How To Help Your Child Prepare For Kindergarten

Are you looking for ways to help your child prepare for kindergarten? The transition to kindergarten can be a big change for parents and children. From the daily routine, to the social interactions, to the academic skills, your child will have many “firsts” to learn and adjust to. Some parents worry about their child’s academic readiness, while others are concerned that their child may not be quite ready for kindergarten in a social-emotional sense. Some children are excited to start kindergarten, and others may be apprehensive as they don’t quite know what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to help! These helpful tips from our tutoring company in Los Angles can help prepare both you and your child for kindergarten. 

When Can My Child Start Kindergarten?

In California, districts must admit children to kindergarten at the beginning of the school year (or whenever they move into a district) if they will be five years of age on or before September 1. Children who are age-eligible for kindergarten may attend any pre-kindergarten summer program maintained by the school district. 

Private schools in California are not required to comply with the California statutes defining kindergarten. However, the California Association of Private Schools Organizations (CAPSO) indicates that many private schools do voluntarily the same kindergarten age cutoff as public schools. Public school officials may not automatically enroll those students, who attended a private school kindergarten, to first grade. It is always best to ask your school and/or school district if your child’s birthday is in the fall. 

What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Transitional kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. In California, each elementary or unified school district must offer TK classes for all children eligible to attend. A child who completes one year in a TK program, may continue in a kindergarten program for one additional year. A child is eligible for TK if they have their fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 (inclusive) and each school year thereafter.

Transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten (K) may be your child’s first-ever experience in a school setting – or it may be a time of transition, moving up from preschool to elementary school. Regardless, it’s an exciting and memorable milestone.

What Is My Child Expected To Know Before Kindergarten?

If you search online for “kindergarten readiness checklist California” you’ll likely find a long document describing the standards for entering kindergarten in your area. Below are sample skills that an incoming kindergarten student is expected to have:

  • Recognize and name basic shapes: square, circle, triangle, and rectangle.
  • Recognize and name numbers 1-10, even when they are out of order.
  • Recognize the letters of the alphabet, both uppercase and lowercase (even out of order)
  • Sort items by size, color, or shape
  • Count 10 objects, pointing to each one as she counts
  • Identify some letters of the alphabet
  • Know if two words rhyme
  • Grip a pencil, crayon, or marker correctly
  • Be able to use scissors and glue
  • Hold a book and turn pages
  • Write their first name using upper- and lowercase letters, if possible
  • Learn sounds corresponding to vowels and consonants
  • Be independent in the bathroom
  • Get themselves dressed

In addition to this checklist, you may want to contact your child’s future school and ask for a specific list of expectations, to prepare your child for a smooth transition in the fall. 

Simple Steps To Help Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten

Getting your child ready for TK/kindergarten is important – and chances are you have already been doing it all along! Talking, reading, and singing with your child are three simple, free ways to prepare your child for school. If you want to take specific steps to prepare your child for kindergarten this summer, here are some simple suggestions:

  1. Plan a visit to the new school and talk with your child about the things they will do at school.
  1. Read to your child every day.
  1. Explore and introduce basic concepts, such as letters, numbers, shapes and colors. For example, you might count the number of plates needed for dinner, or talk about different colors while sorting laundry.
  1. Provide plenty of play opportunities with other children. This will help your child learn to get along with others, to share toys and take turns.
  1. Play games that teach your child how to wait or take turns, such as “London Bridge” or “Duck, Duck, Goose.”
  1. Encourage your child to clean their own room and help with simple chores around the house. 
  1. Encourage independence and self-care: show your child how to get dressed, wash hands, put away their backpack or lunchbox, and perform similar daily tasks. 
  1. Give your child time to play. All children need free time to simply play. Giving your child time to play is very valuable, as playing provides children with many developmental benefits
  1. If possible, provide experiences away from you. Enroll your child in preschool or another activity, such as soccer, swimming lessons or storytime at your local library. 
  1. Make sure your child is in good health: physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. Schedule regular wellness visits and immunizations, provide a variety of nutritious foods and be sure your child is getting enough sleep and exercise.
  1. Make a plan for before- and after-school. Make sure you and your child know the routine for before- and after-school care if that applies. Discuss where he/she will go, how he/she will get between school and child care, how he/she will get home, etc. Have a back-up plan for what to do in case you are late.

