We have been bringing our twins to the Social Butterflies program @ TELI since they turned 2. We were just looking for a program to introduce them to other children since we didn't have any other young children in our extended family or friends - we got a whole lot more! We met a caring and professional developmentalist who leads the Social Butterflies with so much enthusiasm and an inclusive way of getting the children comfortable in most of theirs first experience with a classroom setting. We have made friends with the other families who participate in this group. Our twins have blossomed and really look forward to the "routine" of this exceptionally fun and creative way of learning! The building offers a safe environment for everybody. You have to be "buzzed" into the locked front door and there is always a staff member at the reception area ready to greet us and offer a friendly and welcoming hello! The "tools" and toys used in this program are in like new condition with just normal wear from everyday use from toddlers and are all age appropriate. The children are exposed to many different items that engage all of their senses. If there has ever been a developmental issue a parent wants to have addressed - I have personally witnessed the develpmentalist chatting with the parent/care-giver one on one after the class. Nobody is every made to feel like their child cannot accomplish the goals of toddlerhoood! The developmentalist we have been privileged to have working with our group is Miss Melanie. Not only does she include everybody in the activities of the day, she knows all of the children's and parent's names by the end of the very first class! Not a small task to accomplish with 12 children and as many adults! Miss Melanie also communicates via email and telephone when appropriate to remind us of special events (parties) or cancellations (due to snow). Miss Melanie is always on top of the schedule and if something happens out of the ordinary - we are always given the option to attend another SB class and our class is always rescheduled so nobody looses any value in the money they have paid to attend. Our twins will age out of this program by the end of summer and I can truly say we have gained much more than we have given to this program and we will truly miss Miss Melanie and her wonderful way of working with us. We know this is her job, but you could never tell that with the way she intereacts with everybody and how she puts so much personal attention in everything that she does! If you are looking for an introductory program to expose your child to a fun, safe and caring school environment you would spend your time well to check out the Social Butterflies program at TELI!
I am a grandmother who attends with my daughter and her twins @ TELI's Social Butterflies program. I have 4 children of my own, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. I have nothing but praise for this program run by Miss Melanie through TELI. During the time that I have been attending (almost 2 years now) Miss Melanie has always welcomed new children and their parents or other care-giver, she encourages the children to participate in all of the activities - but doesn't push anybody and understands that children come around on their own time and in their own ways. She is always available to lend a helping hand if somebody is having a particularly hard time and is quick to step up and help a parent that attends with more than one child whether they are a set of twins or an older child and younger sibling. Miss Melanie allows the children to explore on their own and then draws everybody into the group and encourages the children to use all of their developmental abilities. I have witnessed parents be amazed at how their children have grown through this program and I have witnessed the children progress and grow into their own abilities. Miss Melanie also encourages and welcomes all the adults whether they are the parent (moms and dads), the grandparent, an Aunt or babysitter - everybody is made to feel welcomed and a part of the group and an integral part in that child's life! I know my grandchildren have greatly benefitted from this program and love Miss Melanie. It would be wonderful if every child had an opportunity to participate this class!
After reading the negative review about TELI and the Social Butterfly class, I was absoutely shocked. It is completely NOT true AT ALL. It was obviously written by someone (and we know who it was) who has NO idea what TELI is about or who Miss Melanie even is. Seriously. My daughter has been attending these classes for over a year and I can not begin to express to anyone that is looking at these classes how WONDERFUL Miss Melanie is and what she has done for my daughter. My daughter asks me on a daily basis when she gets to go back to school to see Miss Melanie and all her friends. Miss Melanie is a FANTASTIC teacher and I can't recommend her enough. She teaches songs that my daughter sings at home, the children play with instruments, they dance and march, they have craft time and enjoy snacks while they hear a story. They also play in the school's gym with all kinds of equipment and a parachute. I have nothing but wonderful things to say abotu this class because it is WONDERFUL!. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone that is looking to have their children socialize and to begin to learn at an early age. Miss Melanie has a huge heart and is a fantastic teacher. And I will say it again, I can't recommend this program enough. I wish there were more than 5 stars to rate this program...I would give it 10.