KNB Learning

2232 Sheridan Garden Drive Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7T1 (view map)

6 to 16 (Coed )
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$275 to $495
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)


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KNB Learning

KNB Learning teaches after school classes and camps in LEGO Robotics. KNB Learning teaches classes and camps in Coding & Programming classes. KNB Learning teaches classes and camps in Media Studies (websites, YouTube, video & photo editing). KNB Learning teaches classes and camps in Minecraft. KNB Learning helps kids with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Special Needs improve in school & have better focus through tutoring. KNB Learning has after school classes and camps in LEGO Stop Motion Animation. KNB Kids have fun AND learn. After-school classes, Tutoring, Winter, March Break & Summer Camps. KNB Learning offers Special Needs Accommodation.

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2232 Sheridan Garden Drive, Oakville, Ontario

KNB Learning
KNB Learning
2232 Sheridan Garden Drive Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7T1
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Cathy Pettigrew, Director, Chief Enthusiast, Certified Facilitator in LEGO Serious Play

Hello, and welcome to KNB Learning.  I am excited to have this opportunity to share a bit about what we do, who we are, and how we approach the learning process with our kids.  

The story of KNB Learning actually began more than eight years ago, when my son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically with Asperger Syndrome.  In a sense, the diagnosis was a relief. It gave official confirmation to what I had already known for years – namely that Matthew was very different from your neuro-typical seven year old.

But the diagnosis was also the beginning of an odyssey - a series of trials and errors - as I attempted to find a means to meet the unique needs of my child. What followed was a long and winding journey that ultimately led to a paradigm shift in my understanding of education and its impact on the human mind.

For years, I had struggled with Matthew in school.  He was dissatisfied with his education and, like many children, was unable to express this frustration verbally. Behavioural problems naturally followed.  It eventually got to the point where I began getting daily calls from the school, detailing his latest misadventure, and asking me to bring him home. The situation seemed utterly hopeless. Matthew wasn’t getting anything from school, and the school definitely wasn’t getting anything out of Matthew.

So I pulled Matthew out of school, and began educating him at home. I ran my homeschool like a regular school, in the sense that Matthew was exposed to all of the regular curriculum subjects. The only difference was, within those subjects, Matthew was given control over what material he wanted to learn. I adapted his education to suit his interests. At the time, Matthew was into LEGO® and trains. So every subject, from math to language arts, from social studies to art and science, incorporated an element of these interests into the daily lesson plan.

Teaching Matthew in this manner was instinctive. Up to this point, I had not read any books about strengths-based education, nor had I sought out expert advice on the topic.  There was no deliberate intention to re-style or re-invent Matthew’s education plan. I simply wanted to see my son smile again, and I thought this was the best way to reach him. 

Well, I was certainly on to something. Within the first month of homeschooling, I began to see the effect this new teaching style was having on Matthew, and the results were astounding. For the first time in his academic life, Matthew was able to connect with the subject matter and process lessons with ease. He didn’t resist learning anymore.  Then, the day came that stands out in my memory - it was the day he said that he didn’t know that learning could be so much fun!  As the behavioural issues abated, Matthew’s true character began to emerge.  Lost under years of misunderstanding, and layers of resentment and frustration, was a funny, exceptionally bright, and responsive little boy.

As Matthew began to change, so too did I.  I was beginning to understand that fitting a square peg into a round hole often leads nowhere.  I was starting to learn that in order to function well, education must be accessible to the student, and accessibility means a child can learn in the method and manner that best suits their nature and abilities.  Most importantly, I was coming to accept that learning happens best when we - as parents and educators - emphasize the child’s strengths, interests, and aptitudes, as opposed to focusing primarily on improving their weaknesses. 

But even though I was intrigued by this new belief system, I still struggled to embrace it fully.  There were times that I fell into the trap of my old way of thinking - one that focused more on improving weaknesses than building upon strengths.  

And then came the day where I made a fantastic discovery. I was reading an excerpt of an interview with John Elder Robison, an author also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, when my eyes fell upon the paragraph that changed my life. He wrote:

"To succeed in life, find out what you're good at and stick with it.  In school, a lot of emphasis is put on identifying your weaknesses and then improving them.  That's important if your weaknesses are holding you back, but it's not the path to greatness.  Greatness happens when you find your unique strengths and build upon them.  Building up a weakness just makes you less disabled.  Building a strength can take you to the top of the world."  [italics and bolding are my own additions]

Here, finally, was the confirmation that I had been seeking.  Until I read Robison’s words, I didn’t even know that others thought as I did. But his words were a validation that I was doing the right thing.  It was the final push I needed to help me to embrace strengths-based learning whole-heartedly. 

For the first time, I realized that this was bigger than me. After Robison, I began to research and study what others thought about the concept of strengths-based learning. And what I learned was this: the concept of strengths-based learning did not originate with me. It is an ideology that is gaining acceptance worldwide, with an increasing number of converts joining the movement each day.  It is followed in not only in educational circles, but in the workforce as well.  Simple maternal love and intuition led me down this path. Little did I know that I had tapped into an ideology that was gaining traction with both industry leaders and educational pioneers. These are people who have both vision and insight into the human mind; people who want to increase worker productivity and overall company profit; and people who are looking to live more fulfilling, authentic lives that resonate with who they are and how they wish to live.

