Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ: What time are your classes?
Tuesdays at 4:30pm EST (3:30pm EST) for ages 12+
Wednesdays at 4:30pm EST (3:30pm CST)
Thursdays at 1:30pm EST (12:30pm CST)
Fridays at 1:30pm EST (12:30pm CST)
Self Paced - any time you want!
FAQ: How often do your classes meet?
Classes meet once a week, typically for 3 weeks.
FAQ: Can I take multiple classes in a week?
You can, although the material is the exact same for the whole week. If families take multiple days of the week, it is encouraged to pay per day that is joined.
FAQ: Is there a recommended age range for this class?
Any age is welcome! Playing with LEGO® bricks is a family event. Excited younger siblings may want to join -- and that's great! However, Tuesdays at 4:30pm EST are specifically reserved for students ages 12+.
FAQ: My student has special needs -- can you accomodate them?
Absolutely! I personally have children who are both neurodiverse and have medical disabilities. I understand how important accomodations can be! Please reach out to me with ways that I can support your family well. If you have a child who needs a basic overview of the class format, I am happy to send them a recording they can preview.
Additionally, here is a script you can share with them:
1. Hi! I'm Ms. Bethany! I love building LEGO creations. In fact, I have a whole room in my house dedicated to LEGO bricks! I love teaching, too. Here is a look at how class works.
2. There will be anywhere from 10-30 kids in a class. Since that is a lot of kids, everyone's mic will be muted from the beginning so we can hear whoever is talking. I start the class off by asking the "Question of the Day." This is a "Would You Rather" question that deals with our topic. Since one week we talked about clocks, the question was: "Would you rather have a Smart Watch or a Grandfather Clock Made of Gold?" This takes a few minutes and it's a fun way for me to test that everyone's mic is working. Plus, it's a lot of fun!
3. After the Question of the Day I will show some building ideas, point out a few techniques, and show the build that I personally made.
4. Then I will share my screen. You can see some pictures really big (and my face will be smaller). I talk about our topic and show lots of pictures. Sometimes I will ask Yes/No questions and you can vote giving a thumbs up or thumbs down. You can raise your hand at any time to ask a question (or use the chat to talk to me).
5. While I'm talking and showing pictures, you can be busy building. Some students like to move around while they build, some like to sit, and some like to stand. You can either build BEFORE class or DURING class -- either works! A lot of students start the build BEFORE class because they get distracted by all the fun stories I tell.
6. After I'm done talking about our topic, I will ask students to raise their hand to show me that they are done making their LEGO build. I write their names down on a list and go to students in that order. You will hold your build up to the camera, explain your build, and interact with me. If you don't feel like talking that day, that's okay! Just let me know in the chat.
7. We will also take a class photo. Everyone holds up their builds. If you're not done when we take the class photo, don't worry! Just hold up what you have in progress or just smile. After class I send out a recap email that includes the class photo, a building challenge, and any YouTube videos that I think might be fun to share about our topic.
8. If you want an extra building challenge, I encourage students to build something in advance for the upcoming week's topic and have their parent send me a picture. I try to include those pictures in my slides the next week.
FAQ: If my child has a friend over, can they join in?
Absolutely! Interactive Bricks relies on word of mouth advertising. If your friend would like to join a class on your screen to see how it works, they are welcome!
FAQ: What happens if I miss a class?
After each class a recap email is sent to parents with a class photo of builds, a review of the classroom lesson, links to going deeper with the material at home, a preview of the next week, and a recorded video of the week's lesson.
FAQ: Once I've registered and paid tuition, what do I need to do to be ready for class?
1. Download the free Zoom app to your tablet or computer (with a camera). Make sure it is updated.
2. Look for a reminder email will be auto-sent every morning at 9am EST on the morning of class. Check your spam folder if you do not see it.
3. Have a stash of LEGO® pieces and a baseplate ready. Grab whatever you want - minifigs, sharks, technic, wheels, blocks. Need to order more basic parts? Look for Classic LEGO® sets.
FAQ: What is your refund policy?
Tuition is non-refundable, but is transferable to future classes.
FAQ: How long does class last?
Expect the class to last approximately an hour, give or take a few minutes as each student is intentionally given time to show and explain their build. Class sessions last 3 weeks.
FAQ: Will you teach my kid how to build, brick by brick?
At the beginning of every class I show students different builds to give students ideas and I point out techniques. I am not able to model building brick by brick due to the supplies different families have on hand and the wide range of building abilities. In order to keep class affordable I don't require certain kits/parts for class. This ensures that if a student only 100 bricks or 10,000 bricks, they can still participate! I'm also happy to help students find instructions before class, if given a heads up. If you're curious how I demonstrate techniques, Contact Ms. Bethany to see a sample video.
FAQ: What do I need for class? Do I have the right LEGO® sets?
Good news! You can use whatever LEGO® parts you have at home. Classes are designed to use a baseplate and whatever parts you have -- wheels, technic, blocks, minifigures, etc. Need to order more basic parts? Look for Classic LEGO® sets. Learn how to organize your collection.
FAQ: How do I organize my brick collection so that my child can use it?
Brick Architect gives excellent ideas for collections of every size. Check out how I organize my personal collection (and my kids' collections) here.
FAQ: I'm not ready to sign up yet. Can I be notified of future classes?