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Spotlight on a Kinder Kicks Family – May

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Another introduction to one of our amazing Kinder Kicks families for the month of May!  This blog is a great way to get to know our families and to understand why they continue to enroll in our Kinder Kicks program.

 

1. Parents names:

Meaghan and Will

 

2. Child’s (children’s) first name and age(s):

Ender will be three in June

 

3. How many Kinder Kicks sessions have you been enrolled in?

We have been in Kinder Kicks classes for 18 months.

 

4. Describe your child’s (children’s) personality:

Ender has a very energetic personality and loves to learn!!!

 

5. What is your favorite part of Kinder Kicks class? Why?

I like incorporating martial arts movements with fun exercises…it keeps them entertained and having fun without thinking it is an exercise. Our class loved all lining up…running to their mother/Oma where we held papers/”boards” for them to break and running back to where they started!!!

 

6. What is your child’s favorite part of Kinder Kicks class?

Ender loves story time!!! As soon as we start singing for story time to begin Ender comes running!!! He is the first one on the blanket as close as he can be to Ms. Faye!!!

 

7. How do you feel your child (children) has benefited from participating in Kinder Kicks?

I feel Ender is learning courage/confidence/focus and shows it throughout his play. Ender is not one to run to the front of the class to show what he can do but is starting to take his turn when asked as long as Mama goes with him and helps 🙂 Ender is fully capable of doing all the exercises but is quiet “on stage”. Come to any class and you will see Ender running around being able to express himself on the “sidelines” though. 🙂

 

8. How has Kinder Kicks served as a source of enrichment for you and your child (children)? I LOVE the time we get to have together for class because I get to see him develop SO much!!! At first the exercises I thought were a bit much but now doing them regularly he is learning how to do them…who would have thought a two year old could do jumping jacks? I am SO proud of the confidence he has shown and I do not have to miss it!!!

 

9. Which Kinder Kicks character does your child like best (Leadership Lion, Jumping Joey, Black Belt Baboon, etc.)? I am not sure which character Ender likes best but he sure is my little “Jumping Joey” <3

 

10. Have any of the Life Lesson stories target a subject that you and/or your child identifies with? If so, which one? How? The Life Lesson stories are helpful during everyday play situations to help Ender make good choices. For example, remembering to keep promises to help others and to use martial arts only in class.

 

11. Any comments you’d like to add? We are SO thankful to be a part of Kinder Kicks!!! We LOVE all the life lessons being taught and the ability to help our little “Jumping Joeys” to grow into more advanced martial arts classes as they grow!!! We look forward to growing with Kinder Kicks <3

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Describe your child’s (children’s) personality: 

 

Grace (3yrs) loves to learn and is very competitive!  Rebecca (11mths) is very outgoing and relaxed at the same time.  Both girls can be super sensitive although this part of their personality doesn’t always show.

 

What is your favorite part of Kinder Kicks class? Why?

 

My favorite part of the Leadership Lion class is from 11:30am-12:15pm!  Really!  Grace thrives when she is out there on her own with me watching from the side (while I entertain Rebecca!).  I love seeing her work as a team with other Lions and on her own when it is appropriate.

 

My favorite part of the Remarkable Me class is the workout that I get.  It sounds a little selfish but it is an added bonus as I get to use my 20lb sweet pea as weights and squat, lunge and crunch my way through the class.  It’s the only exercise I get other than walking around my neighborhood with the stroller and it’s way more fun than walking.  It’s great to workout with other mummies and caregivers and such a laugh!

 

What is your child’s favorite part of Kinder Kicks class?

 

I think Grace really enjoys the routine of the class.  She is quite the creature of habit.  She recites the student promise in Publix in her really loud voice!  Rebecca gives us good giggles with the welcome song and she enjoys all the toys she gets to play with especially the shakers.

 

How do you feel your child (children) has benefited from participating in Kinder Kicks?

 

Kinder Kicks has taught Grace how to work as a team with her peers.  Something I’m not sure she is being taught at pre-school which is fine.  She is only three!  It’s great to see her work with a Kinder Kicks classmate as they balance a beach ball between them to get from one side of the room to the other and around the cones.

 

How has Kinder Kicks served as a source of enrichment for you and your child (children)?

 

I’ve seen Grace blossom from a Jumping Joey to a Leadership Lion.  It took her maybe four weeks to settle into the older class but once she hit her stride, she was in her element.  She displays confidence, independence and listens to instructions.  All great skills for a three year old!

 

Which Kinder Kicks character does your child like best (Leadership Lion, Jumping Joey, Black Belt Baboon, etc.)?

 

I think Blocking Bear is Grace’s current favorite.  She yells out the up, in, out, touch, down in many a public place and gets so enthusiastic about blocking.

 

Have any of the Life Lesson stories targeted a subject that you and/or your child identifies with? If so, which one? How?

 

The crossing the road story and rhyme were really great!  We have used that a lot!

 

Any comments you’d like to add?

 

I have enjoyed getting to know the other mummies and caregivers in both of our classes.  Something almost magical happens between the kids in a class and those that bring the kids to class.  We get to giggle along with our kids and watch some great ah-ha moments.  Some of the best laughs I have each week are during our Leadership Lion class (hopping around with beach balls between their knees still gives me the giggles, it was priceless!).  The instructors are so enthusiastic and really care about the kids.  The Kinder Kicks program is one of the best value classes in town.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you should!

 

–          Bernice, Mum of Leadership Lion Grace (3yrs) and Remarkable Me Rebecca (11mths).