Tutoring4Less Prepares Students for Kindergarten in Los Angeles

The transition to kindergarten is an important milestone, and at Tutoring4Less we see dozens of students make this transition every fall. If you would like assistance with helping your child prepare for kindergarten academically, as well as to practice independence, organizational skills and social interaction, our Los Angeles tutoring program may be right for you. Although many parents associate the word “tutoring” with subject-specific help after school, our program provides strong foundational skills for students of all ages, as well as those entering kindergarten in the fall. Contact us for a free assessment and to discuss whether your rising kindergarten student would benefit from our services. 

LAUSD Calendar For the 2022-2023 School Year

Los Angeles County District Calendars for 2022-2023

Here are all the dates you need to know for the school year 2022-2023 for LAUSD students.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – LAUSD

The first day of school for the 2022-2023 school year for LAUSD is Monday, August 15, 2022.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – LAUSD

The last day of school for the 2022-2023 school year for LAUSD is Thursday, June 15, 2023.

2022-2023 LAUSD School Holidays

Thanksgiving Break 2022

Thanksgiving Break is from November 21, 2022, and November 25, 2022.

Winter Break 2022-2023

The 2022 Winter Break will start on December 19, 2022, and run through January 6, 2023. The kids will return to school on January 9, 2023.

Spring Break 2023

Spring Break is from April 3, 2023, through April 7, 2023. The kids will return to school on April 10, 2023. 

2022-2023 LAUSD School Calendar

Here is the list of all the dates you need to know for the school year 2022-2023: 

First Day of School – August 15, 2022

Admission Day – September 2, 2022

Labor Day (no school) – September 5, 2022 Unassigned Day (no school) – September 26, 2022

Unassigned Day (no school) – October 5, 2022

Veterans Day (no school) – November 11, 2022 Thanksgiving Holiday (no school)- November 21-25, 2022 Winter Recess (no school) – December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023 Second Semester Begins – January 9, 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no school) – January 16, 2023 Presidents Day (no school) – February 20, 2023 Cesar Chavez Day (no school) – March 31, 2023 Spring Recess (no school) –  April 3-7, 2023

Unassigned Day (no school) – April 24, 2023 Memorial Day (no school) – May 29, 2023 Last Day of School – June 15, 2023


Calendars 2022-2023: Start & End Dates For All Other LA County Districts: 

ABC Unified School District: August 22, 2022 – June 8, 2023 

Alhambra Unified School District: August 9, 2022 – May 26, 2023

Arcadia Unified School District: August 17/18, 2022 – June 7, 2023 

Antelope Valley Union High School District: August 8, 2022 – June 1, 2023 

Baldwin Park Unified School District: August 18, 2022 – June 8, 2023 

Bellflower Unified School District: August 11, 2022 – June 1, 2023 

Beverly Hills Unified School District: August 15, 2022 – June 1, 2023 

Burbank Unified School District: August 15, 2022 – May 25, 2023

Compton Unified School District: August 18, 2022 – June 9, 2023 

Conejo Valley Unified School District: August 24, 2022 – June 15/16, 2023

Culver CityUnified School District:  August 18, 2022- June 9, 2023

Downey Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 7, 2023 

Duarte Unified School District: August 12, 2022 – May 27, 2022

El Segundo Unified School District August 23, 2022 – June 9, 2023

Glendale Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 7, 2023 

Hermosa Beach City School District: September 6, 2022 – June 22, 2023 

Inglewood School District: August 22, 2022 – June 8, 2023

La Canada Unified School District: August 15, 2022 – June 2, 2023 

Las Virgenes Unified School District: August 24, 2022 – June 14, 2023

Long Beach Unified School District: August 31, 2022 – June 15, 2023 

Manhattan Beach Unified School District: August 24, 2022 – June 15, 2023

Monrovia Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 7, 2023

Montebello Unified School District: August 15, 2022 – June 9, 2023

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District August 11, 2022 – May 31, 2023

