Pre-K and Kindergarten Prep

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Pre-k boy and girl

Our Pre-K classroom is designed to help your child make significant developmental gains, communicate more successfully, and work well both independently and in group situations.

Your child’s teacher creates activities and lesson plans customized to the children in their classroom, driven by the needs and abilities of those students.

Building on Preschool learning, Pre-K focuses on problem-solving, responsive listening and language usage, as well as social and collaborative skills. Tutor Time’s exclusive LifeSmart™ curriculum is inspired by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Intelligences are the ways each of us perceives and understands the world as we encounter problems and seek solutions.

This theory provides an approach to nurturing and teaching children that focuses on individual needs and strengths. By providing a variety of experiences to foster each and every intelligence, children become more adept in all intelligences.

Our teaching strategies are designed to maximize the full development of each individual child and recognizes how they learn different subjects in different ways, utilizing their intelligences, or “smarts.” Lessons are arranged by our eight “Smarts”:

  • WordSmart: Reading, writing and telling stories
  • NumberSmart: Logical thinking, patterns, and numbers
  • BodySmart: Expression through one’s body, movement and physical activity
  • DesignSmart®: Visualization, building, drawing, and design
  • RhythmSmart: Rhythm, signing, and creating music
  • NatureSmart®: In tune with physical world and living things
  • PeopleSmart®: Working in groups, sensitivity to others, leadership
  • SelfSmart: In touch with personal feelings and thoughts

Your child’s teacher will provide regular updates, ongoing portfolio collections, quarterly reports, and twice-yearly family-teacher conferences to keep you apprised at every step along our School Readiness Pathway.

Focus on Literacy!

In Pre-K, your child is immersed in our Focus on Literacy! program, which builds on and strengthens skills gained in Preschool. In-school and at-home activities are designed to improve your child’s literacy and cognition in:

  • Vocabulary development: using language purposefully and precisely in thinking and communicating
  • Phonological awareness: hearing and manipulating groups of sounds (rhymes and syllables) in spoken language
  • Phonemic awareness: hearing, identifying, and manipulating single sounds in spoken words to recognize similarities and differences and how sounds relate to each other
  • Print awareness: understanding the meaning of written language
  • Alphabet knowledge: recognizing that letters are their own unique symbols and each has its own name, sound, shape, and order within the alphabet

We’re excited to share this program with your child, to promote literacy in a fun, interesting and interactive way.

Kindergarten Prep

Is your child curious about what kindergarten’s really like? They can find out here.

Our K-Prep enhancement, offering the Get Set for School® curriculum from Handwriting Without Tears®, introduces your child to kindergarten concepts and experiences, with small group instruction, extended seatwork, and kindergarten-level instruction in:

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Handwriting

K-Prep is designed to help children starting kindergarten immediately after Pre-K in the fall.

Is your child ready for school?

Ours are. In one year, we saw a
370% increase in school readiness.
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