Left to their own devices, children would educate themselves according to their immediate interests, creating a generation of unemployed princesses, superheroes, and dinosaurs. Keep your offspring's options open with today's Groupon: for $50, your child gets one week in your choice of program at Kids 'R' Kids (up to a $225 value). Choose from one of 29 locations.
Kids 'R' Kids nurtures the development of its tiny clients by providing a secure, educational environment. Each kid-friendly employee is certified in first aid and CPR, and many have training in areas such as early-childhood education and classroom management, helping them react with aplomb to classroom conundrums such as students running with scissors, juggling scissors, or selling counterfeit scissors on the black market. Kids 'R' Kids extends its brain-boosting educational offerings to kids from 6 weeks to 12 years old, including curricula such as an infant program, a toddler program, and a before- and after-school program for kids age 5–12. A variety of specialized programs focus on topics such as health and fitness, foreign languages, and computers—three growth industries in a world increasingly dominated by Spanish-speaking, baseball-obsessed robots.
Summer camps continue the education, providing activities that range from team building to learning about the arts. Most Kids 'R' Kids locations also let doting parents keep a watchful electronic eye on their younglings thanks to a password-protected Internet camera, allowing them to ensure their children are learning valuable social and cognitive skills, forming healthy bonds with schoolmates, and staying above the influence of unsavory imaginary friends. Parents can drop off their precocious progeny as early as 6 a.m. and retrieve them as late as 6:30 p.m. Though programs vary by location, Kids 'R' Kids provides all meals, snacks, and field-trip costs that may arise, as well as transportation to and from school. Check with your location for more information.
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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.