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Spotlight on a Kinder Kicks Family

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Each month we want to spotlight one of our Kinder Kicks families.  This month I want everyone to meet The Laufer Family and to read about their experience in Kinder Kicks so far……..

 

1. Parents names:  Brian and Terrie Laufer

 

2. Child’s (children’s) first name and age(s): Charlotte, 2

 

3. How many Kinder Kicks sessions have you been enrolled in? One (fall 2013) and we are currently enrolled in the Spring 2014 session

 

4. Describe your child’s (children’s) personality: Charlotte is sweet, funny and energetic. People usually describe her as “busy” because she rarely stays in one place for long and she always has a plan for not only what she’s doing right now, but also what she will be doing next. She’s also really loving and encouraging; she’s the first person to cheer you on and say “you can do it!” or give you a hug and say “it’s ok!”

 

5. What is your favorite part of Kinder Kicks class? Why? I love all the different activities and all the ways the class keeps my child engaged. As a parent with a child who never sits still for longer than a few minutes, this aspect of the class is perfect! And even better, I feel like she is mastering different skills as we progress through class.

 

6. What is your child’s favorite part of Kinder Kicks class? Charlotte loves playing with the other children and all the different “toys” that we get to use during class. She also loves to help pick up toys and roll up the story blanket when it’s time to change activities.

 

7. How do you feel your child (children) has benefited from participating in Kinder Kicks? I love the Remarkables; we use the lessons we learn from Jumping Joey, Yoga Yak, etc on a regular basis outside of class. I also love the different physical skills that Charlotte has learned in class. It’s amazing to see that in the past few months she has learned how to do jumping jacks and different kinds of kicks.

 

8. How has Kinder Kicks served as a source of enrichment for you and your child (children)? The lessons we learn from the Remarkables has given me a language to use when talking to Charlotte about important concepts that I might not have known how to approach on my own.

 

9. Which Kinder Kicks character does your child like best (Leadership Lion, Jumping Joey, Black Belt Baboon, etc.)? Definitely Jumping Joey!

 

10. Have any of the Life Lesson stories target a subject that you and/or your child identifies with? If so, which one? How? My daughter has a pretty strong personality, so she tends to get upset about things pretty easily. We try to reinforce Yoga Yak and her deep breaths and concentration to help Charlotte calm down and not lose her temper.

 

11. Any comments you’d like to add? We’ve really fallen in love with Kinder Kicks and we’re so glad we found it at this point in our daughter’s life! It’s been the perfect outlet for our energetic two year old to learn and have fun!

 

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SPOTLIGHT ON A KINDER KICKS FAMILY

1. Your first name:  

Tiffany Walker

 

2. Child’s (children’s) first name and age(s):

Linken – 3 years old

Landon – 1 years old

 

3. How many Kinder Kicks sessions have you been enrolled in?

After these fall classes end, we will have been to 32 classes/sessions (16 classes in the spring and 16 this fall).  Linken started Kinder-Kicks in January 2013.  

 

4. Describe your child’s (children’s) personality: 

Linken is very outgoing, upbeat, thoughtful, funny, loving, adventurous, intelligent, friendly, silly, and high-energy.

 

5. What is your favorite part of Kinder Kicks class? Why?

a) I like that the class is constant.  The instructor always knows what she is doing and what comes next.  I never felt like I had to wait around for the instructor to gather her things, read her notes, etc. 

b.) I enjoy seeing Linken’s face light up when he sees his instructor(s) and his friends.  

c.)  I like that there is variety in the activities, stories, equipment used, etc.  

 

6. What is your child’s favorite part of Kinder Kicks class?

Linken said he enjoys “jumping, swinging with Mrs. Katrina, running, getting a stamp at the end of class, listening to stories, learning about the characters, and the obstacle course(s).” 

 

7. How do you feel your child (children) has benefited from participating in Kinder Kicks?

I think Linken has benefited greatly from the Kinder Kicks program.  He has grown so much in the year that he has attended.  He is more outgoing, he has learned to be patient, confident, and focused.  

 

8. How has Kinder Kicks served as a source of enrichment for you and your child (children)?

The Kinder Kicks program has enriched Linken’s and my life by bring us closer together and having something that we do, together.   He and I looked forward, each week, to going to class. 

 

9. Which Kinder Kicks character does your child like best (Leadership Lion, Jumping Joey, Black Belt Baboon, etc.)?

Linken says he likes “Jumping Joey, Yoga Yak, Board Breaking Turtle, and Spinning Seal.  I like all of them mommy.”  

Linken talks about all of the characters at home.  He likes showing my husband, his daddy, what he learned at karate class from the characters and that Jumping Joey has a lot of energy, Black Belt Baboon has a lot of power, and Yoga Yak has a lot of concentration.

 

10. Have any of the Life Lesson stories target a subject that you and/or your child identifies with? If so, which one? How?

Linken was in a phase where if he didn’t get his way, he would hit.  By listening to the stories, in karate class, it helped him understand that it not nice to hit, mommy, daddy, or anyone.  

Linken really enjoyed to story of 5 (about safety when crossing the street); where you 1 – hold your parent’s hand, 2- look left, 3-look right, 4-look left again, 5-listen.  Everywhere we go now, he counts, and does all of the steps, tells me if a car is coming and when can cross the street.

 

11. Any comments you’d like to add?

I feel that the Kinder Kicks program is a great way for any parent and child(children) to have something fun to do together.  You, and your child, not only learn great life lessons, but create wonderful memories.  I have recommended the Kinder Kicks program to a number of friends.  

 

If you would like to find out more about Kinder Kicks, e-mail info@kinder-kicks.com.

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