SOAR Preschool and Elementary Program in Houston, TX

Overview

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Elementary Enrichment

SOAR is a school readiness program for preschool children and an enrichment program for elementary students. Recognizing that each child grows at his or her own pace, our tutors use games, literature, puzzles and other highly interactive activities to nurture appropriate academic, critical thinking, fine motor, and social skills. SOAR is a program developed over many years in consultation with experts in preschool and elementary school education.

SOAR:

  • enhances language and literacy development
  • sharpens problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • reinforces fine motor skills
  • nurtures social and emotional regulation skills
  • increases confidence working with adults one on one
  • provides suggestions to parents that support development at home
  • IS FUN—we use games and play to accomplish our goals

A Word About the WPPSI and WISC

We do not prepare children for school admissions tests such as the WPPSI or WISC. At the request of the private schools in Houston and to respect the integrity of these exams, we do not use any materials that resemble the format or appearance of any of their sub-tests. Science informs us that educationally rich environments in the early years are critically important for optimizing later outcomes. Our goal is to provide educationally rich environments and stimulation so that children can thrive in elementary school and later in life.

Process

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Elementary Enrichment and Admissions Process Advising

SOAR begins with a free initial consultation with Sandy Reckles, head of the SOAR program. Parents and child will have the opportunity to articulate their expectations and pose any questions they may have. Additionally, we strongly encourage beginning with diagnostic testing materials so that the child’s cognitive strengths and difficulties can be objectively measured and assessed. Based on this consultation we identify program goals, develop customized curriculum benchmarks, and match the best tutor for your child.

The SOAR curriculum proceeds in one-on-one tutoring sessions that can be flexibly programmed to accommodate your scheduling needs. We typically encourage 45-minute sessions for students ages 4 or above and 30-minute sessions for students younger than 4. We offer immersive 5- and 10-session programs, as well as programs that are more adaptable in structure and provide enrichment and support over a longer period of time. Throughout the program, tutor and parent continue to collaborate to determine the best course. There is no minimum commitment, and plans can be adjusted at any time depending on the student’s evolving needs and goals.

Please check back with us soon for upcoming SOAR socials and seminars.

A Word About the WPPSI and WISC

We do not prepare children for school admissions tests such as the WPPSI or WISC. At the request of the private schools in Houston and to respect the integrity of these exams, we do not use any materials that resemble the format or appearance of any of their sub-tests. Science informs us that educationally rich environments in the early years are critically important for optimizing later outcomes. Our goal is to provide educationally rich environments and stimulation so that children can thrive in elementary school and later in life.

Tutoring for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Our SOAR tutors are highly skilled, exceptionally gifted professional instructors with significant teaching experience. They also LOVE working with younger kids. SOAR tutors are particularly adept at motivating children to excel and to consistently demonstrate their highest potential. Every tutor who teaches in the SOAR school readiness program has been individually trained in our proprietary curriculum.

Anne Diskin

Anne Diskin

Tutor of: SOAR Preschool and Elementary; Elementary School Academic Subjects, Academic Study Skills, Academic Test-Taking Skills and more

B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Stephens College.
Texas Certified Teacher; “Teacher of the Year” in both Preschool and Elementary School; Trained at the Neuhaus Education Center.

B. Kelly McDowell

B. Kelly McDowell

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, SOAR Preschool and Elementary; and more

B.A. in Latin American History from Princeton University.
Teacher of the Year, Burnet Elementary School.

Sandy Reckles

Sandy Reckles

Tutor of: ISEE, SOAR Preschool and Elementary; Elementary School Academic Subjects, Academic Study Skills, Academic Test-Taking Skills and more

B.S., cum laude, in Communications from University of Texas at Austin.
Elementary Teaching Certificate from Houston Baptist University.
First through Eighth Grade Texas Certified Teacher; Trained at the Neuhaus Education Center.

Brooke Stern

Brooke Stern

Tutor of: SOAR Preschool and Elementary; Elementary School Academic Subjects, Wechsler Nonverbal Scale of Ability, CogAT and more

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University.
First through Sixth Grade Texas Certified Teacher.