Hopscotch was started in 2007 to expose young children to art, music, and movement activities. Initially working with the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Council in North Clairemont to re-establish the Tiny Tots program there in 2007, we also started offering classes in Carmel Valley in September 2011. In 2014, we expanded our Tiny Tots classes to include the City of Poway Community Center. In addition to our Recreation/Community Center Tiny Tots, we offer free 30-minute sessions at the Rancho Bernardo Library on Monday afternoons at 3:30pm, the Serra Mesa Library on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30pm, the Linda Vista Library on Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm, and the North University Community Library on every third Wednesday at 5:30pm.
We also offer free science enrichment sessions for ages 4-9 via our STEAM2 Academy at several libraries throughout the City of San Diego; check the STEAM2 Academy website for dates/times.
With more than twenty years of experience working with children, I am very excited to work with you and your child on creative art, music, movement, simple science, and more!
- Kimberly Mann Bruch
Kimberly Mann Bruch. Kim was a nanny and babysitter for many years in Kentucky and Wyoming prior to moving to San Diego. She has a BA (1994) from Western Kentucky University and an MA (2002) from San Diego State University. She is CPR and First-Aid certified, holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, and regularly attends local community college childhood development classes to continue her education on best practices in early childhood education programs.
She has worked with young children in an array of educational settings - ranging from Tiny Tots classes at City of San Diego Recreation Centers and Public Libraries to science/history outreach sessions at local Native American Learning Centers and National Park Service sites. In addition to running Hopscotch San Diego, she worked with a National Science Foundation research project at UC San Diego from 1999-2013 as well as the NASA-funded California Space Grant Consortium and loves sharing space studies with the Tiny Tots! Most recently, Kim worked with a British organization called Frontier and taught English to young children in Fiji, where the native language is Fijian. For the latter work, she was named Volunteer of the Week (February 2016) and the interview is found here. Her next overseas teaching adventure took place in Summer 2016 in a small Costa Rican village and she was super eager to share her lessons learned upon returning to San Diego!
Born in Tennessee and raised in Kentucky, Kim has lived in San Diego since 1998. For fun, she enjoys playing the piano, building sandcastles at the beach, exploring the tidepools, baking banana bread, sewing, running distance, and listening to loud Ray Charles music. And, she really likes chocolate. :)
Contact. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-336-0053.
Video. Check out the Hopscotch San Diego slideshow to learn more about us!
Parent Feedback. We asked parents to give us some comments on the class. Here's what a few of them had to say:
"After interviewing 11 other preschools in the area for my then 2.5 year old daughter, I enrolled her in another program that had met my rigorous criteria (which is extensive, as a former educator)...but...pulled her out just three days later. There are a lot of schools in the area that are seemingly impressive with their facilities...at the end of the day, as a parent, the most important thing is to find teachers who will do right by your child. While you'd think that's standard practice, it's rarer than you'd think, but it's right there at Hopscotch.
Ms. Kim and her staff are endearing, attentive, and respectful to every one of their students. From day one, my typically attached-at-the-hip and somewhat shy daughter felt welcomed and included. Ms. Kim greets every student at the door every morning, and gets down to their level to either ask how they're doing, what they did over the weekend, tells them jokes or stories to make them laugh, or perhaps notices that they're wearing new shoes that day. To make a child feel special is a gift on its own, and yet she has the ability to make every student in her classroom feel appreciated, understood, and important. She then tells them about what to expect for the day (i.e. letter of the day book, theme of the month, projects they'll do, songs they'll sing, books they'll read), which helps students transition from saying bye to mom or dad to all the exciting activities they can look forward to.
Ms. Kim is always prepared and never exasperated. She is inviting, calm, and has a sense of humor that's contagious. In communication with parents, she is easily approachable, honest, and open to suggestions. She works with each family closely to ensure their child is getting everything they need out of their preschool experience.
My daughter has been attending Hopscotch Tiny Tots for over a year and a half. In that time, I have seen her blossom into a polite, responsible, and articulate little girl who believes in herself. She has an "I can do it!" spirit in large part because of the sense of capability and independence she's learned at school. At the same time, Ms. Kim encourages students to strengthen their social skills by collaborating over solutions so they can resolve problems with their peers, partnering up to accomplish a task, and creating an environment where teamwork is deemed significant.
Hopscotch Tiny Tots has been a blessing to my family, and I recommend it 100%." -Parent, February 2016
"My three-year-old daughter enjoys Miss Kim's class every week - she looks forward to the time with the kids, stories, and songs. It is a wonderful introduction to school and I also enjoy the time alone as she does with her friends. We love the program!" -Parent, November 2012
"I like Tiny Tots because of the fun and caring environment. My daughter loves the teacher and the kids!" -Parent, September 2010
"Tiny Tots is a great program! Miss Kim gives all of the kids so much love and fun!! My daughter loves this program and it has helped her so much." -Parent, May 2009
"I love Tiny Tots because it provides a great environment for my children to learn and grow before entering school." -January 2007
And, there are several Yelp reviews about our preschool program for you to see, too!