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I love to help children find that they can learn, and that learning can be rewarding. I am sympathetic with children who have had learning challenges and through my experience and training I enjoy finding ways that suit the student to approach their work. I am patient and humorous and flexible in the tutoring session. I like to help the students have concrete results each session, which helps them be more successful at school. If a child is in homeschooling I honor that context.
My training was in Waldorf Education, world recognized for its developmentally based approach, where its curriculum supports the unfolding capacities of the child.
I have worked with children with special needs, as well as being a teacher of grades 1-7 in the Waldorf system.
In a tutoring session I like to use an artistic, imaginative and active approach to support the integration of the learning. I like to present suggestions that encourage the child to develop their own thinking. I ask questions to help draw out the child's native intelligence and awaken their unique way of learning. Sometimes movement activities and hands on projects will enhance the ability to "get it". I will use materials from various sources that match the child's needs. I love creating lesson plans that match the student.
I have been drawing on my own for forty years. I have taken a correspondence art course and numerous art classes at the college level. I have learned to make pottery and to weave. I work in watercolor, pastels, acrylics, colored pencils and charcoal. I love the range of art from realistic to imaginative. I have illustrated a children's book and done art for posters, cards and so on.
I taught the main subjects for grades 1-7 in a Waldorf School. I have a BA in Education and a Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College.
I had eight years of traditional piano lessons, and since then have played piano for thirty years. I mainly play in classical style, but am capable in composing for piano and can improvise based on chords. I enjoy playing duets and I love giving lessons in which I assist the student in reading music, learning music theory, learning to compose, and strengthening memorization and learning by ear.
I love to adapt my teaching style to the student's learning needs, while at the same time stretching their abilities. I have successfully started various students on the path to being able to play at the level they desire.
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