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!
550 Sleepy Hollow RdPittsburgh, PA 15228
From Business: Mt. Lebanon Montessori School has been providing a variety of educational opportunities since 1976. The school serves more than 150 families and works for the dev…
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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.
We love Social Butterflies! We have been going to Miss Melanie's class for over a year now and plan to keep going until my daughter enters PreSchool. When we first started, my daughter was only about 20 months old. She didn't participate a lot, but preferred to play with other toys and 'do her own thing' while watching and 'learning' what was going on. And just when I didn't really think she was paying attention to the class at all...I would hear her singing one of the songs when we got back home! Although I always felt bad that she was not participating in the class, Miss Melanie didn't mind at all. She knows that kids that age love to have fun things to do, but also that they want/need to do things on their own terms. Eventually, without any of us forcing her, she started to play along. Now, a year later, she loves to sing the songs and do the dances that she spent so much time observing and learning. And that is what is great about Social Butterflies. Kids have the opportunity to interact and play, yet the freedom to just be a kid without the many pressures that will be placed on them in the (unfortunately) not-too-distant future. This is a GREAT program!
I have been bringing my daughter to this class for over a year and NEVER have we had a bad experience with Miss Melanie OR Teli. We did have an experience with a new member that brought her very ill child in, that was asked very nicely to please take her vomiting child home, and got very angry at the teacher. (Her daughter was vomiting into a ziplock bag...and she then allowed the child to sit next to other children and play) We actually had some regular people leave because of fear of their children getting sick, which my child did a few days later. So thank you to that mom for that. BUT that has been the ONLY instance in over a year of attending these classes. And it was no fault of Miss Melanie OR Teli. They are both fantastic. The class is full of fun, laughter and play at all times. My daughter can't get enough of it. Miss Melanie is always enthuastic and smiling. You can tell that teaching this class brings her joy and happiness. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
Social Butterflies is a wonderful program and we love Miss Melanie! I started taking my older son to Social Butterflies when he was about 2 1/2 years old and and he is now going to be 4 and we also started taking my younger son who is now 2 and they both love this program so much. It has made such a difference in both of my kids lives. They get so excited when they know it is time to go to Social Butterflies and love making the crafts and dancing and singing. Miss Melanie is wonderful and is so patient with the kids. At first my son did not want to interact with the kids or Miss Melanie at all but after he started going a few times and with the help of Miss Melanie he opened up and now cannot wait to go. We loved the program so much that when it was time for us to choose a preschool we knew that it definitely was going to be TELI. He loves the preschool and we love all of the teachers and staff there. TELI and Social Butterflies are a wonderful school and program!
The bottom line when it comes to a good daycare is: are your kids safe and in a loving and nurturing environment? At weekday ministries the answer is a resounding yes. Every single teacher I have encountered there genuinely loves children. I've been impressed with the "curriculum" and while, at first, I thought it silly to call my child's daycare a school, it truly has been a place of learning. My daughter has made good friends at her school and loves going every day. They've also been great at working with me to potty train her, and they are very understanding of the difficult process. I know that my daughter sees her teachers as an extension of our family. If I ever have a concern, no matter how small, her teachers and/or the director are responsive and they have addressed any concern adequately and professionally. I am content knowing that my children are safe and happy when I am at work. This school has been the perfect fit for us.
TELI and the Social Butterfly class with Miss Melanie is wonderful. I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to promote socalization with other children and parents, and anyone looking to teach their children at an early age. Miss Melanie is a perfect fit for this class and I honeslty can't imagine having anyone else teach it. She knows each child and parent by name, welcoming us each week with a big smile. Being a new parent I was so grateful for this class not only for my daughter, but for myself as well. It gets us out of the house to meet other parents and it allows our children to become great friends. I feel like Miss Melanie's class is our other family. I highly recommend this class to anyone!! It is great!
We are very happy with Interplay. Our daughter has grown her way up from the infant to the toddler room. We have another baby on the way and we are sticking with Interplay. The teachers in each room were very kind, patient, affective. Our daughter has learned valuable social and educational skills and she has also been able to express her creativity and her personality. She enjoys going everyday and she has plenty of wonderful stories to tell when she returns. The facility has gone through a location change which was a bit of a tough transition. But, the director and the core teachers have worked together for a great recovery. The facility is a great place for any child, from infancy to preschool.
I have been bringing my grandson to TELI for the past few months. His parents and I were looking for a fun place where he could interact and play with other children. Miss Melanie gives each child individual attention during the session and knows each child's and caregiver's name. My grandson has been learning how to behave in the group (follow directions, share, take turns) and obviously enjoys his time there. Miss Melanie is kind, thoughtful, and well prepared for each session. His experiences at TELI have spilled over at library story times where he is now more attentive and better able to follow the librarian's directions. I would recommend this program to any parent.