By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement?when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
Innovative Fitness hosts a broad curriculum of fitness classes and personal-training options that allow individuals to tailor their experience to personal preference, whether its to lose weight, build muscle, or just have fun. Functional fitness lies at the core of the trainers' approach. Functional exercises performed at shortened intensities build greater muscle fitness and performance levels, and the staff design specialized regimens that accommodate each client's competency. Guests looking for a balanced approach to fitness may opt for boot camps that stress a mix a cardiovascular work and resistance training, whereas fun-seekers can inject some liveliness into workouts with Zumba dance classes. Through a personal-training regimen, individuals can consult an experienced trainer during weekly training sessions that provide much quicker feedback than writing to a fitness pen pal.
What began as a small studio with five enthusiastic dance students has transformed into a full-fledged company that's educated thousands and won multiple awards along the way—including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. Today, Strictly Street Salsa has a whole team of instructors that has danced its way across the likes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, and Rome and is ready to introduce students to new cultures through the art of dance. The studio offers classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers in both salsa and tango and hosts dance workshops that blend Latin dance with various cultural elements, including African movement, gypsy music, and good old-fashioned American screaming.
For more than 40 years, Gonzales School of Languages has unraveled an array of tongues with group and private language lessons for all ages, taught by native speakers. The staff of instructors gets novice linguists started on their paths to becoming master polyglots during interactive classes, sharing their own anecdotes and experiences while instilling knowledge of the target language's culture. Small-group classes allow for a variety of basic communications among students and their instructors, and the one-on-one nature of private courses provides a tailored experience for advanced students who are tired of practicing by shouting into caves.
The Katy Home & Garden Show inspires homeowners by giving them access to dozens of home-improvement businesses and helping them move closer to inhabiting their dream home. From fundamental services such as homebuilding and landscaping to design details including lighting, blinds, and curtains for garden-gnome homes, the show offers the advice of a diverse panel of area professionals. In previous years, additional attractions have included a seminar with Run My Renovation host John DeSilvia, a design discussion with Susan Fruit, a Kid's Zone, and a gift market with gourmet-food samples.
Besides English and pig latin, French is spoken in more countries than any other language. That's why Houston French provides group and one-on-one classes to verse everyone from students and businessman to those taking a vacation in the finer points of the French language. During lessons, clients can learn basic points, such as conjugation and vocabulary, or tackle more-comprehensive tutorials, such as inflection and how to properly tilt a beret.