Let's face it, nobody wants to spend time doing something they find difficult. Reading a book when you find it hard to recognize the words or staring at a page of math problems you don't understand is not fun. As a Literacy Coach and Intervention Specialist at a local charter school, I help kids overcome these obstacles every day. Students look forward to working with me because I do not judge them or label them and because we have fun.
Children need foundational skills to be good readers. I believe children must have letter-sound recognition and be able to break apart and put togther the sounds that make up words. Mastery of these skills builds fluency and comprehension. I teach these skills in an authentic way -- using books kids want to read, songs and nursery rhymes that they are already familiar with, comics and joke books that are fun to read -- to build fluency and comprehension.
I help children build their vocabularies so that they can get more meaning out of what they're reading. We study words to increase their success in spelling and reduce the need to memorize spelling lists. They will even be able to spell words that they haven't studied yet!!
I approach math in a similar way, believing that foundational skills are essential. Students need to have number sense and know basic facts before they can tackle more advanced math topics. They have to understand what a word problem is asking before they can figure out how to solve the problem.
For reading and math, I use audio and visual cues and movement to meet different learning styles. We play games to reinforce skills. But the most important thing I teach students are strategies they can use when they are stumped. I want them to have confidence in their abilities and know what to do when they are working on their own in the classroom or at home.
If you think your child would enjoy playing Bingo and Go Fish to become a better reader or Hopscotch and Baseball to increase his or her mastery of math, then please contact me. I CAN HELP!!
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