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.