Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning Centers’ numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids to feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
At first glance, Pettit Creek Farms looks much the same as other farms. Cows moo and goats bleat from the barnyard, while wagons full of hay and passengers trundle along. But then someone rides by on a camel. A zebra cranes its striped neck over a fence, searching for handfuls of oats, and KatieBird the emu ruffles her feathers at passersby.
It's around the holidays that this unusual farm becomes its most active. In the fall, as the temperature drops and the pumpkin patch ripens, visitors can be seen perusing the squashes and heard trying to navigate the winding corn maze. And, come winter, the farm fires up thousands of Christmas lights, creating a mile-long wonderland for visitors to drive through.
Jumble Jumps' indoor play center houses a wealth of inflatable structures where children can bounce off the walls to their hearts' content in a fun and safe environment. Bounce houses and slides give youngsters ages 12 and younger the opportunity to fling their frames against, down, and through soft, inflated architecture; obstacle courses present them with a formidably bouncy challenge. Tykes can take a break from jumping to work their way through the daunting levels of kid-friendly video games or to scoop up heaps of toys to later trade for pleated slacks.
Medical Career Specialists’ team of instructors has one mission: to prepare students for medical-certification tests and future careers, all in one week or less. The nine different medical programs, which begin every week on Saturday, train students in a variety of professions, from EKG technician to medical-lab assistant. Within five days, students can learn about the complexities and procedures required of a surgical technician, or train to become a certified pharmacy technician. Additionally, the center also provides CPR and first-aid classes.
Culled from Colombia, Mexico, and the French-speaking quarter of the College of Charleston, the staff at Foreign Language Adventure specializes in Spanish and French lessons for grade-school students. With classes spread across Roswell, Milton, Marietta, Norcross, and Alpharetta, the teachers cast a wide net and pull up eager pupils as young as 2 years old. During the summer, the schools host half-day camp sessions that liven up the learning process. They also offer adult classes periodically, laying a foundational overview of basic communication to prepare for upcoming vacations, international-business meetings, or kidnappings from UN translators.