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What is Jump Smart?
Is Jump Smart a pre-school program?
How did Jump Smart originate?
Is Jump Smart subsidized by School District 75 (Mission)?
Does Jump Smart utilize space that could be used by an elementary
school class?

Is Jump Smart licensed by the Ministry of Health?
How much does Jump Smart cost?
Is there a registration or cancellation fee charged for Jump Smart?
When is Jump Smart offered?
Who is the Jump Smart instructor? What are the Jump Smart instructor's qualifications?
How can a parent add a name to the JS Interest List or register?
How far in advance can a parent add a name to the JS Interest
List or register?

Am I committed to register if my name is on the JS Interest List?
Are there written comments from Jump Smart parents and/or kids?

What is Jump Smart?
Jump Smart is a Kiddikins based program offered by Quest Leisure Ltd. within School District 75 (Mission). Jump Smart has been offered since September 2002. Jump Smart is based solely on Kiddikins - a kinesthetic learning program - and is both academic and played based.

Jump Smart / Kiddikins is based on kinesthetic learning or learning through movement. Curricular topics include recognition of the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes and concepts such as letter sounds, same & different, opposites, rhyming, sign language, simple science and more. For answers to Kiddikins Frequently Asked Questions, click FAQs.

Is Jump Smart a pre-school program?
Jump Smart is described as a 'pre-kindergarten' program for children who are age appropriate to attend Kindergarten the following year.

Jump Smart Mission is offered two times per week for 2.25 hours each time to a class maximum of ten children. Each JS Mission class includes Kiddikins Educational Movement Games and a creative project. JS kids are asked to bring their own healthy snack for the 'nutrition break'.

How did Jump Smart originate?
In June 2002, School District 75 (Mission) requested proposals for a pre-school / pre-kindergarten program to be offered in an elementary school. A proposal based on Kiddikins - a kinesthetic learning program - was submitted by Quest Leisure Ltd. Jump Smart, the proposed name of the Kiddikins based program, was accepted.

Is Jump Smart subsidized by School District 75 (Mission)?
Quest Leisure Ltd. does not receive subsidy from School District 75 (Mission) for the Jump Smart program. Jump Smart is a user-pay program and is paid for by the parents of the children registered. JS is licensed by the Ministry of Health and therefore accepts subsidy for children who qualify for assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security.

School District 75 (Mission) receives funding from Community LINK (Ministry of Education) to partially fund a limited number of participants. Parents can contact Quest Leisure Ltd. re: subsidy criteria.

Does Jump Smart utilize space that could be used by an elementary school class?
Jump Smart is offered in an elementary school classroom, but can only be offered if the space is not being used as a classroom. Due to a decrease in elementary student enrollment, several classrooms within the district are designated as being closed by School District Administrators. Jump Smart is located in an available classroom in the elementary school.

As a Kiddikins based program, Jump Smart requires limited space and furniture. Jump Smart requires only the use of an open area (free of obstacles), two round tables and ten small chairs. Since the academic portion of the program is based on movement, there are no typical 'preschool type centers' (i.e. books, blocks, water, sand, dress-up, kitchen, etc.). Because there are no centers, the room is available for multi-purpose use by the school or other members of the community when not being used by Jump Smart.

Is Jump Smart licensed by the Ministry of Health?
Jump Smart Mission is licensed by the Ministry of Health and complies with requirements of the Community Care Facilities Act (CCFA). Jump Smart Deroche is currently closed due to low enrollment in the area.

How much does Jump Smart cost?
Jump Smart is made up of three sets:

  • Set I (September to November)
  • Set II (January to March)
  • Set III (April to June).
The cost of Jump Smart Mission (2008/09) is $300/set/child or three payments of $100/child    

Is there a registration fee charged for Jump Smart?
There is a $25 registration fee charged to names transferred from the JS Interest List to the JS Registration List ( 2008/09).

When is Jump Smart offered?
Jump Smart Mission offered

  • T/Th 8:45-11 a.m.
  • T/Th 11:15-1:30 p.m.
  • T/Th 2:00 - 4:15 p.m.
  • W/F 8:45-11 a.m.
  • W/F 11:15-1:30 p.m.

Jump Smart Deroche is currently closed due to low enrollment in the area. JS Deroche is typically offered

  • *W/F 2:30-4:30 p.m. (closed)

Who is the Jump Smart instructor? What are the Jump Smart instructor's qualifications?

Jump Smart is instructed by early childhood educator Chantal Beamer (a.k.a. Miss Chantal).

Miss Chantal, an ECE graduate since 2000, started working with Jump Smart during the 2006/07 school year. Miss Chantal is an energetic, responsible, nurturing educator who is keen on having children physically active in a fun play based learning program. Miss Chantal is the licensed manager for both JS Mission and JS Deroche.

