A TV movie in the late 1980's about a reading tutor made me realize that tutoring would be a perfect fit for me, as my educational background was very strong in English and I was anxious to begin. However, the city I was living in at the time did not have an organized literacy program. When I moved to Logan in the early 1990's I was excited to learn that the city library had a literacy program there called Bridgerland Literacy. I began volunteering and served non-stop for 11 years. I had many one-on-one adult students over this time, and was able to help many by using comprehensive reading programs.
For instance, several of the published programs we used taught not only reading, but also comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, handwriting, phonics, etc. As you teach reading, you are also teaching grammar and vocabulary; as you teach writing, you also teach spelling--so all of these inter-related skills are taught "as you go."
At the same time, I worked in several elementary schools in Logan and later in Murray in their reading intervention programs. At times I was a volunteer, at times I was a paid Teacher Aide. In one of my paid positions, I was a Title One Aide, teaching in the No Child Left Behind Program. I have many resources to help facilitate reading instruction with children in a wide variety of fun, motivational, attention-holding ways. And, yes, I love children and have all my life!
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