While her husband was in Iraq, KinderJam founder El Brown struggled to entertain her toddler with high-energy, enriching activities that would prepare him for kindergarten. Drawing on her master's degree in early-childhood education and more than a decade as an educator for children around the globe, Brown devised a program that has since become a preschool franchise reaching more than 1,300 children in four countries. The KinderJam curriculum, designed to mesh with NAEYC framework and Developmentally Appropriate Practice standards, fosters creativity and school skills with vibrant props, creative movement, and boisterous music. For younger participants, weekly BabyJam sessions strengthen bonds between infants and parents through music-fueled tickling, cuddling, and trigonometry-proof analysis.
Everyone makes the cut at Fusion Elite All Stars. The center offers cheerleading and tumbling classes for students of all abilities, with options catering to everyone from pre-schoolers to adult beginners. What's more, the studio's traveling competitive teams are also open to anyone and everyone, with evaluations that seek only to place members on the team that best matches their experience level. Behind the welcoming environment is a staff of experienced cheer and tumbling coaches, each motivated to help students master everything from dance moves, jumps, and stunts to human pyramids and ziggurats. In addition to classes, students ages 5-14 can also enroll in seasonal cheer camps, during which, they'll learn cheers and dance routines, and enjoy fun social outings to amusement parks, swimming pools, and movie theaters.
As a champion West Coast swing dancer with more than a decade of experience, Miguel de Sousa has the knowledge and skills to introduce individuals, couples, and groups of 6–100 to the art form of social dancing. In addition to West Coast swing, the international instructor and competitor specializes in teaching styles such as country or nightclub two-step, salsa, and ballroom dancing. No partner is required, as dancers can act as leader, follower, or sports-style commentator during private lessons and will rotate partners in group classes.
A former elementary-school teacher, Robin Brooke harnessed her experiences in the classroom to boot up Giggle-Bytes, a computer-learning program for youngsters. Determined to arm her students and her own four children with the necessary computer skills to use the Internet and instant message the Toys R Us giraffe, Brooke teamed up with Discovery Kids Puterbugs, a program produced by Imagine Tomorrow. The Imagine Tomorrow software is customizable for each lesson and academic level, so that kids who have never touched a computer can learn alongside techno whizzes. In both her traveling classes and her birthday parties, Brooke helps kids to build their social skills and cultivate teamwork while gleaning self-confidence, spatial skills, and the ability to navigate through the digital age.
The team at Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel teaches classes, repairs equipment, and plans diving trips, all with a focus on building an active scuba community. Seasoned instructors with NAUI and PADI certification lead beginners from the classroom to the ocean, where they meander through kelp forests and master the art of underwater basket weaving. Experts coordinate travel to premier international and local dive sites such as Catalina Island, aiming to make the three to five yearly trips affordable and fun. The crew also recommends new and used gear for purchase or rental, including Oceanic booties, Tusa masks, and radar equipment that helps divers avoid traveling mermaid salesmen.