Our family has been attending Kinder Kids since it first opened its doors in Clarkson in 2014.
We selected the school after hearing about their impressive and innovative curriculum, in particular, their phonics program. The workbooks and materials are vibrant and fun, and our three kids can often be heard singing the phonics songs throughout our house. Our kids have been everything from a Busy Bee to a Dancing Dinosaur, learning their letters and numbers all while dancing and singing. Our two oldest kids have both entered the public school system knowing how to read, add and subtract, and we know our youngest little guy is not too far behind. The kids also get exposed to various themes and topics, like dinosaurs, the solar system, nutrition and the neighbourhood they live in - there is something pretty neat about having your 3 year old come home and rattle off the names of the planets...in correct order. The children have no idea how much they are learning because they are too busy having a blast!
Kinder Kids not only provides our children with a strong educational foundation and a nurturing, safe, loving environment, it also creates a sense of community and tradition. Each year, our family looks forward to events such as the Christmas party, Sports Day and the Summer Concert. Through these events, our kids gain the confidence required to get up in front of an audience and perform songs, dances and skits, an extremely important life skill that will serve them well in the future.
All of this is made possible by the wonderful, dedicated and loving staff at the school. The teachers and administration at Kinder Kids are amazing - year after year we whole heartedly entrust our children's well-being and education to them, knowing that they truly care for our kids. The teachers are very knowledgeable, kind, nurturing, enthusiastic, and most importantly, fun! My children happily go off to Kinder Kids each day, running into the arms of their teachers. Over the past 4 years, the staff have become like family - people who help us, as parents, navigate through the challenges that come with raising toddlers to kindergarteners. They listen to all our concerns, provide advice and work throughout the day with our kids helping them learn and grow.
Our children have grown up (and continue to grow) here and they have loved every minute of it. I have dreaded each time I have had to tell my kids that they would not be returning to Kinder Kids as it was time to go to "Big Kid" school, since it always results with weeks of tears and declarations that they "don't want to leave Kinder Kids." I will also most likely shed a few tears myself when it is time for our youngest to say good-bye.
We truly are so happy we found Kinder Kids and that we have had the opportunity to become a part of this wonderful community.
When Kinder Kids opened back in 2014, we enrolled Reyna when she was 1 year old. At the time, we were simply excited that she would be going to a new school in our neighbourhood. We had no idea that we would be joining a Kinder Kids family and that the bonds and friendships developed during Reyna's early education would last beyond the four years she spent at the school - among the students but also among parents. Reyna often says her favourite part of Kinder Kids was her friends and her teachers; there were some days where it was even difficult to convince her to come home!
Over the years, Wayne and the teachers have worked together to really build a warm and welcoming community for the students and families. There are several events throughout the year that provided us with an opportunity to be involved in Reyna's education - from in-class observations and discussions with the teachers to field trips to family and community events. The annual concerts are probably our most memorable events where all the students demonstrate their skills and confidence on stage in a theatre - it's really an amazing production and a testament to what the children are capable of at such a young age!
Now that Reyna has graduated from Senior Kindergarten, it is clear that the Kinder Kids curriculum provided Reyna with a strong academic foundation which promoted advanced reading, writing and oral skills. Her early exposure to the Japanese and French classes sparked her love of languages which she is continuing to build on now. Among all the wonderful features that Kinder Kids offers, we feel that it's the teachers that make everything possible. Throughout Reyna's four years, her teachers have supported her every step of the way, nurturing a positive environment that helped to build her confidence and leadership skills.
We have since moved to another city, but have enrolled our younger daughter, Briella, into Kinder Kids for the valuable experience that we know she will have. We have researched and toured various daycares, Montessori schools and private schools in the area and we haven't found anything that compares to the complete package that we feel Kinder Kids offers. We feel very fortunate to have our Kinder Kids family and we look forward to Briella building friendships and learning new skills in the time ahead!
