Forty-five minutes of class including coloring, cutting, gluing, ring-around-the rosy, then animal flashcards. Same format, different “letter of the week” each week.
21.75 for 4 sessions (5.44 a class)
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center (also available at other rec centers)
1575 Galleria Dr
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The teacher, Joyce Leehey runs a fairly flexible, fun class. She emphasizes that the purpose of the class is for the kids to learn to enjoy going to school. We arrive and get a coloring page with the letter of the day on it. After a while Joyce asks the kids to find two specific crayons, and hands them a new coloring page to color an animal that starts with the letter of the day. Then we cut out the animal and glue it onto construction paper. We sing an interactive song over on the rug, then the kids identify animals and sounds from flashcards the instructor holds up. The kids get stamps when class is over.
WHAT TO TAKE
Nothing in particular for class.
I easily take my stroller into the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center and sometimes use the baby carrier to free up my hands.
Kyler isn’t much of a color-er, so he loses interest during the first portion of the class. Cutting goes well. He’s a prodigy with the scissors. The song is fun, the flashcards boring, and we usually end up outside for a little bit because he is running circles around the kids instead of sitting down by the end. The main issue has been that his best little buddy is in this class with him, and they feed off of each other’s wild energy.
WHAT WE LIKED
Part of the reason we are doing these types of classes is because I want to help Kyler learn about structure and participating appropriately with a teacher and other kids. We haven’t had a lot of success in other classes, but I especially like this one because it is a little bit structured, but not too much. He can walk around and take breaks and explore without me feeling like I need to stop him and sit him back down.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
The only weird thing is that the instructor keeps talking about how if we stick with her classes our kids will test into the gifted program, etc. I feel like 2 is a little early to be worrying about all that, but maybe that’s just my parenting style.
WILL WE GO AGAIN
Yes, I think we will eventually. But not for a while and next time not with a playmate.