Jump Smart is supervised, administered and assisted by Kim Kirk (a.k.a. Miss Kim). Miss Kim graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE). Since graduating, Miss Kim has worked in the field of recreation specializing in children’s programs. As well as working with Jump Smart, Miss Kim is also the creator of Kiddikins – the kinesthetic learning program – and director of Quest Leisure Ltd.

How can a parent add a name to the JS Interest List or register?
Parents can add their child's name to the JS Interest List or register for the upcoming year by calling Quest Leisure Ltd. at 604-852-5547 or by emailing

How far in advance can a parent add a name to the JS Interest List or register?
Names are continuously added to the JS Interest List and registration list throughout the year. Quest Leisure Ltd. accepts names on the JS Interest List as far as four years in advance!

Am I committed to register if my name is on the JS Interest List?
The JS Interest List is a list of parents who are 'interested' in the Jump Smart program. By having your name on the JS Interest List, a space is held for your child in a preferred class. Quest Leisure Ltd. understands that circumstances occasionally change and that a parent may request that their child's name be removed from the list.

There is a "registration fee" charged to names transferred from the JS Interest List to the JS Registration List.

Are there written comments from Jump Smart parents and/or kids?
The following is a list of written comments given by parents and/or kids who have participated in the Jump Smart program:

  • Parent AV: (My son) has always been eager to learn, this program has given him the tools to continue to 'feed' his brain. He loves to go to school and bring home all the knowledge that he has captured. He has learned soooo much, beyond what I could have imagined. I love the atmosphere and the curriculum that the teacher and program coordinator have created for the kids. I would seriously recommend this program to anyone! (He's probably smarter than me now!)
    Child KV: I love school!
  • Parent AS: (My daughter) loves school! She comes home talking about all the fun she had and telling me about all the games she played. When I ask her what she has learned she has no shortage of things to tell me. She's constantly writing and is now reading!! I can't say enough good things about the program.
    Child KS: I like school.
  • Parent NH: TOTAL PACKAGE DEAL!! Mental, physical, social for my child. I felt so good dropping him off every week, I've pre-waitlisted my new baby now!
  • Parent LH: I can't say enough good things about this program! (My daughter) has enjoyed all three sets and I've enjoyed seeing her excitement and enthusiasm to learn and grow in each set. She's more than ready for kindergarten. I also appreciate the positive reinforcement of choosing healthy snacks.
    Child EH: I like all the games.
  • Parent SK: I have participated with (the program) previously and the transition for my first son into kindergarten went wonderfully. I am again thankful that my second son is involved in the same positive, caring, educational introductory to school.
    Child TK: What I like best is…. Everything.
  • Parent MH: I have nothing but excellent things to say about (the program), both of our children have been in the program and the kids really benefit from it. They learn everything to get them ready for kindergarten and it's fun, I don't think the kids even know they are learning anything due to the way it's taught, and that way is through exercise and games. I also like the fact that they promote a healthy lifestyle not just through exercise but also eating healthy foods and it sticks with them as they grow older. Our daughter went through the program a couple of years ago and she and her friends will still eat fruits and veggies first before they go on to the sweets. (The teachers) are excellent educators and my kids have really benefited by going through the program.
  • Parent NR: My child has learned the letter sounds with fun interactive games. The teachers were great and (the program) will definitely help my child enter kindergarten with ease.
    Child ER: I like the running games and art.
  • Parent LH: (My son) thoroughly enjoys attending (the program). At times while doing housework, I hear him singing the days of the week and also the months. He looks forward to attending twice a week. When I pick him up he always tells me he had 'fun'.
    Child AB: I like (the teachers). I like learning and having fun!
  • Parent MB: This program has helped our children's development in an excellent way - they learned a lot and prepared them very well for kindergarten.
    Child AB: He really enjoyed every class. The teacher's make learning a lot of fun.
  • Parent - JG: My daughter has attended the 'Jump Smart' program for the past school year. She has had a lot of fun learning the basic skills and more to prepare her for Kindergarten and the rest of her life! The program concept of learning through physical exercise has provided a great learning environment, producing fantastic results. It has also provided and encouraged fine motor skills through the wonderful crafts made during the program. The program has enhanced (my daughter's) life and ours as a family - seeing what (she) has learnt and how this has been done in such a unique program. Many thanks Miss Kim - your enthusiasm, endless energy and fun personality (not forgetting all that organization) has had great rewards for the children and families of Mission. We thank you!

  • Parent - LH: Our son looks forward to going to class everyday. We are very pleased with everything that he has learned from the Jump Smart program. Our son is very active and we don't believe that he would have been able to maintain focus in a conventional preschool setting. We believe the constant movement kept him focused while increasing his enjoyment.
    Child - JH: Miss Kim's class is cool. She taught me how to write my name. Miss Kim is great.