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District: August 24, 2022 – June 8, 2023

Paramount Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 8, 2023 

Pasadena Unified School District: August 11, 2022 – June 1, 2023 

Pomona Unified School District: August 11, 2022 – May 31, 2023

Redondo Beach Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 8, 2023 

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District: August 18, 2022 – June 9, 2023

South Pasadena Unified School District: August 11, 2022 – June 1, 2023

Torrance Unified School District: August 25, 2022 – June 15, 2023

West Covina Unified School District: August 18, 2022 – June 9, 2023

William S. Hart Union High School District: August 9, 2022 – June 1, 2023



Finding the Best Summer Program For Your Child In 2022

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Summer 2022 is something we are all looking forward to and a summer program for your child is a big part of it. Whether your child is interested in STEM, art, sports, or a little bit of everything, Los Angeles has a program for everyone. But what should you choose if your child did not do as well as expected in the 2021-2022 school year? How can you help your son or daughter with an academic boost over the summer, to prepare them for the new school year? The “summer slump” is a well-documented phenomenon even for kids who meet or exceed academic standards during the school year. The summer slump, or summer regression, refers to students’ lower academic performance at the start of a new school year, caused by a lack of exposure to educational opportunities during the summer. Then, come fall, educators are required to spend time at the beginning of the year reviewing the material to get students back to their pre-summer levels.

At Tutoring4Less, we offer a summer tutoring program, otherwise known as Summer Intervention Program, with hands-on learning as well as fun activities. Our Summer 2022 program helps prevent the summer slump, so your child can start the new academic year on the right foot.

Academic Summer Camp vs. Summer Intervention Program in Los Angeles

If your child needs academic support based on the year-end results of 2021-2022 school year, your first thought may be to sign them up for an academic summer camp. Many summer camps offer 1-week or 2-week programs specializing in math, reading, computer science, earth science, or STEM. These programs offer some hands-on learning and/or focus on a specific subject. And of course, summer camp includes fun activities, field trips, and opportunities to make new friends. In Los Angeles and Southern California, you can choose from hundreds of camps for summer 2022. With COVID restrictions mostly lifted, there are sleepaway camps, camps on college campuses, Parks & Recs camps, and online summer camps. There are plenty of academic summer camps, ranging from creative writing to coding. Some camps are very affordable, while others can cost thousands of dollars. The choice of a summer program is often limited only by your schedule and budget.

What may work for some families may not work for others. Often, when you review your chid’s report card for the spring term, you may decide that instead of summer camp, a summer intervention program focused on academic skills may be a better use of your child’s time and your family’s budget.  

What Should Los Angeles Parents Look for In a High-Quality Summer Intervention Program?

Many programs tout themselves as “the best” or “top-rated summer program in Los Angeles.” To help you cut through the noise, we recommend evaluating your options based on the following criteria:

  • Balanced programming with daily opportunities for reading, math, and recreation
  • Low student-to-staff ratios
  • High-interest, engaging activities
  • Positive interaction between kids and caring adults
  • A safe, structured learning environment
  • Personalized attention
  • Bilingual staff 
  • Convenient location and hours

What Questions Can Parents Ask Before Enrolling Their Child In A Los Angeles Summer Intervention Program?

