One child, one teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world. -Malala Yousafza -
Online Information and Policies - Please Read
Our Mission Statement
To provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can boost their grades and build their confidence.
The relationships we build at Tutor Tots are all very important to us. We promise to treat all children with the respect they deserve. We promise to provide an environment that puts the fun back into learning, gives children permission to express themselves, nurtures a child's learning journey, builds confidence, and celebrates the uniqueness of every child.
How to Prepare for Classes
You need access to a laptop, computer, iPad or tablet. The device needs to have a microphone built in along with a web cam. Please note that older laptops, computers, iPads or tablets may not support all the PDFs we use in the classroom.
Log in before your set time to ensure that your camera, mic, etcetera are in working order before class begins.
All students up to Grade 5 must have a small whiteboard along with the appropriate markers and an eraser (larger eraser…not the eraser on the back on the marker, as it is too small and takes the students a long time to erase their work). Grade 6+ students, who can fully manipulate the online tools, do not need to have a whiteboard.
Your child must work in a space that is quiet. If you cannot provide a quiet environment for your child to learn and for the tutor to teach then we do not recommend online tutoring for your child. Noisy classes will result in termination of the session
Ensure your child has a pencil and some paper available to work out math problems. Of course, younger students can use their whiteboard. Also, as we often play interactive games (more so for the younger students), please ensure your child has some dice available.
Your child must also be sitting at a desk or table ready to work. Lying on the couch or floor or sitting on the floor does not create a productive working environment for your child. Classes will be cancelled if your child is not at a table/desk.
If your child is young and needs help navigating the program, it is imperative that you be in close proximity to your child, so that your child does not have to look for you every time he/she needs help.
If we are tutoring two siblings at the same time, they must be in separate rooms to avoid the distraction of the background noise.
Important: It is imperative that you put your child's tutoring time on a calendar or that you create a phone alarm reminder, as you will not be reminded about your tutoring time.
Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your Internet browser.
If you notice that your child is restless or not paying attention, pleasedo not reprimand your child after class. By doing this, you are actually creating a negative tutoring experience. Any behaviours that Tutor Tots feels needs to be addressed, will be addressed with you. Often times what looks like inattentive behaviour to the parent is just the child releasing some anxiety, so the child seems tuned out, preoccupied or restless. For other children, there is a difference in the brain that affects focus. Children who are perfectionistic will also appear tuned out or might exhibit avoidance when things are tough because their brains are trained to do everything perfectly. Consequently, you need to let the tutors address the situations and correct the behaviours that need to be corrected because not all the behaviours need correction. Some of them are necessary for the child to destress.
If you reprimand your child after class, you are not only creating a negative tutoring experience for your child, but you are also undoing any progress the tutors are making to help your child with their anxiety, stress, low self-esteem or perfectionistic tendencies. Again, treat online learning as if your child was in the classroom. Their homeroom teacher at school does not report to you on everything about your child and neither do we because it's just not necessary. As mentioned, if something needs to be addressed or there is a major concern, you will be contacted.
Helping your child with homework from school is top priority. The programs designed by Tutor Tots will only be implemented, if your child does not have any homework from school. We are here to help your child with their schoolwork, and by helping your child with their schoolwork we will have a better understanding of their teacher's expectations. To get your child's homework to us, please follow the online tutoring instructions noted below. Please send any homework assigned your child's teacher or homework assigned by Tutor Tots to Angela prior to your child’s class. You can send the homework or schoolwork through pictures or creating PDFs (preferable). If there are several pages, please try to amalgamate the pages into one PDF. Please note that you may also be asked to send these pics and PDF's directly to your tutor.
Send the pictures or PDFs to Angela email@example.com. You can also drag and drop PDFs and pics into the classroom yourself. Students can also screen share.
Your child may receive homework after his/her class. The homework assigned will be an extension of what has been taught in the classroom. You will be kept informed via email as to what is going on in the class(es), how your child is progressing, and whether or not homework has been assigned. Please Note: No homework is given out during Christmas/Winter Break, Spring Break or Summer Break.
Payment for Tutoring
Monthly payments are due on the first day of every month. To calculate your monthly payment, click on Calendarto determine your monthly fee.
NEW: If payment is not made on time, your child will not be tutored until the full monthly payment is made.
Payment Method: E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tutor Tots is registered for auto deposit.
Tutor Tots communicates primarily through email (especially for homework assignment and progress reports), so please check your emails frequently. In addition, our emails tend to go to Junk or Spam, so please check those too and then create a setting that prevents the emails from going to Junk or Spam. Just adding Tutor Tots to your Contact List can alleviate this problem.
Please text Angela at Tutor Tots for any cancellations (see Cancellation Policy below) at 416-433-4863. Please do not email me for any cancellations.
Please text Angela at Tutor Tots for any issue that requires immediate attention.
Cancellations must be made by 9:00 a.m. on the day of your child's tutoring session. There will be no exceptions.Any cancellations after 9:00 a.m. will be charged for the full session and will not be eligible for a make up class. Please note that too many cancellations may result in a termination of tutoring services. Termination will be at the discretion of Tutor Tots.
No reimbursements will be given for make up classes that are not used by the student. We will give you the opportunity to chose from several different tutoring days and times for the make up classes, so it is important that you confirm one of them.
Any cancelled classes by Tutor Tots will be fulfilled with a make up class (other than those classes cancelled for statutory holidays, March break, et cetera) or a reimbursement of payment.
Important: Please text Tutor Tots at 416-433-4863 to cancel any classes. Please do not email.
Any no-shows (cancellation notification not given at all or a cancellation given after your child's scheduled time has already begun) will be subject to the full class fee and will not be eligible for a make up class. In addition, tutors will remain online for 15 minutes. If a student does not show up for class, the tutor will end the class, and this will be considered a no-show. Emergency situations will be assessed by Tutor Tots, and whether a make up class is provided or not will be at the discretion of Tutor Tots.
Termination of Services
Once you have paid your monthly fee (due on the first day of each month), you are committed to continuing for that month. You may then terminate tutoring after the month has been completed. Under special circumstances, tutoring may be terminated before month's end. In the event that this occurs (after being agreeable to both parties), Tutor Tots will reimburse any paid fees.
Tutor Tots prides itself on helping your child with their homework and creating personalized programs that will help your child boost his/her grades and build his/her confidence. Although we have a success rate that we are extremely proud of, we cannot guarantee this, so we ask that parents manage their expectations. If your child is attending once a week vs. twice a week, this makes a difference in the learning process. If your child is combining two subject areas into one class versus spending one hour on each subject, this too makes a difference in the learning process. If Tutor Tots is not provided with information on what is being taught in the child's school classroom, we cannot guarantee we will cover the same material, so this will slow down the learning process.Of more importance, every child learns at a different pace, so it is not fair to compare your child to someone else's.
Forms to Complete
Please download the forms below, fill them out, scan, (or take a picture) and return them via email to email@example.com. Even if you have already filled out the Personal Information form from the previous year, you must still fill out the form again. The law requires that I keep new records and get permission every school year.