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Richard S.

I am the tutor for your struggling elementary student.

Richmond, CA (94805)

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Richard's Tutoring Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.
Math:
Prealgebra
English:
ESL/ESOL
Grammar
Reading
TOEFL
Vocabulary
Science:
Psychology
Computer:
General Computer
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th) more »
Elementary Math
Elementary Science
Grammar
Phonics more »
Reading
Spelling
Study Skills
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Aspergers
Phonics more »
Special Needs
Business:
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th) more »
ESL/ESOL
Prealgebra
Reading
Study Skills
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL
General Computer
Grammar
Microsoft Word

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Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a California Multiple Subject Clear credential and an Elementary Credential in New Jersey.

I taught public school in the bay area for 13 years and left due to cancer. I beat the cancer and now work with students who need extra support, have developmental issues, IEPs and 504 plans.

I also have a Master of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from SFSU, and am CLAD certified.

I love working with young kids. I create a fun atmosphere where learning is low-pressure, fun and exciting. Teaching is an art. I am a great artist!

Phonics

I have taught phonics for many years, both as a credentialed classroom teacher for 13 years and in my current work with young children.

Phonemic awareness, knowing the 44 sounds the 26 letters in our alphabet make, is the necessary prerequisite for reading and writing.

Phonemes are often confusing, especially when trying to pronounce a consonant, and often kids are confused when listening to discreet letter sounds. Teachers and parents must be careful to truncate the sound correctly to reduce confusion.

Inventive spelling ("wuz" instead of "was" for example) is fine for your young one. It means they are engaging with the phonemes and on their way to literacy.

Phonemic awareness allows us to "sound out" words using the phonemes (sounds).

When making the sound of the letter 'b' for example, one must be careful to resist the temptation to include the "uh" sound after the "b" sound--the "b" sound should be short and harsh and basically breathless--no "uh" at the end. If you stick an "uh" st the end one should then be looking for a "u" to be there, but it's not there! So don't make its sound!

Little conventions like this can make the teaching of phonics much clearer for young students.

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