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An important goal for educators of elementary school students is that their students receive an excellent foundation from which they can later build. This means presenting learning materials in a way the student can relate. For instance, I had one student who had a hard time reading. So, we spent hours practicing reading with books he enjoyed. In this case, they were animal books. For some reason, he related well with animals.
Another important goal in working with elementary age students is that their attitude needs to be taken into consideration. At this young age, we want to foster a positive attitude about learning.
In this way, my tutoring of elementary students is individualized according to the student's needs.
Learning phonics can be fun! There are many different ways to approach phonics. Here are a few examples of how children learn phonics. INITIAL CONSONANT CORRESPONDENCE - Teach one letter sound using a storybook. Call the child's attention to the one letter sound throughout the book. SORTING CONSONANT SOUNDS - Set up two columns with an illustration of a sound at the top of each column. (i.e., M:moon, S:socks) Give the child a stack of cards with illustrations and ask him/her to place the card under the right column. Another good technique includes using RHYMES, such as poetry, to reinforce the sound of letters.
Most importantly, the tutor needs to cover the scope and sequence chart for phonics. This includes initial consonants, short vowels, consonant clusters and long vowels. When children experience phonics in a fun way, they process words by patterns of sounds. This process becomes second-nature to the child, as he/she builds a foundation for reading. In this way, learning phonics is an important, fundamental step to become a successful reader.
The development of study skills directly impacts student success. Study skills used over time helps students get into a habit of learning. Some examples, include using (a)organizers to stay on task, (b) planners to complete short-term or long-term assignments on time (c)headings, maps, charts and graphs for better comprehension, (d)rehearsal and mnenomics to remember information for memory recall, and/or (e) space to find an appropriate place to study. Each student has a unique set of skills that will contribute to his/her academic success. Therefore, it is important to foster the development of study skills as early as possible since they relate so closely to student success.
Some students find some tasks more challenging than others. One of my students was told by her teachers that she could not follow instructions. This student internalized this criticism and personally felt defeated whenever given instructions. My approach was to work with her over time to convince her that she could follow instructions. We began with a very simple set of instructions. I said, "Please walk over to the wall and turn on the light switch." Then over time she was given a complex set of instructions that she properly followed. Eventually, she believed enough in herself to properly follow elaborate instructions on her own. The same approach works well for study skills. First, pinpoint the challenge. Second, ask the student to establish a unique method or approach (usually through questioning). Third, provide time for practice until the skill is internalized. Finally, remind the student of this achievement often enough until the student completely identifies with the new behavior. In short, skill-building does not happen quickly, but rather develops over time with practice.