FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is my child learning by playing with blocks?
Playing with blocks increases math, science, art, literacy, language, social and spatial skills. Our exclusive curriculum combines the core education disciplines with essential life skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, resourcefulness, effective communication, flexibility and confidence.
aren't bloCKS FOR LITTLE KIDS?
You would think so… but the answer is NO!! Our oldest builders by far - demonstrate the full range of skills, thinking, creativity, cooperation, problem solving and talent! We are amazed by them each and every day. It is joyful to participate in such active learning! Children relish their blockspot® learning experience especially in light of the amount of testing, sitting and conformity in school today. Please like us on Facebook for up to the minute examples of the greatness!
How will I know my child is progressing?
Our professional teachers are constantly monitoring your child's interactions and engagement in the blockspot® space. Sometimes the gains are obvious and most times more subtle. Development of skills is an individual process and the beauty of a play based environment is that the children work at their own pace. Some things take longer than others. Additionally, enrolled children in our Nursery Nation, Beginning Builders and After School Builders Club are constantly being monitored by our expert teacher leaders. The information gathered by our formative assessment has been incredibly insightful and helpful to teachers and parents alike.
We have and continue to participate in block play research through our university partnerships. Ask us to share with you... but beware - we can get on a roll!!
Why CAN'T I BRING MY CHILD ANYTIME?
Our age specific classes are geared toward activities and instruction based on the ages of the children and developmental expectations. Younger children require more teacher direction, support and staff. Older children build complex structures and need a different kind of support to make their ideas expand without limitations. We offer programs for ages 2-12 so there is sure to be something for everyone. Saturday Multi-Age Studio ( ages 3-12) is the perfect time to drop in and play for an hour.
Am I EXPECTED TO STAY?
Yes and no. During our weekly classes, children age 2 are expected to have a caregiver engage with them in the space. Children ages 3 and 4 may be dropped off at the discretion of staff. All programs for ages 5 and up are drop-off.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ENROLLING?
Enrollement is the ONLY way to guarantee your child a place in our classes. Some classes have limited enrollment, so securing a spot early is preferable. Once the maximum amount of children per class is reached, there will be no drop-in capability. While we don't want to turn any child away, it can be necessary to preserve the integrity of our program.
ARE THERE MAKE-UPS FOR MISSED CLASSES?
Enrolled children have the flexibility to move to any other day that the class is offered, or another class at the discretion of staff. Mutlitple missed days may not be accrued.
IS THIS THE ONLY BLOCKSPOT?
Yes. blockspot® was founded by us, based on our careers in education, research and best practices. We developed our unique curriculum and methodology to support children's learning in its most optimal form - PLAY. Our goal is to enrich the lives of children in wholehearted ways through hands on learning. We hope to expand our horizons in the future. If you are interesed in learning more, please drop us a line!