Q: How long has your child been learning with BumoBrain?
A: Since it launched! Not exactly sure when that was but around the beginning of the Pandemic.
Q: What classes have they tried?
A: We’ve been in the Success program for a while but in terms of LIVE classes…Amelie has tried almost all of the classes! Sticky Stem, Coding, Bumo Keys, Vietnamese, Magnetiles, Animal Kingdom…
Q: Who is your child’s BumoTeacher?
A: She started with Ms. Joyce (Bumo birdies) and recently moved to Bumo Bunnies class with Ms. Eugnenia.
Q: Why did you decide on these classes?
A: I needed something more consistent for Amelie and having a schedule of at least the 2 classes with a teacher has been great for her. We supplement with Live classes to keep her busy.
Q: Does your child use Bumo as a replacement for in-person learning or as a supplement to their usual education?
A: Since the pandemic happened, we pulled Amelie out of Japanese pre-school so Bumo was definitely a replacement for the in-person classes.
Q: What’s their favorite part about their experience?
A: BumoBrain has been great for our family!!! I don’t know where I would be without it and how Amelie’s education would be. I’m not a teacher so I’m not sure about school curriculums and things but Bumo has amazing worksheets and I can see how much Amelie has grown and I feel that she will definitely excel in school when it becomes in person again.
Q: What’s your favorite part about their experience/the Bumo curriculum?
A: I love how excited Amelie is about Bumo. We have scheduled most of her classes in the morning so she starts her day with doing worksheets and the morning videos. The worksheets are AWESOME!!! While we don’t always watch all the videos in each lesson daily, we appreciate how much work goes into them about how much the videos and characters have evolved. I also appreciate the STEAM activities. We have on and off days but Amelie really loves what things we make when we actually do them! I guess that shows how the flexibility really works well with us.
Q: How have you seen their education with BumoBrain impact their development?
A: In the beginning, I was really concerned about Amelie not speaking so much but I’ve seen her become more and more outgoing in her classes. When we join a different live class she says “ooh! A lot of friends!!!” It’s pretty sad that Amelie hasn’t had much REAL interaction with anyone else besides her older sister during the pandemic but she seems to be more outgoing during her classes now. I really appreciate how the teachers are great at presenting problems as the friends helping each other. How the teachers talk during class and react when the kids don’t really answer or are doing something distracting is really impressive and I am so grateful for their patience!
Q: What are your goals for your child as they continue learning with Bumo?
A: For now, I just want to keep Amelie busy while also LEARNING. I didn’t want to just have her watch TV all day. I wanted to make sure she was developing educational-wise (is that even a word?) and building skills that will prepare her for Kindergarten.
Q: What would you share with other parents who are curious about trying Bumo?
A: I’ve been such a Bumo supporter since the beginning. Not only because I wanted to support Chriselle but I truly believed that Bumo has helped my child during this pandemic. I know a lot of parents are concerned that they are too busy and don’t want to have to sit with their child during classes but to be honest, it’s only like 30 minutes of your day to sit with your child and watch them engage during class. In the beginning I would sit next to Amelie to make sure she wasn’t doing anything distracting, or turning off her camera, but now, I can just set up the computer and she can independently participate in class without me watching over her like a Tiger Mom. I honestly believe that kids need routine and this pandemic has been really hard on all of us. I know that as moms we have SO MUCH TO DO, but Bumo really helped Amelie by helping us create a routine learning environment for her. I often see moms asking in FB groups about classes young kids can take for certain topics and I’m always in there answering BUMOBRAIN!
Q: Why do you prefer Bumo over the others?
A: I heard some friends tried OUTSCHOOL or something. I kept seeing ads on FB, but felt those classes were kind of just ONE class at a time, and we weren’t looking for something like that.
Q: Does your child participate in any other programs with Bumo?
A: She is in the Birdie Success Program and receives 9 lives classes a month. We’ve started to get the hang of it and she really likes BumoKeys, Magnetiles and Animal Kingdom.
Q: What has Bumo’s impact been on you/your child’s/your family’s lives since the Pandemic/Virtual Learning?
A: It’s been a LIFESAVER!!!!! Our entire family contributes to Amelie’s Bumobrain activities now. Her grandfather is in charge of printing the worksheets. If my husband and I are busy, grandma helps her complete the worksheets. Her dad helps her with the STEAM arts & crafts daily now. I used to do all of it but realized that delegating work with our family has really been great for Amelie.
Q: What other classes/programs would you like to see from Bumo in the future?
A: JAPANESE CLASSES!!!!!
Q: How could we make you/your child’s experience better?
A: So far I think it’s great!!!!
Q: How do you foresee your child’s future with Bumo?
A: I would like to continue at least the live classes with Bumo when Amelie starts Elementary school, but it will depend how busy we are.
Q: What do you feel is your child’s biggest benefit from learning with Bumo?
A: I can’t even describe it. Amelie is just SO excited about BUMO. She loves Snakey and wormy. She feels so confident when she completes her worksheets by herself. She has been loving Ms. Eugenia’s class so much!!! She can do her classes independently now and I can hear her laughing and participating in class. Recently she has been enjoying Mr. Andy’s class too. I feel that Bumo really created something that was a perfect substitute for in person learning. It basically feels like the best homeschool experience.