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I have experience using curricula that provide a spiral method of teaching (learning in small increments) as well as those that follow a less conventional methodology. I believe that understanding the concept should take priority rather than merely memorizing formulas. If the principles are understood than the formulas make sense and can be figured out by the student. This is especially key when trying to work on word problems.
I have a bachelors in business management and served as a military officer for seven years. It was partially the desire to have a consistent learning experience for my children (not an easy task for the ever-roaming families in the military) that formed my decision to home school. My children continue to be home schooled through high school. I have personally taught them phonics, reading, writing and mathematics. My oldest will be starting college this fall and the others are in high school.
As a veteran member of a home school group, I have often mentored many students in book studies and various science classes. This year, I will also be leading a humanities coop that will involve history, literature art and music. I have enjoyed teaching and would like to be of help to others.
Teaching math concepts to elementary age students can be fun! Though I am a firm believer that math facts should be memorized at some point, this should not be the only focus. There are several resources now available that incorporate games, manipulatives and even songs and storybooks to enhance the learning experience. I have enjoyed employing all of these methods with my students and often had them asking me to "play one more game."
I have had success with the Right Start Math curriculum as well as with the Saxon, MCP and Videotext programs.
I have taught English on a one-one-one basis for over thirteen years. This would include reading, comprehension, writing, and grammar. Reading and analyzing short stories or small articles are a great way to improve both reading and comprehension abilities. Learning and understanding the key elements of a basic paragraph are essential in building good writing skills. I have also found that one of the best ways to understand grammar is through the practice of diagramming sentences. This not only helps in learning English but can be quite an advantage when trying to learn a foreign language since it requires a thorough understanding of the parts of speech.
If you think this methodology would benefit your student, please contact me soon!
I understand what it is like to live in a country where you do not speak the language. My experience as a former military officer and, more recently, as a missionary in a third world country have given me first hand experience. It can be both frustrating and isolating when you cannot communicate with the local community.
Obviously, the best way to overcome this obstacle is to practice the language. First of all the goals of the student should be established. Then one-on-one practice with someone who will teach you the phrases you need to know is essential. From there more advanced vocabulary and understanding of grammar can be gradually introduced. I have been teaching reading, writing and grammar of the English language for over a decade. I look forward to helping you achieve an understanding of the language as well!
I have a bachelors in business management and served as a military officer for seven years. It was partially the desire to have a consistent learning experience for my children (not an easy task for the ever-roaming families in the military) that formed my decision to home school. My children continue to be home schooled through high school.
I have personally taught them phonics, reading, writing and mathematics. I believe a solid phonics foundation is essential to independent reading. I like to incorporate songs and very simple "books" to reinforce phonics concepts as they are learned.
My oldest will be starting college this fall and the others are in high school. As a veteran member of a home school group I have often mentored students in book studies and various science classes. This year I will also be leading a humanities coop that will involve history, literature art and music. I have enjoyed teaching and would like to be of help to others.
During the study of Prealgebra is often when students start to lose confidence in their math skills. Word problems become more prevalent and variables are introduced. It is here that understanding the concept and not just memorizing a formula is crucial. It is here that tutoring can be so beneficial because the opportunity to talk to the student one-on-one and find out what he/she is thinking can help avoid confusion or lack of clarity right from the beginning. In my thirteen years of teaching math I have learned to prefer curricula that stresses interaction with the student and teacher like Right Start Mathematics and Videotext Algebra. True education is not about filling students heads with facts but leading them to think on their own. I would love the opportunity to help your student.
As a homeschooling mother I have personally taught all of my children how to read and write from the very beginning into high school years. I have also lead and assisted in several book clubs over the past thirteen years in an effort to help other children develop a love of reading. I appreciate that reading good literature usually leads to better writing skills.
Depending on the goals of the student, there can be an emphasis on several different skill sets. If analytical skills need some polishing than a focus on learning how to decipher the plot, setting, climax etc. of the story may be needed. A beginner reader may need practice on relating the key events of the story in his own words or even require someone to listen to him read out-loud in an effort to improve word recognition and speaking skills.
Reading should be an activity that all students can enjoy. I hope I can help your student see its treasures!
I have been teaching high school level math for the past five years. I have also lead a chemistry co-op that required at least an algebra level of math skills. The math section of the SAT is often a great stress factor to students. Sometimes it is merely the wording of the question or a misunderstanding of a small concept that can cost the student points. Practicing with older tests and then reviewing any problem areas is usually the best way to prepare. I like to review the test in sections and take smaller bites of the material Once students start seeing that similar questions are asked on every test they start to gain confidence and relax enough to actually think!
I have been teaching for over thirteen years from elementary through high school grades. Spelling can be a stumbling block for students but there are ways to strengthen the ability to spell well.
In the early years an emphasis on phonics has helped my students develop initial spelling skills. Being comfortable with the sounds of consonants and vowels and recognizing sound patterns are essential. In the later years I have focused on learning root words and recognizing the derivatives that can be formed from them. This helps with both vocabulary and spelling skills.
Of course, reading is also a key element. If students are continually exposed to good literature they will absorb the correct spelling of various words without even trying!
I look forward to assisting your student!
Some people think that writing is a talent reserved for those who inherit it, but I know it is a skill that can be learned. Too often students are given a blank page and told to "write about a favorite subject." That is just not enough for most students, especially those already convinced they cannot write. A well written paragraph is the key to building solid writing skills. I teach my students the elements of a good paragraph which thereby gives them a "checklist" to help them organize their thoughts and analyze their own work.