Our Mission

Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic in-person and online tutoring for children through K – 6.

Our tutors have been selected not only because of their qualifications and experience but possibly more importantly because they share our mission to provide a safe caring and understanding environment for each of the children they tutor.

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School Readiness Program

Preparing Your Child for School

Encourage a love of learning

Learn Better Sounds

Full colour workbooks

Learn Counting, adding, & subtracting

Small Group Classes

1 hour lesson per week

1 hour lesson per week

Fine Motor Skill Development

Fully qualified and experienced teachers

Go to the toilet – a MUST in most schools

Leave parents in the morning – it can be very traumatic for everyone involved if children have significant difficulty doing this

Leave parents in the morning – it can be very traumatic for everyone involved if children have significant difficulty doing this

Dress themselves – do they try to put on/take off their jumper by themselves?

Show some responsibility for belongings – can they put their things away or at least identify their belongings?

School readiness has many different variables, have a look at our simple 5 point checklist to indicate if your child is ready for the classroom:

What feels like 2 minutes later, they’re starting to talk. Then you start seeing hints of your baby growing up and becoming a little person you can have conversations with (on a good day!). Finally, it’s time to start thinking about sending them to school, but are they ready? Is your child starting school in the next year? It might be time to start thinking about School Readiness classes.

As teachers working with young children on a day to day basis, parents frequently ask us,’ Is my child ready to start school?’ It’s something that can cause differing opinions amongst parents.

Sending our children to school for the first time can be a daunting experience, will they enjoy it? Will they be overwhelmed? Are they ready? There are many ways we can ensure our kids are as ready as they can be for school, and the sooner you start preparing them, the better. School Readiness has many different variables, have a look at our simple 5 point checklist to indicate if your child is ready for the classroom:

Available Programs

Green Level

School Readiness Classes for 3-4 year old children.

Yellow Level

School Readiness Classes, for the following year.

Orange Level

Advanced School Readiness Classes

Is Your Child Ready For School?

 

1. Does your child show some independence?

Primary school is not like daycare or preschool, this is because the ratio of adults to children is usually 1:20+ in a classroom. Teachers do their best to assist where possible, however, children must be able to complete the following tasks with minimal adult guidance:

2. Your child needs to be able to sit still, for at least 20 minutes?

Kindergarten teachers are very good at adapting activities to suit wriggling little bodies. However, there are times when children need to sit still and listen – such as school assemblies. Ask yourself: Is your child able to sit still and listen in a more formal learning environment?

3. Does your child show an interest in learning and asks questions?

Does your child ask always ask you questions? Great! While it can be tiresome, it means they’re developing critical thinking skills. Do they like counting, and can they identify basic numbers? Do they listen to stories and attempt to read them? Can they hold a pencil and do they like drawing and writing their name? These are all great cues that your child is ready to learn at school!

4. Can your child follow simple 2-3 step instructions?

The Kindergarten classroom is a busy little hive of learning which can be distracting at times, but sometimes those children who aren’t listening can miss instructions. While teachers are VERY good at repeating instructions, children can be challenged to learn if they’re not able to stop and listen to complete a task.

5. Do you feel your child interacts appropriately with other children?

Generally, schools are much bigger, than your child’s daycare or preschool, that runs for an hour, a day during the week. It might be the first time your child has been in a situation with hundreds of other children and adults! The classroom and playground can be overwhelming at times, so children must have a basic understanding of playing safely with others and know how to respond if there is a conflict.

At Get Smart, we provide School Readiness Classes. We introduce the children to some of the aspects of a school environment in our short classes, this helps them learn how to behave when they begin school. Each lesson covers literacy and numeracy in groups of 8, in a school-like setting. The children participate in singing songs, number and letter games, writing their name, story-time, as well as fun arts and craft activities.

Our main aim is to build your child’s confidence in themselves, and encourage a love of learning. Our School Readiness Intensive helps to ensure that children have the best head start, and have acquired all the skills necessary for BIG SCHOOL. From previous students now at school, our program has proven to improve children’s learning skills and preparedness for the school environment.

The Get Smart motto ‘happy, smarter and confident children’ represents our positive approach to teaching. Our aim at Get Smart is to motivate children and promote a teaching program that the children enjoy. A program that is flexible and accommodates all children and learning styles. We believe it is vital to ensure the program and teaching methods fit each child and not try to fit the child to the program.

It’s about the little steps, the small achievements that encourage children to strive, learn and challenge themselves and most importantly building confidence.

You can book your child in for a FREE trial class today and see the difference Get Smart programs can make to your child’s start to school.

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