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A student is usually most successful when fully engaged in a task. "Doing" is more engaging that just "listening". The more senses we can activate at one time (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching), the more likely a child is to understand and retain new learning. Kids remember what they DO and SEE and SMELL and TASTE more easily than if they are only LISTENING. Praise is also a powerful motivator for a child if it is genuine and specific. Identifying how a child learns best is the key to progress.
My experience as a kindergarten teacher and as an elementary school principal has given me many opportunities to use the strategies mentioned above. Ongoing assessment of a child's strengths and needs is key to planning each lesson. I teach children using a combination of games (reading and math), active listening, sometimes flash cards, books of interest, and writing activities. I create a positive, friendly and supportive environment where skills are practiced and where success is celebrated.
I am an experienced early childhood educator and a retired elementary school principal. I would love to work with your elementary student to help him/her improve reading and writing skills. This growing skill level will also enhance confidence. Let me know if I can help.
I am a retired kinder teacher, and have used the phonetic approach with many children. I am also a retired elementary school principal. We can begin the session with an assessment of your child's skills and gaps in using phonics, then build a plan incorporating instruction, review, and practice. I want it to be fun and with lots of variety in order to engage your child in the learning process. Let me know if this sounds like a match for your child and for you.
I am experienced with beginning-to-read activities, instruction, and practice for young children. I also incorporate books using the main idea of the story, and some "what-if" problem solving discussions. Reading if fun! Success leads to more success!