Our story with Kinder Kids started in 2014, the year Kinder Kids opened its doors; Micaela, our eldest daughter joined the Dancing Dinosaur class. Since day one, we saw Micaela so engaged with the program that it was a joy to watch. We were impressed not only with the quality of teachers and their dedication, but also with the material developed by the school in support of the learning experience. Kinder Kids have given Micaela a great academic foundation. Most importantly, at Kinder Kids she has made friends for life.
Catalina, our youngest, joined the Busy Bee class in March 2015. She is currently enrolled in the Mighty Moose class. We feel that Kinder Kids has given her the right tools and exposures to discover her love of music and performing in front of audiences. Earlier this year, she asked for piano lessons. As a parent, it is rewarding knowing that you are providing your kids with the experiences and skills to do something they love.
Rachel, Stephanie and Emily, are very knowledgeable, experienced and consistently involved with our kids' day-to-day; they are always open to share and offer assistance. For our family with no other relatives in Canada, having these ladies as part of our support system means the world. We go to work every day with peace of mind that our girls are happy and well taken care of while learning. We wish Kinder Kids could reinstate its graduate program soon.
Over these years, we have accumulated so many happy memories and have cultivated friendships with other parents. School activities such as Sports days, Summer Concerts, Christmas parties and festivals organized by Kinder Kids are great events that not only helps develop different sets of skills in our kids, but also brings families together. Looking back, we are certain that going with Kinder Kids was a great decision and we have been enjoying the journey ever since.
Our son Benton was the first official student to walk through the doors of Kinder Kids in September 2014. Our decision to enrol him there was much like those of any parent facing the task of finding adequate daycare or preschool for their child. We had enrolled Benton in another daycare and were satisfied but we were far from thrilled. In August in the most unlikely of places, I met Stephanie and Rachel and there our journey began. I was given a tour and immediately I knew; this is where Benton belonged.
Every day that Benton has been at Kinder Kids has been a new adventure. He came out of his shy shell and quickly became a well-known chatterbox. His sentence structure quickly grew from three words to well over eight and at three and a half years old, he can count to 30. His self confidence has grown immensely and daily he tells us tales of all of the amazing things he learned that day.
Kinder Kids is a place where children are shown what their full potential can really be. They are encouraged to explore and become curious, individual beings through structured academics that still allow them to be kids. There has not been a day that has gone by where I have second-guessed our decision in 2014 to enrol Benton in Kinder Kids. The staff has been like extended family and we have seen their hard work reflected in Benton’s outstanding growth. I am confident that any parent that chooses to place their child in the Kinder Kids program will have the same positive experience we had.I cannot hold their staff in any higher regard and I will be recommending the school to anyone who is ever on the search we found ourselves on a year ago.
How can we even begin to thank the staff Kinder Kids for everything they have done for our daughter?
They took our little miracle into their arms and comforted her. She started as a scared toddler, who had no words, refused to nap, cried at drop off, and always wanted to be carried; and they turned her into a happy, confident independent big girl who is always laughing and smiling. The curriculum at Kinder Kids exceeds all other programs. She is three years old and is already reading, writing, telling time, and is enjoying learning. Besides what she has learned academically, her discipline, manners and respect are a reflection of the standard that she has learned at the school.
Making our daughter feel confident and comfortable is one thing, but the way the staff made us feel as parents was above and beyond what we could have asked for. We were so scared and worried about leaving our baby in someone else’s care. Especially since she was our first child, and we wanted to make sure we did everything right. The teachers have always answered any questions we have had, given us incredible suggestions on how to help with any issue (especially those surrounding the terrible twos), and always made us feel like a Kinder Kids was our home. It’s with tears that I write this, because the truth is, we cannot thank them enough.
Having our daughter attend this school makes me excited about her future and how much more she can learn. They have given her such and strong foundation that will guide her the rest of her life.
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for everything they have done for our family. I am counting down the days for our newest member of our family to start at Kinder Kids and begin her journey towards excellence.