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Terry M.

Phonics, Reading, and Spelling, Oh My!

Detroit, MI (48202)

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I am a firm believer in foundations in education for young children before entering first grade. Education is something they have to be prepared to receive. Being exposed to books that have only pictures are a good start. Having a child explain what actions are going on in the pictures, why they think that and how allows them to practice language skills and analytical skills. "Pre" preschool children should also have the opportunity to explore patterns, grouping sets of like items, and shapes. Phonics, the sounds that letters make, are important but more important is the sounds they make when they're together. Vowel sounds, consonant blends,and the silent 'e' are concepts that are crucial to they're understanding of words. In order for them to read, they must be able to sound out words. How do they hear those sounds? ---they must be read to, often and as soon as they come home from the hospital! Seriously, it needs to start early so the developing ears can become accustomed to hearing sounds. It translates to reading which down the line translates to writing. I love the learning process and have been endowed with the ability to listen to children with respect to their level of intelligence. As a result, we bond and the lines of communication remain open, even after I give them them a dose of 'tough love'. That's my way of being firm; chastisement with a full explanation.

I have been teaching for almost 27 years as a lead, substitute, paraeducator, and tutor. I worked for this company before in 2011. I am trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of phonics-reading-writing continuum.

I have high expectations for young people, and never miss a chance to let them know it! My experience as a teacher reaches back 27 years and in that time, I discovered that older elementary school children can trace their academic deficits all the way back to a misconstrued concept or lesson from their early childhood. All it takes is identification, re-introduction, practice, review and they're all set. I can make it happen; give me a try.

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Terry’s subjects

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Handwriting, Reading, Study Skills
Corporate Training:

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been teaching for almost 27 years as a lead, substitute, paraeducator, and tutor. I worked for WyzAnt before in 2011. I am trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of phonics-reading-writing continuum. My love of learning and concern for the education of my students motivates me to continue my own education with research and the pursuit of new 'best practices'.


I have been trained and have a certificate in "Phonemic Instruction", based on evidence by Orton-Gillingham. I've also been trained in a reading program entitled, "Read First", not as widely known but uses many of the same practices of "Phonemic Instruction". They proved that reading is a function of multi-sensory practices.

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Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

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Terry will travel within 20 miles of Detroit, MI 48202.

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