With so many programs to choose from, you may be asking some questions to help you narrow down the list of summer options for your child. We suggest asking the following questions:

  • What is the summer program’s mission? 
  • How is a typical day/week organized? How will my child spend his/her time?
  • What are the program hours and dates? 
  • How much does the program cost?
  • Will my child be able to work on reading, math, and other skills? 
  • Will my child have an opportunity to choose some of his/her activities?
  • How does the program assess or track each child’s progress? 
  • How does the program promote positive interaction between students and staff?
  • Who are the staff and tutors? How many years of experience do they bring to the summer program?
  • What type of communication can families expect?
  • How much academic progress can I expect at the end of the summer? How prepared will my child be for the fall?

Summer Intervention Program at Tutoring4Less

Our summer learning programs are intervention programs that support accelerated learning during the summer months. Academically-focused summer learning programs differ from traditional summer school programs or academic summer camps in that they:

  •  integrate recreational, cultural, and/or enrichment activities
  •  blend remediation with enrichment activities and more advanced curriculum
  •  are attended by students of varied skill levels
  •  encourage positive relationships among peers and with adults

The Tutoring 4 Less Summer Tutoring Program is a readiness program for students from Pre-K to 12th grade that need to prepare for the academic challenges they face when entering a new grade level.  Our program focuses on addressing a student’s academic weaknesses and building a student’s confidence. Whether it’s math, science, or writing programs you need, our tutoring services can provide the academic support that will support your student’s continued academic development. We even provide test prep services.

During the Tutoring 4 Less summer tutoring program, a student won’t have the distractions of school or homework and can focus on addressing all of the academic content that they have been struggling with throughout the previous school year. With the support of a private tutor, whether in-person or via online tutoring, your student’s tutoring experience will lift your student’s academic abilities and get them closer to achieving their full potential.

Whether your child struggled in school this school year and needs to catch up, or you would like to help your child build new skills and confidence, our Summer Tutoring program is a great alternative to summer camps or summer school. Contact us today to learn more! 

The Advantages of Summer School vs Summer Tutoring

As parents prepare for the coming summer and consider their children’s needs, they may be pondering the advantages of summer school vs summer tutoring. Both have similar benefits, but also different structures and other distinctions that should be considered. Tutoring 4 Less offers insight into which academic programs you should opt to best advantage your children over the summer months!

Differences Between Summer School and Summer Tutoring

Some of the major differences between summer school and summer tutoring include:

Summer SchoolSummer Tutoring
The entire class receives the same lesson plan.Each student receives a different lesson plan.
Groups can be up to 35 in size.Small group settings or individual tutoring (2-4 maximum).
There is a set schedule for classes.Flexible schedule for classes.
Curriculum books are used.An online platform is used.
Teachers intermittently monitor progress.Progress is consistently checked via the online platform.
Must attend class at school.Can attend at home or at Tutoring 4 Less’ Tutoring Center.
The same program is taught to students regardless of learning style.Each tutoring program is tailored to a student’s learning style and academic need.
Parents discuss progress with teacher after summer school program ends.Parents discuss progress with tutor after each session.

Why Summer is the Best Time for Tutoring

Families most commonly turn to tutoring services because kids are struggling, even falling behind, during the school year. The issue is often a skills or knowledge gap. Kids working with a tutor benefit from the one-on-one focus, but in order to get caught up on the class material, focus often has to be split between new content and study skills. Summer is different, however. Not only are students fresher, because they are not at school for forty hours a week or longer, they have no new content to focus on (except high school students, who may have reading lists they are expected to start on over the summer break). That means that tutors over the summer can focus on providing their students with the skills they will need for the next year, whether those are:

  • Reading and writing
  • Number sense
  • Assignment planning
  • Time management/prioritization
  • Note taking
  • Researching/independent learning

As little as an hour or two of summer tutoring sessions a week can pay off massively when your child hits the ground running in the next academic year. It can also avert the summer slide: the atrophy of study skills through lack of use during a long break. Summer slide is a considerable issue that educators first identified decades ago, and can set students’ academic skills as far back as a month every summer. Over the course of a child’s academic development, that can add up significantly.

