Q. What are Bricks 4 Kidz® After School Classes? A. Bricks 4 Kidz® offers creative and challenging classes using LEGO® bricks, motors and remote controls. We provide a unique learning environment where qualified teachers inspire imagination and invention. We make learning fun.
Q. How long is a Bricks 4 Kidz® class? A. Bricks 4 Kidz® classes last for one hour.
Q. How do I sign my child up for a Bricks 4 Kidz® class? A. Parents can easily register their child online.
Q. Do children keep the models they build? A. For a variety of reasons, this is not possible. Class costs would become prohibitive; also, one major educational goal is to teach children skills they can use to make their own unique creations that will increase in difficulty and complexity over time. If children only have multitudes of models and plans to follow that someone else created for them, they will be less likely to use their knowledge of engineering and how things work to make their own inventions.
Q. Do children get to keep anything, or take anything home? A. Yes. At the beginning of every 4 week session, each child will custom design their own LEGO® minifigure. At the end of every 4 week session, they will keep the minifigure. In addition, t-shirts are available for purchase at a very low cost (every child needs their own Bricks 4 Kidz® t-shirt!). Any stop-motion animation camps and classes will include a DVD copy for each child of their movie.
Q. What ages can sign up for a Bricks 4 Kidz® class? A. Bricks 4 Kidz® offers classes for pre-schoolers (ages 3-5), and elementary age children (ages 6-12).
Q. My child is 5 years old. Can he/she attend an elementary school class? A. Exceptions can be made for younger children that are more advanced with LEGOS®. Bricks4 Kidz® teachers will make final determinations on whether a child meets an exception.
Q. How many times will Bricks 4 Kidz® come to my school each week? A. Bricks 4 Kidz® classes are once per week. Any classes that are cancelled by Bricks 4 Kidz® will be made up at no additional charge to parents.
Q. My children attend our school’s after-school program. Can they still participate in a Bricks 4 Kidz® after-school class? A. Absolutely.
Q. Does Bricks 4 Kidz® require their teachers to undergo background checks? A. Definitely. Every teacher must meet state and county guidelines in order to teach Bricks 4 Kidz® classes. A local background check is required, and Bricks 4 Kidz®, Grand Rapids, Mi, performs national background and record checks through the FBI.
Q. Will my child learn anything, or am I paying for them to sit in a room and play with Lego® bricks? A. Children learn constantly in Bricks 4 Kidz® classes, and have fun doing it. We follow our motto of We Learn, We Build, We Play…with LEGO® bricks. Teachers provide a 15-20 minute themed lessons covering a variety of applicable subject matter. Students build the model of the day with step by step instructions from our proprietary model plans. Students explore their own creativity through free play time. Our classes also provide hands-on applications of math, science, engineering, and technology concepts, as well as opportunities for kids to foster teamwork through partnering with classmates to build models, and increase their problem-solving skills by working through models, which become increasingly complex as their skill levels increase. Additionally, pre-schoolers work with the alphabet and learn more about animals, famous places, and other interesting and educational things.
Q. Do you have a store where I can buy LEGO® bricks, or where my child can come build and play? A. We do not currently have a store location in Grand Rapids, Mi., but we are hoping to have our creativity center open by winter 2011.
Q. What days do you hold classes? A. Generally, classes will mostly be held on weekdays.
Q. Bricks 4 Kidz® does not currently offer classes at my child’s school. How can he/she attend classes? A. Children can attend classes at various other sites around the Grand Rapids Area, including area recreation centers, residential community centers, and local colleges. These will be listed on our schedule. However, these classes occur less often than an after-school program. If your child’s school is not currently offering Bricks 4 Kidz® classes, contact your school administrator. We would be happy to do all we can to accommodate after-school classes in any school.
Q. How can I pay for a Bricks 4 Kidz® class? A. Typically, once you have signed up for class, you will be invoiced for the class fees. You may then pay online by using credit card or echeck, or you may pay by check in person.
Q. What groups can participate in a Bricks 4 Kidz® class or event? A. Any group that wants to hold one. We have scheduled classes for homeschool co-ops, elementary schools, pre-schools, special-needs classes, father-son and father-daughter groups, and more. If you have a group that wants to offer a Bricks 4 Kidz® class or event, we can do it.
Q. Does Bricks 4 Kidz® offer any discounts? A. At times, we will offer specials on early bird registration for our classes and camps. These usually are for a very few days, and if you are enrolled on our mailing list, you will usually receive a special mailing letting you know of our early bird discount period. Contact us for more information about discounts offered.
Q. Are there any fees other than class enrollment costs? A. No. The only other costs associated with a Bricks 4 Kidz® class or event would be for extra optional items, such as a t-shirt. All prices given for classes and events are all-inclusive, and there are never extra fees.
Q. My child missed a class because he/she was sick, we went out of town, etc. Do I have to pay for that class? A. Parents will need to contact us about any makeup classes for absences or credit towards a future class enrollment. Bricks 4 Kidz® cannot refund a class fee for a session that has already been paid in full; if a makeup class is allowed, we will work with the parent to accommodate them in another class.