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Tutor Time

6801 Dallas Dr.
Austin, TX 78729

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(512) 335-6553

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The principles of the Tutor Time® LifeSmart™ curriculum follow the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our curriculum is based on extensive research and inspired by the work of respected development/early education theorists Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky, and inspired by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. We’ve arranged these multiple intelligences into eight distinct ways that kids can be intelligent, or our eight “Smarts”: Word Smart: Likes to read, write and tell stories and excels at learning and using new words. Math Smart: Explores patterns and numbers, and enjoys figuring out how things work. Body Smart: Uses body language, loves to move and play sports, excels at dancing and other physical activity. Design Smart: “The visualizer” loves to understand maps, draw, build, design and create. Music Smart: Has a natural sense of rhythm, and enjoys singing, playing instruments and listening to music. Nature Smart: Likes to be outside and care for living things. People Smart: “The socializer” likes to work in groups, pretend to be someone else, and is sensitive to the feelings of others. Me Smart: Likes to be introspective, is in-tune with their personal feelings and thoughts and enjoys working alone. Our classrooms include learning centers full of ways for kids to explore and investigate all eight areas, and to build problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Tutor Time teachers supplement these experiences with group activities that focus on a variety of curricular themes. This curriculum gives children the tools they need to grow and develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Along with a strong emphasis on mathematics and literacy skills, our programs give children a framework they can use throughout school – they learn to love learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The principles of the Tutor Time® LifeSmart™ curriculum follow the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our curriculum is based on extensive research and inspired by the work of respected development/early education theorists Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky, and inspired by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. We’ve arranged these multiple intelligences into eight distinct ways that kids can be intelligent, or our eight “Smarts”: Word Smart: Likes to read, write and tell stories and excels at learning and using new words. Math Smart: Explores patterns and numbers, and enjoys figuring out how things work. Body Smart: Uses body language, loves to move and play sports, excels at dancing and other physical activity. Design Smart: “The visualizer” loves to understand maps, draw, build, design and create. Music Smart: Has a natural sense of rhythm, and enjoys singing, playing instruments and listening to music. Nature Smart: Likes to be outside and care for living things. People Smart: “The socializer” likes to work in groups, pretend to be someone else, and is sensitive to the feelings of others. Me Smart: Likes to be introspective, is in-tune with their personal feelings and thoughts and enjoys working alone. Our classrooms include learning centers full of ways for kids to explore and investigate all eight areas, and to build problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Tutor Time teachers supplement these experiences with group activities that focus on a variety of curricular themes. This curriculum gives children the tools they need to grow and develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Along with a strong emphasis on mathematics and literacy skills, our programs give children a framework they can use throughout school – they learn to love learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To develop innovative Learning Care solutions which enable us to grow the number of children and families served and to be recognized as the premier child and family education corporation in the world.

Through our leadership and passion we will:

Provide a secure, caring and enriched environment that promotes learning and the development of the whole child.
Develop lifelong relationships, create family solutions, and enhance the quality of life for our families.
Provide a fun, challenging work environment that fosters teamwork, inspires professional excellence, and encourages contribution by all team members.
Leverage technology to develop innovative learning products and solutions.
Provide superior levels of support and service to our schools.
Achieve the best financial performance in the industry, allowing us to fulfill our mission.

A Typical Day

A preschooler's day
8:00 a.m. — Your son pecks you on the cheek and rushes to join his friends in the Block Center.

9:15 a.m. — During Nature Circle Time, the group examines peacock, sea gull and ostrich feathers, then they draw a picture of their own feathery flock.

10:15 a.m. — Active Investigation Time! Your son “cooks” breakfast in the Pretend Center then heads for the Art Center.

10:40 a.m. — It’s a tricycle race! All the kids cheer each other on.

11:10 a.m. — In the Tutor Towne™ Village your son practices sorting and stacking as he delivers the Tutor Towne mail.

11:30 p.m. — How do muscles work? During Circle Time the class learns by doing an experiment with rubber bands. Then, they talk about muscles, fitness and health.

12:05 p.m. — A healthy, hearty lunch — YUM!

12:35 p.m. — Soothing sounds of waves and rain play in the background as your son naps.

3:15 p.m. — Today, your son shares a favorite book from home — “The Three Pigs” with a twist!

3:40 p.m. — Outside! Ladders, slides — what to choose?

4:25 p.m. — In the Language Center, your son dictates an original story while his teacher records it in his journal.

5:50 p.m. — “What did you learn today?” Your son can’t wait to tell you!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Every September through May, each of our centers distributes “The Tutor Times,” a newsletter that provides insightful articles and information regarding what is happening in our classrooms. Tutor Time has compiled and written a variety of childrearing articles and additional resources that may help address some of the parenting issues you face every day. These are just a sampling of some of the great parent resources our families have access to when enrolled at our centers. We hope that you will find them useful as well!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up