How Much Do You Pay for Kindergarten Tutoring?

Updated on June 20, 2008
T. asks from Plano, TX
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I have a 5 year old who is starting K next fall and I want to bring her up to speed on letter/sound recognition and numbers. How much should I expect to pay for an hour of tutoring?

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answers from Dallas on

Hi I have a very young child starting K this fall...he will be barely 5 when he begins. However he is a second child and wanted to learn to read bc his older brother can. I worked with him on his request (he is sometimes interested and sometimes not) and he is now able to read some simple sentences, sound out words and can read BOB books. He is also very interested in math (again bc of older brother practicing math facts) and it became obvious that he could do basic math quickly in his head and wanted to do more book work. I tried out a Singapore math K book....he is almost finished with this. However his fine motor is not very good...he prints letters very big and can barely write any lower case....he is very frustrated by this and now wants to learn to write. I am not a teacher and he is not willing to wait till K starts SO I looked at some tutoring for him. We pay about $36 a hour and he goes for an hour once a week. The lady gave him some kind of assesment test and said his math and reading skills were close to the end of K but his writing was not at that level. So she is workign with him on fine motor and giving him some enrichment in math and reading beyond what I can do at home....I could do it I guess but it would not be very structured. My take on tutoring is that if your child is clearly asking to learn beyond what is done in Pre-K and is able to handle it then why not? Its on his terms not mine and if he tells me he wants to stop going..then I will pull him out but of all the things we spend $36 on a week...I don;t regret this.

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answers from Dallas on

The going rate for a tutor (usually a PISD teacher, or teacher in your district) is about $40 an hour.

If you need to find someone, check with the school's guidance counselor for some references.

As a sub teacher in the PISD system, students are taught specific ways of writing, learning math, etc so it is best to stick with your school system so she is tutored the same way she will be taught when she gets to school.

Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

My daughter is starting K in the fall. At the kindergarten round up the teachers reassured us that working with our kids ourselves would be just fine over the summer. They are not expected to know all of their letters and numbers at the beginning of the year. It's great if they do, but its not an expectation entering kinder. I honestly wouldn't waste my money on a tutor. I also wouldn't put that huge pressure on my child. She'll learn what she needs to during school. I don't know if you're a working mom or SAHM but either way you should be able to practice these skills at home with your dd. There are lots of games, CDs, DVDs that introduce these skills and should be perfect for a good foundation. Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

I am a tutor and my rate is $15 an hour.

I am a Texas Certified teacher and I agree with all the ladies.
My suggestions:
make reading aloud part of your daily routine (like brushing teeth). This will help develop vocabulary, comprehension and recall.
Have your child tell you or your hubby what the story was about. Don't only read predictable books, but read Charlotte's Web by E.B.White. Read books above her grade level that are fun and engaging.

However, if you feel like you are not being consistent in reading or exposing her to pre-reading skills then I would recommend a tutor.

go to to find a tutor. I am also listed there.

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answers from Dallas on

I work at an elementary school and I agree with Megan. Be careful not to overdo it. Read read read to your child. Let her write her letters on a cookie sheet filled with shaving cream, pudding or sand. Keep it fun. Also, if she hasn't mastered her letter sounds - Leap Frog Letter Factory, Number Factory, etc. are awesome. I have a two year old niece who has already learned to recognize the letters because of it. She also has the magnets for the fridge by Leap Frog. Those are great too. Word World on PBS is a great show too for beginning reading. I've heard super why is good but I haven't seen it personally. Good luck!

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