Olivia loves attending Children’s Garden Buds virtual school.  Ms. Lesley is amazing at engaging Olivia in a fun, educational and creative way.  My older children are Children’s Garden Nursery School graduates, which provided them with a strong educational foundation that they continue to benefit from.  I am very grateful Olivia has had exposure to a Children’s Garden program to prepare her for kindergarten and beyond.

Lesley has done an incredible job engaging the children during online learning. She is patient and very inclusive. She ensures all the children are taking part and somehow manages to come up with activities that are fun and easily translated to the virtual platform. In a few short weeks, our 2.5-year-old daughter has learned how to properly hold a pencil and has drawn her first “real picture!” She is so proud of what she has accomplished and so are we! Thank you, Lesley and Children’s Buds!

Our four-year-old is excited and delighted to join her virtual preschool sessions, and eagerly participates in the activities. We’re impressed at how much learning (phonics, writing mechanics, literacy behaviours) and fun can be packed into 30-minute sessions, and online ones at that.

Our daughter attended Children’s Garden prior to the pandemic and absolutely loved it. This year, she’s participated in a number of different virtual classes through Children’s Garden Buds. This was important to me because she’s entering JK next year without having been in a classroom setting this year. She was a little hesitant to engage during the first few classes, because of the virtual aspect. But that quickly passed and she absolutely loves it. Ms. Lesley is engaging and thoughtful. She puts an incredible amount of work into each class and adjusts accordingly depending on how silly the kids may be feeling on a particular day. Our daughter now talks about her class during the weekend and looks forward to sharing her “homework assignment” with Ms. Lesley or getting dressed up for “pyjama day” or “silly hat day”.  I have enrolled her in a class since the very beginning of the Buds program and will continue to do so for as long as the classes are offered. I feel that the classes have prepared her for taking instruction from a teacher and being in a “classroom” setting. I’ve also seen her become excited about working on her letters and numbers, something that previously took some encouragement. And of course, as has been our experience over the years, Pauline Foulkes, the principal at Children’s Garden is absolutely wonderful and closely manages the day-to-day ongoings of the program. Overall, I would very highly recommend the Buds program!