Kindergarten Prep

The other day when I was driving home from somewhere, there was an interesting story on the radio. According to, I believe it was John Tesh, he said that there is a new trend out there where people are paying kindergarten tutors $400-$500 an hour to get their children ready to be accepted into the best kindergarten. I’m going to go ahead and assume that this is mainly happening in the cities and more populated areas. Because in my neck of the woods, our kids go to the school of the district we live in or are open enrolled to a nearby school. Apparently these tutors have the kids work with different things including puzzles, which helps with problem solving and other important learning areas. The tutors also help them with colors and matching and other areas that will help them stand out when being chosen. Mr. Tesh also stated that parents believe the kindergarten their child attends has major impact on their child getting into an Ivy League college.

Just curious what your opinion is on this topic. 

Would you pay for your child to have a tutor to get him or her ready for kindergarten?

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  1. #1 by projectsquareone on January 18, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Personally, I don’t think I would hire a tutor, unless I believed my child was going to struggle in K. I see some real value in having kids learn *while* in school, not teaching them what they need to know before they even arrive in class. Although, I’m happy with the school my kids attend (the one we are zoned for), so I don’t have a desire or need to send them somewhere with strict admission policies. But that’s just me! And Ivy League schools down the road — not even on my radar right now!

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