  • Parent - SB: I'm amazed at how much (my daughter) has learned. She knows all of her letters by sound, sight and sign. Learning was made fun - (my daughter) believed that all along it was a game - not work - not hard - not a chore - not competitive. She liked all the interesting snacks and loved the kids. School was a happy atmosphere that encouraged individuality. I personally liked that the room was not stuffed with toys, instead the lessons were taught using little sticks and strings and ropes - simplicity, as not to confuse or overwhelm the kids. I'm impressed at the teacher's ideas and creativity. The fact that she puts her ideas in motion is so unique and to be admired. Her approach to teaching is wholesome and simple and so extremely effective. I feel that (my daughter) has exceeded what I expected her to learn. Good - no - Great job Kim!
    Child - ES: It's nice there we play games and have a snack and it's a nice start. Miss Kim is nice - she plays games. I learned how to count and do letters. I'm going to miss Miss Kim and my whole school.

  • Parent - KK: As a parent of this program, I love it! It's great, (my daughter) has been to a couple other regular pre-schools and being as shy as she is, was not as social as I liked. When I brought (her) here, she has become more talkative and is willing to learn. She has learned a lot and I'm very impressed. She has learned to identify the alphabet and really likes copying letters and words. This is a great program because of the great organization and structure.
    Child - SK: (She) likes to learn because Miss Kim is a good teacher. And the games they play are really fun and still teach us things. She likes the use of energy while learning.

  • Parent - JD: I can't say enough about Kiddikins. Thank you Kim! I have seen another side of (my son) open up and blossom. He has learned to count, say the alphabet, color in the lines, count in Spanish, learn to follow direction, listen and cooperate in a class room. I am so proud of (him). The exercise and water is a great idea to promote healthy children.
    Child - TE: I like bringing show & tell. I like running. I like the snacks.

  • Parent - WG: It's great! My child is benefiting tremendously!

  • Parent - JR: I felt that Jump Smart played an important role in introducing my child to the school environment in anticipation of his first year in school at kindergarten this September. I felt that the activities presented were both age appropriate and challenging by presenting games and play in a structured group environment perfect for learning how to interact and play in a peer group as would be the case in school. The instructor was both friendly and professional and had no problem capturing the children's attention and imagination! I would highly recommend this program - especially for rural communities!
    Child - DR: I liked Miss Kim and I'm sad she won't be my teacher for kindergarten. I liked jumping 'cause it was Jump Smart and it was smart and fun too.

  • Parent - CR: We love that (our daughter) can learn social skills and be introduced to letters, numbers, matching and comparing all while getting exercise. She is becoming more and more inquisitive about everything. My husband is also impressed with the safety measures taken in the classroom.
    Child - RR: (She) loves to match animals to their homes, counting Spanish like Dora the Explorer and learning signs, but she wants to be better at butterfly. She also likes to make letters with ropes.

  • Parent - CM: My son learned more in the half a year at Jump Smart that he did at preschool (which was double the time and more than double the cost) and all the while he just thought he was playing. Miss Kim was great with all the kids and took the time to also talk with the parents. I thought it was wonderful that the program took place in the school in which my son will be attending kindergarten, so he is already familiar with the environment. Jump Smart's kinesthetic learning style really worked, and I also have two smaller children that will definitely be joining Jump Smart when they are of age. I will also be spreading the word.
    Child - RM: I played lots of games and lots of exercise, I love Miss Kim and she is nice. I love going to Jump Smart, it's lots of fun.

  • Parent - EP: A great learning experience for (my son)... organized, physical, educational fun time. Too bad it wasn't a longer time period!

  • Parent - AD: My son constantly uses his 'learning through movement' through out the day - we have almost missed our bus because he had to stop and make a circle by walking the outline of the shape! He has commented several times that he prefers to go to Jump Smart because his previous preschool was 'BORING'.
    Child - PD: I love making Banana Dogs with jam.

  • Parent - HN: Upon completion of the Jump Smart program, we feel our son is totally prepared for kindergarten. He learned so much, all while he was having fun. It was the perfect introduction to school for the whole family, and by participating in a group he learned the appropriate behavior. I wish that every child could attend and thus benefit from the Jump Smart program. It's a solid foundation for any and every child's education. Jump Smart is truly a preschool program.
    Child - EH: I really liked the exercise square games and the bubble game was my favorite.

  • Parent - LW: Jump Smart was the best pre-kindergarten program for my son. He loved attending (even more so than his pre-school and sports programs) and showed his grandparents and Mommy's friends what he had learned. Many adults were impressed with his sign language. I have bragged about Jump Smart to my friends with young kids and have encouraged them to place their sons and daughters in it. Thank you Miss Kim!
    Child - DW: I thought it was really good. Animal Match and Animal Places were really good. They were the best games I played.

