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I've taught and tutored a wide variety of subjects over my career, with a range of students from college to preschool. I've enjoyed it all! While my experience has included most grade school and high school subjects, primarily it was focused on math on a high school and early college level (mostly algebra), and math and reading/phonics on the grade school level.
For 10 years I directed a summer math camp that I began to help motivate students to grasp math concepts that would prepare them for higher math, and to strengthen their core skills in a fun environment.
One of my favorite experiences was when I worked at a private home school school with K-4th graders. I designed games and activities to reinforce the math concepts taught at their homes during the week.
I feel one of my strengths is in finding several different ways to approach a concept that someone is having difficulty grasping, and zoning in on where it is that they are missing the connection so they can understand how it all fits together and move forward.
I do not have a specialization in phonics or reading, although some of my undergrad classes were focused on them; however, I do have many years of experience in teaching and tutoring with both. Now I am working towards my master's degree, and fitting my teaching/tutoring around my own classes, so I am focusing on tutoring rather than teaching full-time.
My bachelor's degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies: Educational Studies Concentration, and I also have 27 hours completed towards my master's degree that I am currently working on. I have taught in private home schools, co-operatives, and privately tutored from pre-K through high school (and some college level math) for over 25 years. I also taught my own children at home from kindergarten through high school. I enjoy teaching/tutoring all of the elementary level subjects, but have primarily focused on math and reading/phonics. I feel that one of my strengths is finding multiple ways to approach a subject or a particular difficulty a student is having, so that I can better match my approach with a student's learning style and help them understand what they are learning.
My first exposure to phonics was through my mother, who was an excellent reading tutor. Later, in my studies to become an elementary teacher, I took two classes: Methods in Reading, Elementary and Methods in Language Arts, Elementary. While the reading class covered several methods of learning, the focus was primarily phonetical. The language arts class reviewed some of the phonics material, but there the focus was more on putting it all together than on the bits and pieces. When I decided to home school my own children, I purchased and read several books on teaching phonics, and went to home school seminars for training and practical hands-on demonstrations.
Prealgebra and algebra are two of my favorite things to teach. So much comes together, and it sets the foundation for future math courses, as well as solidifying what children have learned in the earlier grades.
Besides tutoring extensively in these subjects over the years, I used curriculum I developed as well as activities and games during teaching and directing a summer math camp for 10 years that helped students grasp prealgebra and algebra concepts.
Some of the classes I took for my undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in education were specifically designed to study how to help children learn to read. While many approaches were used, the emphasis was on phonics. My educational psychology and human growth and development classes this past year addressed what works and what doesn't work in teaching children to read. In addition, as I've spent many years tutoring in reading, I have practical experience teaching phonics.
We are so happy. — Kim is such a sweet, wonderful person. I could not do the things my children are learning and the way they are teaching them. It is so different than the way I was taught (not to mention forgotten). Kim brings new ways to teach, my children are never bored. It feels like playing games. They have a great time and learn A LOT. Thank you Kim!!! My children had a hard week this week catching up with a ...
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