Who can take TKC?
What does my child's course fee include?
In what sort of activities will my child participate?
Every activity in The Kids Course is playful but deep in meaning. There will be games that challenge your child’s thinking, team-building exercises, Pillow Talk (where we sit on comfy pillows and discuss “feelings”), creative visualizations, music, interactive exercises, art projects and much more. Each exercise has been purposely chosen to teach basic lessons about life and to give your child a positive awareness of his/her place in the world.
What topics will be covered?
- Building self-esteem and a positive self-awareness
- V.I.P.: How to use Voice, Eyes (I) and Posture to demonstrate confidence
- Feelings: They’re neither right nor wrong…They just are, and everyone experiences them
- Interacting positively with others
- Learning to communicate clearly and the importance of listening
- How to see the people behind the masks they wear
- Grudges and how they hurt me / Forgiveness is for me
- How to be a great leader—and the value of being a great follower
- Group decision-making based on consensus
- My impact in the world and how I can make a difference
All this while making new friends and feeling empowered, special and treasured.
What will you do to insure the safety of my child while in your care?
- When you arrive on Friday night to drop off your child, you are invited to attend a meet-and-greet with the Center owner and the hosting parents.
- Because this entire course is done in a group setting, the kids are together at all times.
- All sleepovers are hosted and/or chaperoned by adults well-known by the Center who are graduates of The Living Course.
- You will be given the name, address and phone number of where you child will be staying for their Friday night sleepover.
- A parental transportation permission slip is required for all attendees.
- When leaving the Center, adults will supervise very small groups so they can be watched over at all times.
- You can be assured that all drivers are licensed and at least 21 years old.
- We employ at least one volunteer Assistant per every two children. (see next question)
How many people will supervise the kids?
Can I be an Assistant for my child’s course?
What are the meal arrangements for the weekend?
SPECIAL NOTE: If necessary, we can provide a peanut-free weekend. Please notify us if your child has a severe nut allergy.
My child takes medication. How will this be handled?
SPECIAL NOTE: If your child has ADD or ADHD and takes medicine when in school but not on weekends, please consider this a school environment and send the appropriate medication for your child. This will ensure that (s)he be able to get the most out of the weekend.
Where will my child stay for the weekend?
Friday night: Your child will join two to four other students of the same gender for a sleepover hosted in a private home. This small group environment provides the children with an opportunity to get to know each other. So much so, that when they return Saturday morning, they are so comfortable and close with each other that it’s like spending the next two days with their best friends.
Saturday night: Your child will participate in a group sleepover hosted at the Center, which includes an age appropriate movie, popcorn and a delivery of special love letters provided by you and other family members. (Shhh…it’s another surprise!) Saturday night is usually a favorite for most of the kids.
SPECIAL NOTE: All sleepovers are hosted and/or chaperoned by adults well-known by the Center who are graduates of The Living Course.
What if my child doesn’t like sleep-overs?
All that being said, we suggest that on Friday night you bring all the necessities for the child to sleep over. Most often, kids who are reticent to stay change their minds after having so much fun and making new friends in just the few short hours the first night. If they do decide to stay, they’ll already have their belongings with them, and we’ll notify you with all the details.
My child doesn't leave home without her iPad or his PSP. Are electronics allowed?
What about cell-phones? What if I need to contact my child during the weekend?
On some occasions—particularly at bedtime—a child might just wish hear a reassuring voice from home. Should that be the case with your child, (s)he only need ask and we will arrange for them to call home during a break.
How will I know what topics have been covered over the weekend?
Why do I need to be there on Sunday?
Can I do anything to help with the weekend?
- Baking cookies for desserts
- Staying for a short time after Friday drop-off to help organize snacks and food
- Be part of the Outside Team who prepares our Saturday dinner BBQ
- Set up, serve and clean up Sunday breakfast or lunch
- Serve as a driver…to the park, to the Friday sleepover, etc.