes story time, Music and Movement and lots of fun.
13. WHY IS THIS OFFER GOOD FOR MY CHILD?
Since all children learn differently and their mental development is stimulated in various ways, we highly recommend taking advantage or our unlimited classes in the summer. You and your child will learn together and make friends together in our specialty classes.