Taking Advantage of Summer School Tutoring

One of the main issues of summer break is that while students may be on break, parents are most likely not. It can be difficult to help your children prepare for the next academic year and get them in the right frame of mind for learning, especially elementary school-aged children. This is a major advantage of summer school tutoring: parents can have a professional prepare their kids for school. Tutors will expand children’s skillsets, particularly study skills. Some students might prefer if they spend their summer vacation at home, and simply have a tutor visit for several hours a week. The advantages of this approach include greater comfort levels for students, a better attitude (they don’t feel like summer is being taken away from them by more school), and greater receptiveness.

Additional Benefits of Summer Tutoring

Test prep, such as for the ACT and SAT, is a good choice for summer tutoring. Students can build confidence by working on their test skills outside of the standard school environment with its myriad distractions, steeling themselves for the test environment and coming up with strategies to avoid undue stress or fatigue.

Summer tutoring can even be a support option for summer school. Often summer school teachers are doing their best to compress months of coursework into weeks, and students can struggle to keep up with the relentless pace. A tutor who can hone in on a student’s learning style and address it directly can have an immense effort, not only on the student’s progress during summer but the rest of their academic career. Sometimes, all that is needed for a student to prosper is for a tutor to show them the way that they can leverage their learning style’s advantages for themselves.

Talk to us about arranging summer learning for your child!

The Pros and Cons of Los Angeles Public Library Tutoring

Did you know that the Los Angeles Public Library has free tutoring options available for students in grades K-12 and even adult learners? They have volunteer homework helpers to provide online assistance with math, science, English, social studies, and AP and introductory college classes. The goal of the free tutoring program is to provide the students in Los Angeles County with critical educational and career preparedness support. Tutoring 4 Less also offers online tutoring and homework support services for a huge range of subjects. What are the advantages of both?

Homework Help from the Los Angeles Public Library or Tutoring 4 Less

With a free option available at the library, you may be wondering how  a professional tutoring center is different and whether it’s worth the price. The main difference between the services offered by the LAPL and Tutoring 4 Less is that the Library offers a free service staffed by volunteers, while Tutoring 4 Less is a professional tutoring center with years of experience providing tutoring for Los Angeles students. This difference manifests in several key ways.

  • Structure: All Tutoring 4 Less tutoring sessions, while adapted to a student’s particular needs, follow a particular structure, a lesson plan to ensure that the standards of our organization are upheld. LAPL works with volunteers, so there is not as cohesive a structure as you may find elsewhere.
  • Consistency: The LAPL offers virtual tutors who volunteer, meaning that they are not beholden to consistent schedules. Your child may have an amazing tutor that really works with their particular learning style one week, but the next week struggles with another tutor who has not yet built that rapport. Tutoring 4 Less offers in-person or online tutoring with one of our professional, credentialed tutors assigned to support your student and build an effective rapport with them over the course of their sessions.
  • Credentials: While the LAPL sources tutors that are professionally trained and experienced, their credentials might be from different areas of the United States and not current or applicable to California. Tutoring 4 Less’ tutors are all qualified and up-to-date with their professional and safety certifications.
  • Availability: The LAPL program offers tutoring help 12 hours a day between 11am and 11pm. Students are required to have a Los Angeles library card and a computer or mobile device with internet access. Tutoring 4 Less offers online tutoring but also has a homework center where students can work, in South Gate. 
  • Versatility: While the LAPL program can help students with homework, professional tutors such as Tutoring 4 Less can assist with test preparation and academic intervention.
  • Accountability: Working through Tutoring 4 Less’ specific program, our tutors monitor a student’s progress consistently and discuss said progress with the student’s parents. This is not a system that the LAPL program can emulate.

While the LAPL offers a great program for those in need of free tutoring, a professional tutoring center such as Tutoring 4 Less will get better results for your young academic by developing a long-term relationship in order to best support their learning style and round out their study skills.

Find out how our 100% bilingual tutors and staff can support your child’s learning today. 

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