And so here I am today, sharing with you this message of hope and inspiration. My intent in starting KNB Learning was not expressly to increase public awareness - and hopefully, acceptance - of strengths-based learning, but rather to incorporate this approach to learning in our programs, classes … into everything we do with children.  One of our primary goals is to help kids explore and find their unique strengths, and to capitalize on these strengths in both their learning and everyday life environments.  Although the concept may initially seem radical, and therefore meet resistance - I, myself, did not fully embrace the concept at first - the path down this road is inevitable. The fact is that for all those who do not fit within the prototype of the “ideal student”, this type of education is not only important, it is critical to their future success.  Until now, education has followed a certain path that has provided opportunities for only a select few.  We need to balance the playing field to include all those learning styles that have been, frankly, disenfranchised by the traditional educational system. We need to evolve our ideas about learning to adapt to a growing understanding of how children think and learn. And we need to begin now for the ultimate success and happiness of our children. At the end of the day, this is really all any parent wants! 

I invite you and your child to join us - if you have come this far, it is likely that you know your child’s interests lie in creating with LEGO®, building and programming with Robotics, creating in Minecraft, Programming and Coding, Media and technology.  Let us help your child discover their unique strengths, and put their feet on the path that will lead to their success - not only in school, but also in life!  We look forward to walking with you on the journey …

All my best,


Stories & Testimonials


KNB Learning's Hero Of the Month for April 2018expand


Meet Ethan, our Hero of the Month!  He has been a student at KNB Learning since last year, and we have had the privilege of watching him grow in his abilities, knowledge and skills over that time.  We approached his mother, and asked her to tell us Ethan’s story.  Enjoy!

Ethan was diagnosed early in life with Global Developmental Delay, which results in delayed learning comprehension and physical growth.  Although Ethan understands that he may be different from other kids his age, he does not let his cognitive ability, current set of social skills, or physical ability limit what he thinks he can accomplish or participate in.  With the encouragement and support of his family and friends, Ethan continuously works to overcome his challenges.

To improve his cognitive skills, Ethan is assigned “homework” activities outside of school, which build on his reading, writing, math, and logic skills. His logic skills have certainly been enhanced by his participation in KNB Learning camps and lessons in Robotics and Minecraft. 

Socially, Ethan has joined many after-school and weekend activities.  He participates with kids his own age and learns new social skills essential to building character and to enhancing his tool-kit of social rules.  This includes activities like dance and the KNB Learning Camps. 

Ethan’s friendly, outgoing and positive attitude allows him to courageously make friends anywhere he goes.  He has been fortunate to make good friends at his school last year at St. Vincent’s who went with him to the KNB camps. 

Ethan is also very active, and takes part in school activities like running cross country, his after school program of Tae Kwon Do, or regularly skiing and biking with his family.

Ethan has learned to persevere and to continuously strive to get better.  Given all the challenges that he must deal with on a daily basis, his overwhelmingly positive attitude and outlook towards how he will live his life - to the absolute fullest - is what we think anyone would consider to be heroic, and is the reason why Ethan is April’s Hero of the Month!  Congratulations, Ethan!


KNB Learning's Hero Of the Month for March 2018expand


Meet Keira, our Hero of the Month!  She has been a student at KNB Learning for a while, and we have had the privilege of watching her grow in maturity and depth of character over the last year.  We approached her mother, and asked her to tell us Keira’s story.  Enjoy!

Working with Keira, one would observe an earnest and curious mind, pursuing reasons why with focus and determination, not satisfied until the job is complete. However, that wasn’t always the case. Once upon a time, frustration was a daily part of Keira’s life. She had so many thoughts and so many questions, but her speech couldn’t keep up with her speeding mind. She would become physically upset, with her emotions becoming bigger than she could control. Little problems would build her frustrations, and she would quickly go from “upset” to “devastated”.

With a nudge from her classroom teacher, we started visiting and consulting the medical professionals.

“Don’t worry, she’ll grow out of it.”

“It’s anxiety, exacerbated by high intelligence.”

“She’s an emotionally sensitive child.”

It was only after an exhaustive psycho-educational assessment that we were able to start lining up some of the dots: when she was interested, her results were strong and when she was distracted, her results were disastrous.

All of these results were markers for Attention Deficit Disorder.

Since Keira needed the most support with Executive Functioning Skills, we decided to look for coaching before considering medication. This all occurred right before school let out for the summer: enter the summer camps offered by KNB Learning. What started with a week of half-days turned into begging for an additional full week and into weekly attendance at KNB’s after school programs. Her focus went from “tentative” to “extended” for periods of time. Her emotional regulation, when frustrated, went from crying daily to taking breaths to refocus. Her grit went from throwing up her hands at the beginning of a challenge to working until the project was done, and not giving up until it was finished to the best of her ability. By working with the project-based learning at KNB, Keira got practice at overcoming frustration, received coaching in how to deal with upset, and developed intrinsic rewards for completing projects that captured her imagination and allowed her to experience success. Nowadays, Keira is able to empathize with other students experiencing similar challenges and is ready to offer her own support!  She has been able to capitalize on her strengths, and her increased self-confidence has overflowed into so many other areas of her life.

We are so proud of how much Keira has learned, not only in a “knowledge” sense, but more, how she has learned to persevere, to self-regulate, to see beyond the moment, and to see from another’s perspective.  For these reasons, we have chosen Keira as our Hero of the Month for March!  Congratulations, Keira!


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