The professional teachers and staff at The Children’s Courtyard nurture minds and nourish spirits in tots ranging from 6 weeks to 13 years old. Armed with training they receive at The Children’s Courtyard’s unique master schools, they lead engaging programs in interactive classrooms, most of which brim with computers equipped with up to 50 learning programs. Class participants play games, sing songs, and interact with friends, which allows them to learn valuable skills in cognition, conflict resolution, and academic performance through activities geared toward their age group. Regular programs inspire little minds in half- and full-day increments, and summer camps take kids on field trips to see new animals at the zoo, sing a song at a recording studio, and muse over the complex metaphors for the role of capitalism in a local fairy-tale play.
Language and Art Centers stimulates minds with lessons that show students that learning can be fun. Music programs teach kids and adults of all ages to play piano, guitar, or sing and dance classes zero in on a particle style such as salsa, folkloric, or ballet. The language programs start early, instilling vocabulary and verb tenses into brains as young as two. While kids can pick up a bit of Spanish, Mandarin, or French, adults and corporate classes focus on English and Spanish conversation, accent reduction, and job-specific jargon such as synergy and addressing stapler theft.
Through educational programs in English, Spanish, and other languages, the instructors at Language and Art Centers introduce kids, teens, and grownups to a world of new activities and topics. Daycares, camps, and prekindergarten immerse little ones in intensive curricula, while tutoring sessions and adult language classes impart subject-specific wisdom. Arts programs also teach students of all ages creative ways to express themselves through paint, music, dance, or alphabet-block structures.
The Woodlands Home Tutoring’s certified tutors arrive at clients’ houses, iPads in hand, to help students tackle various academic subjects. They can dispense tips and knowledge for improving performance on standardized tests, including the SAT and STAAR, and in school subjects such as language arts, math, and science. Many tutors have ESL experience or have worked with children with special needs such as ADHD or dyslexia.
With programs in 46 countries and an experienced staff, Kumon helps children become master mathematicians and page-obliterating readers. During the one-month academic program, students receive an individualized lesson plan, custom-built according to their abilities, learning pace, and fluency in dolphin. As the month progresses, the program is further honed to fit kids' burgeoning brainpower, and many Kumon students eventually reach levels three years or more above their own grade through long-term study. A smattering of study materials marinates the minds of mini-Einsteins as they train their brains on conquering college-level reading, mastering Calculus 2, or working out equations to prove the Earth is actually shaped like a thumbs-up.
As a burbling stone fountain exudes tranquil harmonies, the staff at Bella Nova Day Spa & Retreat welcomes clients into a warmly lit lobby swathed in red curtains and a plush oriental rug. Owner Julie Puccio purveys a host of clinical and traditional beautifying treatments within the spa's private treatment rooms and Vichy shower, including facials, firming body wraps, and complete salon services for men, women, and children. Gauzy curtains drape over massage beds where clients can receive one of Bella Nova's nine massage modalities to help regulate energy flow and disprove the myth that tiny balloon animals dwell just beneath the skin's surface.