Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

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The Preschool program at Tutor Time offers a wide variety of activities to engage your child and prepare him or her for kindergarten. Our focus areas in this program include problem-solving; responsive listening and using language to learn; and social and collaborative skills.

Specifically, your child will learn:

  • Pre-reading skills
  • Pre-writing, small muscle activities
  • Pre-math skills
  • Physical coordination skills
  • Social skills, such as focusing and collaborating.

And you can feel confident knowing the lesson plans are customized to meet your child’s developmental needs. Our teachers create plans that are built on research-based learning objectives and driven by each child’s readiness to learn.

Teachers provide regular updates, ongoing portfolio collections, and twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences, to ensure your preschooler is progressing on his or her journey along our School Readiness Pathway.

LifeSmart™ Curriculum

Tutor Time’s exclusive LifeSmart curriculum is inspired by Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory. 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.”

Classroom spaces and experiences follow our eight Tutor Time “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

Here are a few examples of preschool activities in this LifeSmart curriculum:

  • Coming up with an original story in the Language Center
  • Reading and sharing stories
  • Building models and towers
  • Grocery shopping in our Tutor Towne™ Village
  • Examining feathers during a Nature Circle Time

Focus on Literacy!

In Preschool, our Focus on Literacy! program promotes early literacy skills. 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 encourage literacy in a fun, interesting and interactive way.

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