Big Hoots

First Grade Reading for 6+ Year Olds

What to expect at Big Hoots

The focus for Big Hoots is to help them reach a first grade reading level or higher. We begin by assessing your child’s current reading level and then choose books to meet their specific academic needs.

Big Hoots have already started kindergarten or first grade, and these 60-minute classes meet once a week, coinciding with the school year (we offer rolling admissions and prorated fees).

What We Teach

Young girl wearing a mask and shirt with turtles on it working on alphabet learning worksheets

Reading Independently

Reading independently is the main focus of this tier. To ensure that each child is continually being challenged with their reading, we keep Big Hoot classes smaller than usual with a maximum of three children. One-on-one classes are also available to help with kindergarten and first grade reading skills. All of the work that Big Hoots do in class is centered around the story they’re reading each week.

Student learning to write the alphabet with his teacher

Small Classes

One of the benefits of this small class is that children can build their academic confidence because we don’t put any expectations on them that might cause anxiety. Instead, we encourage your child and let them know that they’re capable of reaching these new academic levels. Children are excited to be learning and improving their reading skills because they’re at ease and very comfortable in our nurturing environment.

Boy wearing a filtration mask working on a reading worksheet with a pencil

Constant Growth

As each student gets the individualized attention they need, our teachers easily and constantly assess reading levels, which allows us to move ahead as each child needs, rather than moving together as a class. This allows your child to learn and grow at their own pace, in their own time, as we keep encouraging their progress!

Happy hoots from parents and kids that love Wise Wonder

“My son started BN at 18 months old and now he's going into kindergarten. He's learned so much and I feel that Rina and her teachers have set him up for success.”

– Joanne S.


We've sent our older son to Wise Wonder since he was 21 months old. It was one of his first experiences with separation and we couldn’t have asked for a better more gentler way to introduce it. Wise Wonder brought him closer to the wonderful world of books and stories and with each week his confidence in reading, writing and storytelling grew. He always looks forward to his weekly classes at Wise Wonder and was so excited to bring his younger brother to class with him. He has been in Wise Wonder for close to 3 years now and our younger son has recently started there too."

Preeti S.

"Wise Wonder is the most magical place for kids to learn and grow! Not only do children learn important reading and writing skills, Wise Wonder also teaches kids how to be kind and courteous in the classroom. It is the perfect place for students of all ages!"

– Tara F.

Help your kiddo excel in a space they love to learn.

Big Hoots continue to work towards mastering their handwriting abilities and practice writing sentences phonetically. Everything we do in class is designed by our founder, Rina Collins, to meet the needs and learning styles of each child. We do this in our warm, inviting space that instills a sense of magic in children from the moment they walk through our doors.

1st grade girl sitting at a desk reading
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