I work with students of all ages one-on-one with a variety of approaches and strategies. I like to put together simple research papers, narratives, poems, songs, and fantasy stories. It is even more fun when we illustrate what we are writing about. An engaging story, read aloud, goes a long way toward bringing up school work performance. Getting a hold of two copies of a book--say, Hunger Games, for example, is not very difficult. For the beginning reader, Patricia Pollcka has written and illustrated a great number of books that engag and inspire the emerging reading skills of young children. Discussing the book--developing the ability to solve context-clue and phonics-clue related components of the story should go hand in hand with a genuine appreciation for the material that is being read. It helps to see the movie afterward, but that would not be on the tutor's clock.
I also like to put children to work on practical problems, like making a pizza from the basic components that comprise it. Here we might: (1) keep a journal of our method and progress, (2) use math skills to increase recipe portions, keep track of expenses, compare to commercially available products, etc., (3) assemble brochures marketing and promoting our product--and anything else that might come to mind.
I have experience from my own classroom, classrooms of teachers I have subbed for, and many hours spent in college classrooms studying education. I also play piano and love to work on musical lessons.
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