Tutoring pre-schoolers? It’s the latest thing, says the Christian Science Monitor.
Natalie Bloomster spends two afternoons every week with her tutor, reviewing the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic.
There’s nothing very unusual about this arrangement — except for the fact that Natalie is only 5 and not yet enrolled in school.
Some kids are ready to learn academic skills at a young age: My daughter was reading before she turned 3; it took me five minutes to teach her. But paying a tutor has to bring on the pressure.
Susi Scholl is confident that enrolling her five-year-old daughter, Erica Mendel, in a tutoring program at the Skibby Learning Center in Newport Beach, Calif., has made a huge difference in her academic preparedness.
“She is a very bright child but she took a huge leap forward with [tutoring],” says Ms. Scholl. “Within a month she was adding and subtracting three-digit numbers and now she is learning fractions.”
Scholl, who pays $45 for each 30-minute tutoring session, says she believes tutoring is an investment: Not only is Erica thriving academically, Scholl hopes the extra instruction will give her daughter an edge when she applies to private school.
Soon all the kindergarten applicants will be multiplying fractions.