Explore Horizons opened their newest location in McKinney, TX. Thanks to our partnership, my daughter was able to attend a complimentary month of tutoring. All opinions regarding my Explore Horizons review are my own.
What is Explore Horizons?
Explore Horizons provides engaging enrichment and tutoring in math, reading and writing, for children of all abilities in Pre-K through 8 grade. Explore Horizons teaches kids that it’s okay to fall in love with learning.
The individualized approach and inspiring staff help in the mission to create a generation of fearless learners. Explore tutors work with children in a low ratio (the maximum ratio is 1:6).
Every child is given a progress chart so their academic achievements can be tracked throughout their learning session.
Signs your child needs a tutor
I was under the impression that only students who struggle with failing grades attended tutoring sessions. To my surprise, that is not the only reason for parents to look for outside help. If your child has any of these factors below it may be time to hire a tutor:
- Grades are dropping
- Has learning disabilities
- Is considered gifted and talented
- English is their second language
- Needs support with making new friends
- Behind or ahead of a grade level
Getting Started with tutoring
Explore Horizons offers a variety of services including Math, Reading and Writing learning, STAAR and test preparation, and summer learning.
For our learning experience, our goal was to enrich her math, reading and writing skills.
During our first visit, we were introduced to a friendly staff who were eager to work with us. You can’t fake being excited about learning and the staff at the McKinney location were fun and approachable. My daughter was given a progress chart that we could track her achievements. Throughout our time at Explore Horizons, the tutors made notes with detailed feedback. After our initial appointment, we were able to drop in at any time without scheduling it ahead of time. That was a huge bonus as our schedules are busy as it is.
What sets Explore Horizons apart
Tutoring does not have to be a drag on an already busy schedule for families. Explore Horizons has thought of tutoring in a modern day world. With flexibility and individualized plans, there’s no denying their learning approach is top-notch.
A vibrant learning environment
I especially loved the look and feel of the center. Everything is bright, vibrant and screams creativity. Explore Horizons wants children to feel like they are attending a club, not a classroom. Mission accomplished.
How Explore Horizons works
• Up to two 75-minute individually tailored tutoring sessions per week with professional educators
• Drop in with no pre-booking required
• Customized plans aligned with the curriculum of your school district
• Preparation for test taking
• Regular open houses and one-on-one parent progress meetings
• Handwriting development for Elementary Success members
• Open homework clinics on Wednesday evenings
• Reserved one-on-one tutoring session per month to tackle identified challenges
Who says tutoring is all work and no play? Again, Explore Horizons is changing the face of tutoring by adding elements such as the Recharge Zone.
This playful and fun area is where students can play educational games and relax before parents pick them up. Where can I sign up for this area as an adult? I would love to recharge.
Praise and Reward
Students can earn lizard cards and certificates during their sessions. This is a great incentive for kids to behave and master their skills over time.
Students can redeem their rewards and get prizes that are located inside the prize wall! Reese wanted the Wonder Woman doll inside and if she keeps up the good work it could be hers!
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Keep in mind that tackling challenging areas, learning new skills and attitudes don’t happen overnight. It’s a long-term commitment!