Our son started going to Building Blocks in September 2003. He went 3 mornings in the Preschool setting and 2 mornings in the Kindergarten setting. This was what was decided by ourselves and the staff members, since our son has special needs and was at the age to attend Kindergarten but was, in certain areas, intellectually at the Preschool level. It was important to us to have our son with his peers, but we still had to acknowledge his delays. The staff at Building Blocks helped in both areas. They adapted the Kindergarten work to his level. He learned his alphabet (both upper and lower case), the sounds that each letter makes, and recognized his numbers to 20, by the end of this school year. He has been included in everything, from daily routines to Christmas and end of school concerts. He has been taught how to be just one of the kids! In order to keep our son’s academics up, we chose to keep him in Building Blocks for the smaller teacher/student ratio, 3 afternoons a week, even though he is attending a public school in the mornings (a decision we made so our son could learn the school routines before starting Grade 1). The staff continues to encourage him to try the difficult tasks, in a non-threatening way. Without Building Blocks, we feel our son would not be as far advanced as he is. We have nothing but praise for the school and all involved. The only thing we want to know is “WHY DON’T YOU TEACH HIGHER GRADES?”!!!
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I am a mother of three boys, ages 5, 3 and 18 months. I currently have 2 boys in Building Blocks Nursery School, with my third son starting the preschool program in September.
My oldest son has been in Building Blocks since he was two years old. He has been enrolled in all the various programs. Nathaniel started in the preschool class where he was so shy and timid; by the end of his two years in the preschool program he became so comfortable at school. When it was time for my oldest son to start JK, we decided to keep him in Building Blocks school part time and send him to regular school.
Nathaniel has completed the JK program. I can’t praise the teachers at Building Blocks enough. At the end of the JK year, Nathaniel was already starting to blend words and was well on his way to reading. Nathaniel is more than half way through his SK year and he is doing amazing. He is currently reading at the level he should be reading at by the end of Grade 1, he is doing wonderful on his weekly spelling tests and, most importantly, he is full of confidence. I truly believe that the foundation of my son’s progress has been from Building Blocks Nursery School. The warm, friendly, environment has made learning easy for my child. The small child-to-teacher ratio is unlike what you would get in an ordinary elementary school. All of the teachers are well-organized and enthusiastic. The activities and the weekly themes are enjoyed by both of my children. They always come home singing, and telling me something new that they learned. The Christmas and year end concerts are always a pleasure to watch.
My second child is currently in the preschool program and loves school. In fact, he wishes he were there every day. He is just so comfortable there and loves all of the teachers. He will be starting the JK program next year, and I can’t wait to see how quickly he learns.
I would recommend Building Blocks Nursery School to any family, and I would highly recommend to any parent to supplement Building Blocks’ JK/SK program as extra enrichment for their child. It has helped give our oldest child that extra advantage. Building Blocks has really become a big part of our extended family.Carey Ocampo