At Explore, we are here to be your partner in making this transition as smooth as possible, ensuring that our students progress from kindergarten readiness to flourishing as a successful learner through first and second grade. Our aim is to embark on an exciting journey of learning with your child, encouraging and inspiring them to find the fearless learner within themselves.
Summary of the benefits of the “Success in Elementary” Package:
- Ongoing assessment in math, reading, and writing
- Up to two personalized, 1 ¼ hour sessions per week
- Regular one-on-one parent progress meetings
- Handwriting development in cursive & print
- Parent information sessions to increase your knowledge and confidence with the school curriculum
- Member-only vacation workshops based on specific skill focuses for current or next grade
- Praise & reward systems to encourage academic progress & strong learning behaviors
- An early start on developing test taking behaviors and strategies, essential for success later on in elementary school
Best foot forward…
When your child begins their membership with us, we will take the time to get to know them and understand their needs as an individual. After your family has settled into a routine, gotten to know how the center runs and all our wonderful staff, each student will undergo a personalized academic assessment. Don’t worry, this will not be a stressful experience for your child! But it will give us the information we need to understand what they find easy and challenging, how to move them forwards, and how to best impact their success at school. We will then design a personal program of work which may include elements of our phonics, handwriting, research, comprehension, and math resources.
Our unique approach
Once we have designed your child’s personal program of study, then we are here for your family everyday moving forwards! Our centers are open around the clock to provide a flexible, family-friendly service – we know you are busy so we want to make it as easy as possible for your child to attend at your leisure. Whether you make it along for one or two sessions per week, we know that with regular attendance, we can work in partnership to ensure your child meets your learning goals for them.
Showing tangible progress
We hope that you will see immediate and lasting changes in your child’s abilities and attitudes from day one of your membership with us, but grade-specific goals and progress across the board will take time and dedication to achieve on both sides. No one knows your child better than you, so we know our approach is most effective when we work in partnership with parents and schools.
We want to keep you informed about what your child is achieving with us, and we want to hear from you as your goals and priorities for your child change. After every lesson you will receive a brief but informative session card with verbal feedback, letting you know how your child did that day. This is not designed to tell you everything, but rather will provide an essential overview and allow you to celebrate success everyday with your child!
Every other month you will be invited to have a one-on-one progress meeting with a manager where we will discuss your child’s achievements in more detail. You will hear an overview of their academic progress against Texas and peer standards, understand their progress towards personal learning goals, and explore areas of strength and for development in detail. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to find out everything you need to know, and for us to continue to support you and your child in the best way moving forwards.
Keeping you in the driver’s seat
As your child’s learning goals evolve and new challenges arise, our flexible approach and resources will continue to meet their needs and yours.
At the start of elementary school, formal academic testing is not usually introduced, but these challenges are just around the corner! Beginning in third grade, all students will take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) or equivalent formal testing. Here at Explore, we are the only tutoring center to offer a stress-free, effective, and totally-Texas focused preparation course which is free for all members and runs from January to April. Even before third grade, our approach will introduce your child to the skills required to be a confident and successful test-taker throughout their academic career. Find out more about our testing and STAAR preparation approach here.
Throughout school vacations, we also offer a range of member-only skill-based workshops to strengthen current skills or prepare for the next grade. These skills range from phonics to telling the time, comprehension to working with money; but there will always be a minimum of 10 you can access throughout the school year. Find out more about our vacation options here.
We will decide with you as a team when your child is ready to take the step up to our “Preparation for Middle School” package, but this will be based on their individual learning needs rather than just their age. Find out more about key benefits of the “Preparation for Middle School” package here.