I am a certified teacher with a four year degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education,as well as a mother of 5 children-ages, 23-17. I have also completed graduate courses in reading development, phonetic approach to reading, improving math skills, along with several others, in order to keep up with continuing education credits. I taught second grade for 2 years, as well as third grade language arts. Currently, I run a Pre-k program 3 mornings per week.
I have tutored many students over the past 11 years, mostly in the area of reading/writing development, and a few focusing on math skills. I have also worked with students through the SCOLA organization, volunteering to teach illiterate adults to read. My students range from the ages of 6-12. I have had great success and feel that I have fostered a love of reading with all of them through the use of a phonetic approach, phonemic awareness, and creative games/projects. I try to use a very hands-on approach with younger students in phonics, so they can read words as they are building them, then tying this lesson into a paragraph or story that we read together.
An example of a writing activity is one where we read a story together (of the child's choosing), then relate that story to his own experience. I help him to pick descriptive words, then we build sentences out of each and tie them together into a paragraph. In order to make reading relative to our lifestyle, I will choose a baking project, science experiment, or game to play where the student must read and follow directions to complete. This is a reward for the children which we try to do at least once a month. We keep a journal of our stories and progress with sight words.
I will write sentences leaving a blank (sometimes with the beginning letter given) and a list of words to choose from. The children read the sentence then fit the word which "makes sense" into the space. They must spell it out, then close their eyes and spell, then write into a sentence, which we read once again.
Sight words are learned through memorization. I teach a lot of reading through rhyming sounds and rhyming word pairs. When we come to a word that may be difficult, we stop and write/read others which have the same pattern, thus making it easier to identify the new word with ones he/she already knows.
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