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Play-Based Multiple Subjects Tutoring


Multiple subjects tutors are available for play-based learning, academic mastery, and extracurricular activities in home, outdoors, and online! We serve children in elementary school grades year-round, as well as rising Kindergartners over the summer. Tutoring is available one-on-one and in small groups of up to six students. Learning by doing is encouraged for children to integrate learning into their real lives. 

Students learn English Language Arts and mathematics creatively applied to multiple subjects; executive functioning (such as study skills, organization, time-management, emotion regulation, and self-awareness); and enrichment in multiple subjects. Students enjoy arts and crafts, storytelling, nature walks, science projects, dramatic play, music, and recreational gross motor play. They develop social skills and perspective taking in cooperative learning. Students spark critical thinking and creativity through educational exploration and games. Our multiple subjects tutors are leaders skilled in multisensory learning for children to enjoy. As a parent, you'll also enjoy tips from the tutor for helping and working with your child.


Academic Support 

  • Homework help

  • Test preparation

  • Helping kids catch up with remedial skills, aiding them to perform at grade level, and challenging them according to their interests when performing above grade level

  • Tutoring in Common Core State Standards

    • K-6 English Language Arts (ELA): literature, informational text, foundational skills, writing, speaking and listening, language (grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary), history/social studies, science and technical subjects. Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy.  

    • K-6 mathematics: operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, number and operations for fractions, measurement and data, geometry, ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, statistics and probability. Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice.

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Behavioral Support and Executive Functioning

Executive functioning refers to self-management skills in which your child learns to act as his or her own coach, teacher, or "executive." Follow-up studies to the famous marshmallow test have shown that delayed gratification can be learned. Your child can learn to wait longer for preferred items and free play activities. Self-control is only one executive functioning skill. Below are some skills our tutors can teach:

  • Making choices by weighing options

  • Metacognition

  • Identifying new skills to learn

  • Setting goals and planning

  • Organizing

  • Time-management and waiting ("delayed gratification" or "impulse control")

  • Self-monitoring (i.e., observing one's own behavior)

  • Regulating emotions

  • Starting tasks and sustaining attention to them until completion

  • Working memory

  • Transitioning

  • Showing flexibility

  • Problem-solving

  • Creating and using checklists and other visual prompts

  • Using token systems independently


  • Arts and crafts

  • Creative writing

  • Nature walks

  • Science projects

  • Music and dance

  • Dramatic play

  • Gross motor play

  • Park outings

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Who We Serve

  • Children in grades K-6 year-round, including rising Kindergartners in Pre-K and TK over the summer

  • English Language Learners/ESL students 

  • Students in general education

  • Students in special education and other programs 

  • Children performing at, below, or above grade level

  • Typically developing students and those with special needs, including gifted students and those with disabilities, such as autism, speech and language delays, and ADHD​

    • A major concern among parents of children with disabilities is that their children are not learning enough in their classrooms, and their therapy programs cannot cover academic content. If this sounds like you, then Inspire's academic tutoring may be right for you!

    • Some tutoring companies expect children to be "ready to learn" and do not serve children who need help sitting, attending, and staying on task. These children are welcomed! Tutoring incorporates their preferences, choices, motivation, and positive reinforcement to help them learn.

  • Parents: we are game for sharing activity ideas, collaborating with you to tailor learning to your children's needs, providing daily tutoring summaries, and sharing tutoring tips with you. 

What is a Tutor, Really?

The word "tutor" may bring to mind a child quietly sitting for an hour, getting homework help while approaching death from boredom. We aim for a different approach. Dictionaries define a tutor as a private instructor. Some further define it as a one-on-one, sometimes small group, instructor who gives additional, special, or remedial instruction. A fun tutor with a playful student does not have to be a contradiction in terms! We can use our knowledge of behavioral principles to keep your child active and engaged.


Approach and Methods

Our student-centered tutoring is play-based for young children and interactive for all students. We use emergent curriculum, while integrating the Common Core. We focus not on memorization but on application. Tutoring incorporates principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), in which motivation and positive reinforcement are based on the student's preferences and choices. Comprehensive tutoring helps students catch up with remedial skills, as well as master and apply academic skills throughout their entire lives. 

Phases of Learning: Your tutoring experience may progress from assessment to mastery and beyond. 

  • Assessment: The tutor identifies baseline skills, i.e., the student's current strengths and areas of need.

  • Goals: The tutor and student or student's parents collaborate to set unique goals with mastery criteria.

  • Mastery: Every session the student practices new skills, taking a step closer to mastering goals. The tutor records the student's progress. 

  • Generalization: The tutor guides the student toward generalization, i.e., applying mastered skills in varied and novel contexts. Having learned the general principle behind a skill, the student creates and discovers ways to practice the mastered skill across diverse settings, people, instructions, and materials, in addition to producing varied and original responses. The purpose is for new skills to apply to the student's life in relevant ways.   

  • MaintenanceThe tutor checks maintenance, which is the persistence of skills over time. This is so important, considering that new skills build upon each other. The true test of learning is the independent demonstration of generalization and maintenance.

  • Independence: At Inspire, the ultimate goal is the student's independence in applying new skills, not only in academic contexts but also throughout life. The tutor's job is to gradually work herself or himself out of a job, as the student becomes more and more independent!


The tutor meets with your child online or travels to you at your home, nearby park, or library, following current health and safety guidelines. Services take place outdoors and may also take place indoors with increased ventilation. Your child can have sessions online from anywhere in Google Meet for live, interactive lessons. We do not provide center-based services.

Health and Safety

We follow local, state, and CDC health and safety guidelines. Online tutoring is also an option for increased health and safety.


Ready to Get Started?

Accepting new students for morning hours only at this time. Accepting new students on a waitlist for afternoon hours.

Contact: If you have questions before getting started, we'd love to hear from you. You may reach out by email and schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation available by appointment. We look forward to working with you!

Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780


M-F   8:00 AM-7:30 PM

Sat    9:00 AM-6:30 PM

Sun   Closed

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Alameda County

    • Albany​

    • Berkeley

    • Emeryville

    • Oakland

    • Alameda

    • San Leandro

    • Castro Valley

    • Pleasanton

    • Dublin

    • Fremont

    • ...and more!

  • Contra Costa County

    • Concord​

    • Pleasant Hill

    • Walnut Creek

    • Antioch

    • Brentwood

    • Orinda

    • Lafayette

    • Alamo

    • Danville

    • San Ramon

    • ...and more!

  • Santa Clara County

    • Milpitas

    • San Jose

    • Santa Clara

    • Sunnyvale

    • Mountain View

    • Palo Alto

    • Saratoga

  • Solano County

    • Vallejo

    • Benicia

    • Cordelia

    • Suisun

    • Fairfield

    • Vacaville


I N S P I R E Behavioral Learning®

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