I have spent my life teaching, first in a primary Montessori classroom and then at home with my four sons, whom I homeschooled from preschool through twelfth grade, and who have all earned honors at their colleges, as I did at mine. While homeschooling I did not use packaged curricula or computer courses, but created my own course material and lesson plans, and either worked with my boys one-on-one or held small classes with them. I have my own set of Montessori materials and can tutor young students using the Montessori method, which includes phonics and early math materials. I teach early, remedial, or advanced reading skills with books on whichever subjects are most interesting to the student; I love teaching the fundamentals of math, including fractions, up through beginning algebra; I am a true grammarian and have a simple, structured, intuitive method for teaching grammar gleaned from my seventh-grade English teacher, Montessori, and experience teaching my own children; I lead children on an exploration of vocabulary from many different angles, such as root words, derivatives, catch-phrases, relevant words in books being read, and the history of language; and finally, and best of all, I love reading and discussing literature with students. However, although my sons all made excellent scores on standardized tests, including the SAT, I do not teach to any test. I teach to help people learn, to make learning easier for them, and to encourage them to love to learn. If this appeals to you, please contact me. My name is Laura.
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