Shok: User Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
by Shok 01/26/2012
My two year old son has only been cared for by myself (teacher), my husband and my mother (former teacher) before he started attending BedRock last September. I may be called an over protective mother by many including my husband so one can imagine what my criteria was when I looked for a preschool for my son, and I looked! It was time for my son to be in a more social setting but I had great doubts that anyone can understand and provide him situations and challenges that made him truly happy and comfortable as well as increase value in his learning process.
When he started at BedRock in September, I cried at first and forced myself to accept that someone else will feed and change him. How much comfort and love could they provide? I kept thinking. He cried when I left him in the morning. Many know how heartbreaking this is. BedRock helped me tremendously in this very difficult transition time. Still, I doubted my decision, not because of the school but rather the fact he is not used to strangers caring for him. That lasted for about a week. I expected a month of this. Within two weeks I stared to see a bigger improvement. At first I could not picture him being happy with someone else, but with the school's open door policy, I peaked in, without him seeing me, several times and he was LAUGHING. So soon, I thought to myself, amazing. I also saw how focused he was when the teacher was reading a book to his whole group. I started to see him pointing at different shapes and calling out their names, but more importantly, doing so while smiling. That means he is happy with others. I saw and heard all this without him noticing me (they have fantastic peak in windows). Within a month he was sitting down on a chair (they have different size custom made chairs and tables in each room according to the size of the children). He was sitting and eating "with a fork" his lunch without making any mess by his own choice not by strapping him in a high chair as I had to do at home at that age. I could not believe my eyes. Oat meal? Never at home and he was asking for seconds at BedRock. Soon after, he started to sing the alphabet song. This is before he was two. So being a teacher I didn't value when children can recite something without understanding. Children memorize easily but it is important to TEACH and help them know what those sounds are. This is why I am happy that with reciting the song he, at the same time, was recognizing almost all the letters. He did the same for shapes and numbers to 20. Soon after, he started talking with full sentences with correct grammar, again before he was two. For example, he says: âThis is my hat. This is Daddy's hatâ, not Daddy hat. âOne car, two carsâ.
At BedRock communication between me and teachers as well as the director is incredibly easy and fulfilling. I ask for certain things that are a little overboard according to some, Sometimes, I am surprised how well they remember some conversations I have with them and how well they follow through.
Bedrock also offers a variety of enrichment programs (included in the tuition) that my son benefited from. He has been saying AND understanding many Spanish and Mandarin words. He can now sing a full version of many songs. He loves and plays his guitar every day after his music teacher at Bedrock, with his guitar, inspired him.
âDownward dogâ my son says and does when I ask him about Yoga class at school.
There are many more things about Bedrock that keeps making me happy about my decision including 1. The director puts her heart and soul in making sure every child is realizing their 100% potential and is happy. 2. Safe, very clean, fun, and bright. 3. Amazing programs and curriculum. 4. Most of all, absolutely incredible teachers.
by a Parent
on Jan 26, 2012
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