The caretakers at The Learning Experience emphasize education first, employing a proven set of teaching methods such as Fun with Phonics and their own L.E.A.P. program, designed to meet children at their current level of development. Infants as young as 6 weeks are nestled in their own individual cribs and allowed to roam an exploration-inspiring playzone, and those just a few months older may get the chance to learn sign language. Older kids move at their own pace through more advanced classes that cover early reading skills, basic math concepts, and dance and movement sessions. Besides preparing preschoolers for kindergarten with accelerated literacy and critical thinking, the curriculum includes introductions to modern technology, from digital cameras to DVD players.
Educational explorations take place in an environment designed for safety: brightly colored walls with rounded corners help prevent accidents in the halls, and Child Safe 'N Secure key tags can reveal the location of any student at the push of a button. Outside, kids frolic on playgrounds rooted in a cushy rubberized surface, and indoors is a "Make-Believe Boulevard," where cartoon animals run retail stores and children can get a taste of what it will be like when they're all grown up and can reach the top of the fire station.
Sensei Adam Lux lives and breathes karate, spending six days a week training by day and teaching by night. His seven black-belted teachers mirror Lux’s unflappable commitment to the sport, a contagious enthusiasm that spreads to their students during classes for kids and adults. The karate programs welcome pupils aged 3 or older, progressing from fun, engaging introductions for kids to sessions that give adults a competitive edge against mouthy cinder blocks. Kickboxing emphasizes fitness as well as form, and self-defense courses steel students against potential attacks.
When children struggle in math, science, social studies, foreign languages, or other academic arenas, the tutors at MJ Creations come to the rescue, tailoring their instruction to individual needs. Tutoring can take place over the Internet or in person during private or group sessions. Though the subject or venue may change, one aspect always remains the same: tutors help their charges reach their scholastic goals with the proper schedule, materials, and encouragement.
Signature service: Tutoring in most subjects K-12
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Brainy Kids math and English curriculum
Pro Tip: Diagnostic testing in math and English K-12 offered to long-term clients at participating centers.
When Prem and Cheridy Mukherjee got married in 2001, they didn't know anything about creative wedding photography. Prem's interest in taking photos had been piqued during his travels in Sydney, Australia, but it wasn't until after he had met and married Cheridy that his interest flourished into a real talent. Cheridy soon picked up the camera herself, and together the husband-and-wife team became Arising Images, expertly capturing shots for weddings, engagement announcements, and family-portrait sessions. In 2009, with more experience under their belts, the couple wanted another shot at their wedding album. They once again donned white attire, along with a colorful pair of sneakers, and posed for artistic, playful shots that truly captured their joy—something they strive for in their own photography sessions.
Prem, who has shared his expertise at national conventions, passes along his camera-friendly knowledge to budding photographers during starter and intermediate classes. He spends the sessions educating students on the functions of their own cameras and the fundamentals of editing images with Photoshop Elements, eschewing the traditional method of going over photos with a ballpoint pen and masking tape. Private lessons shower all the attention upon one participant, while a tag-along on a photo shoot or wedding allows students to view Prem and Cheridy in their professional environment.