  • Parent - WW: The program is unbelievable. Miss Kim is so professional. There is nothing about Jump Smart that I didn't love.
    Child - DW: Miss Kim is beautiful and nice and I love her. And I love Jump Smart.

  • Parent - TM: Jump Smart is a unique program that makes learning easy and fun. The coordinator is a wonderful teacher and a friend. If I had to, I would do it all over again. (My daughter) and I are very pleased with it.

  • Parent - DM: Jump Smart is an awesome program run by an incredibly patient & caring instructor, Kim Kirk. (My son) really enjoyed the learning through movement and always enjoyed participating. I strongly feel that he has received excellent preparation for his upcoming Kindergarten year.

  • Parent - MM/LZ: Thank you Jump Smart! I met Kim Kirk, the Jump Smart programs creator, a little over a year ago (when) she was at our local mall demonstrating some of the basic fundamentals of her unique, innovative learning program. My son, who was with me at the time, showed an eagerness to participate and tried his hand at the educational games that were part of this simple and well-organized demonstration. In no time at all he was involved in a learning game and I was amazed at his interest and enthusiasm for the program not to mention how fun it was for both of us. As we all know by now the building blocks to a child's successful future are crucial within the first 6 to 7 years, not only does this program incorporate the unique dynamics of learning and exercise it also demonstrated to me a solid work ethic in a totally relaxed, fun educational environment. The limited class size and one on one instruction are another key element to this wonderful learning experience, which also influenced our decision to enroll him in the program.

    Our son has been an active participant in the program since September and has learned so much, not only from a mental aspect but a physical one as well. We strongly believe in the Jump Smart program and feel it is instrumental in his educational enthusiasm, knowledge and personal development. He writes, spells, counts, likes to draw, enjoys physical activity and is constantly challenging himself to achieve more and more everyday. It amazed us that a child could learn so quickly and easily with this program along with a drive for physical activity at only age 4. The other aspect of this great program is the encouragement of the parents to participate, follow and understand our own child's all-important development through all aspects of the curriculum. It is our hope that by the new calendar school year in September, when he begins attending kindergarten at our local school, that the Jump Smart program will have a continuing influence in his life - be it an after-school program or an evening class of which we wouldn't hesitate to enroll him in. One thing is certain, the building blocks that the Jump Smart program has instilled in our child's personal growth and future are something we feel will last a lifetime.
    Child - DM: I like the games. The classes are fun. I like the kids and think Miss Kim is really nice.

  • Parent - CW: My child looked forward to Jump Smart. He is very active - loves to run around - so this program fit him to a "T". He definitely learned the sounds the letters make, cooperation games, puzzles and all the games played. He enjoyed also that they are learning while having fun. Miss Kim taught all my kids. Miss Kim was wonderful then and still going strong. Kids love her.
    Child - MC: "Is Jump Smart today Mom?" - every day it's the same question - he is excited to go to Jump Smart!

  • G-Parent - CP: I have been thrilled to see my granddaughter participate in the Jump Smart program. I have appreciated the small class of 8, the structure of the program, the amazing & fun ways in which Miss Kim is able to teach and hold their attention. These children are learning so many skills - while playing and having fun!! Learning should be fun!! Miss Kim obviously enjoys teaching - what a blessing for the children! I would highly recommend this program.

  • Parent - DH: Kim Kirk is a phenomenal early childhood educator. She intuitively knows how to reach each child & bring out the best in all. Her repertoire of educational methods are very creative, seem endless, and are more than what is necessary for kindergarten (e.g. sign language). Thank you for the wonderful experiences and memories!
    Child - NH: Miss Kim is nice. I like the action 'z'. I liked sharing & my pictures & painting. I was a little nervous on presentation days because of all the people but I did it and it felt good.

  • Parent - AS: This program was ideal for our daughter who is full of energy. She was learning while exercising. The games were such a great learning tool, not only with academics but also in interacting with others. She learned opposites, ABC's, numbers and healthy food choices. She is now printing her name and words and sounding out words. It has given her a great advantage before entering kindergarten. We have already registered our son for (the year after next).
    Child - JS: I learned my ABCs and my numbers, and to not pick (my friend) up! I liked everything. The parties were the best.

  • Parent - JG: My daughter has learnt so much from this program. From the 2nd and 3rd set she picked up quickly on the alphabet and was able to recognize the letters and the sounds each one makes. She learnt shapes, number, signs language and most important met great friends.
    Child - AS: I enjoyed the exercises, the painting and projects. I liked celebrating Miss Kim's birthday. I enjoyed meeting new kids and making friends.

  • Parent - SE: Jump Smart has improved (my daughter's) social skills, she learned how to interact with other kids in her class. She has grown so much since starting this program, and really enjoyed herself. Everything was taught through activities including actions which the kids seemed to respond very well to. We are very happy with the results.

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