I have worked as a Kindergarten teacher for 3 years. The curriculum included teaching alphabet recognition and writing, numbers 1-20 recognition and writing, phonics and reading simple books. When my children reached school age I was very active in helping them with their schoolwork as well as helping in the classroom. I worked with their teachers in creating classroom teaching aids, correcting papers, and working with small groups of students who needed extra reinforcement in reading, phonics, and math. I began tutoring again when my grandsons needed extra help with reading, phonics, and math. I worked with the teachers at Dynard Elementary School in St. Mary's county who provided me with lots of help and resources. I am proud to say my grandsons are now reading well above grade level. I also work as a substitute teacher in the lower elementary grades at Grace Christian Academy.
I really enjoy working one-on-one with students. We work as a team to build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. I believe learning should be fun and interesting. I try to make each lesson something the student will look forward to instead of dread. I use flashcards, worksheets, games and interesting books to capture and keep my students' interest. I start with the simple basics to instill confidence and then introduce harder material to keep them moving forward. I ask my students to always try their best and use simple rewards to encourage their efforts.
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