The first things one should check in the assessing of phonemic awareness issues is the ability to hear the various sounds. More and more children are have trouble hearing like and different sounds because their eustachian tubes are flatter than normal. The tubes flatten for a variety of reasons, but one is obesity. Whether I am teaching an adult or a preschool student, if they can not differentiate between like and different sounds; I have their hearing checked. If hearing is an issue then The Linda Mood Bell programs "Seeing Stars" "Visualizing and Verbalizing" and "Phonics Sounds" help students to use other articulators to identify likenesses ad differences in sounds. These programs are marketed by Gander Publishing.
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Following are some of my 'go to' online resources. They help keep me up to date and also help me provide positive technology tools for my students. By sharing these, it is my hope that you find something here useful and interesting. Math Blaster The Free Dictionary Eutopia Reading Rainbow Teaching Resources We Are Teachers Starfall.com PBS.kids Happy Teaching! Sharon H.
Sometimes the problem may be that the child has difficulty discriminating between sounds and that difficulty needs to be addressed first. Some children cannot perceive if two sounds are the same or different and need a lot of guided practice to learn to do this. Here are a couple of suggestions. Go to the website: http://www2.cambridge.org/interchangearcade/sortbytype.do?level=0&type=Cup_word_up. On this site a child practices discriminating between two words or phrases, for example “thirty/thirteen” and “a brown coat/a green coat”. The second website I recommend is: http://brainconnection.positscience.com/brain-teasers/. Have your child play the following games. Sound Dominoes -- "Sound Dominoes is a phoneme matching game that builds short term memory and sound and word recognition ability." Memory -- "In the memory game, listen carefully and find the animal sounds. Click on the window to make the animal appear and hear its sound. Click... read more
I had difficulty with phonics throughout school. I learned to read by sight ("Dick and Jane") and was a very good reader. I could not spell because I tried, unsuccessfully, to "sound out" words. I had problems learning French once we went to a Language Lab and put on earphones and was no longer able to see the teacher's face for lessons. I remember listening to phonics records and working with teachers throughout elementary school, none of which worked. I learned phonics once I decided to start teaching. I taught myself through pictures and information on the use of voice or breath, the position of the tongue, and where in the mouth each sound is produced. The information is the same that speech therapists use. Once I could see and feel the sound, I could finally begin to discriminate between the sounds I heard and then use the information for decoding difficult unfamiliar words, spelling, and learning the sounds of Spanish. As... read more
Have you ever heard of a Victory Drill book? I can still remember bringing mine home and drilling every night. We were timed and most of the time I didn't mind it. I suppose it was a great tool for teaching phonics, although at the time I didn't recognize that as its purpose. When my own kids started to learn how to read, I noticed they brought home what the schools were then calling "sight words." The same concept was applied, although on a much smaller scale. They didn't have columns of the words to read, and they weren't timed. Phonics were pushed heavily when I was a kid. Knowing how to sound out letters enables children to read better. If a child doesn't know how to sound out letters, they are more likely to skip over words they haven't memorized by sight. If your child is in kindergarten - 2nd grade, ask their teacher if they focus on phonics. Is your child being taught phonics? http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-tips/is-phonics-taught-in-my-childs-classroom/ Do... read more
Hello fellow scholars! This is my first blog for WyzAnt Tutoring services and I just applied to my first student request! This is so exciting. I love to learn and read about new places and moving to Milwaukee has been very interesting. Let me fill you in on who I am...I grew up in Delavan, Wisconsin. After I was married my husbands job moved us all over the southern parts of the U.S.A. Our own children went to school in six different states and I was licensed to teach in each of those states as well. Each new location gave me a chance to learn more local state history and explore new cities and state parks. My children and I loved camping and hiking. I spent time being a scout leader for the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scout organizations. My profile picture was taken on a family trip to Hawaii...I'm standing on the edge of a volcano! I sure hope that I have lots of new learning experiences with my next new scholar! Mrs. B
When interviewing a prospective tutor, parents should ask about the tutor's skills and experience, and find out if the tutor truly enjoys teaching. When the tutor feels enthusiastic about the subject, and communicates well, the student has an opportunity to learn to enjoy the subject too. I recommend for parents to observe the first lesson to see the tutor's skills in action, and watch/listen carefully to future lessons when possible, to make sure the tutor has an encouraging, supportive attitude at all times. (Tutors should welcome and respond positively to the child's questions, and NEVER make the child feel "stupid," no matter what.) It is most important to have a safe and quiet place for studying, without distractions. I like to find a quiet table at a library, and work with students there. I welcome suggestions from parents, and I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching skills.
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What a way to start off the New Year! First I met with a student for US History and Living Environment. She is taking the Regents exams in three weeks. When I first met with her, Cee had a fear of taking exams, and was very nervous. She struggled with understanding both subjects; the Historical Events and dates, as well as the vocabulary words for Biology. Her next struggles were understanding and answering the document based questions for US History and the short responses for LE. Now she answers them much more confidently and accurately, and has even improved in writing her document based and thematic essays for US History. I am so proud of her and is certain that she will pass both Regents exams. Then I met with my grade 4 student for Math, English Language Art and Science. He has gone from scoring 31% to 83% on his practice science exam. He is much more confident with doing Math and ELA assignments. I am so proud of him. Then it was on to my grade 6 Math student. When... read more
It's a Bright New Year, with many new learning experiences and opportunities! Embrace them all! I have seen so much growth and improvement in all my Students this year. It makes the possibilities of this New Year so exciting I can't wait to get started! Don't waste another minute, if you have not scheduled your time, call today a few slots are open. Remember, I do have some daytime hours for younger children, and if your child is home sick, I can help catch them up if they have missed time and assignments. Call, I am here to help each child meet their potential. Have a Super New Year! Diana
Hi Everyone! I am excited to to say that I met my first student. He was awesome! One thing I will do to help improve the lessons is to use the ideas in "Comprehension Going Forward: Where We Are and What's Next" which has one of my favorite authors in it. I hope that her ideas improve my ability to be effect. Also, I want to say that my student's family is so nice. I was honored to be accepted into their presence.
'Miss Gil, my teacher did fractions today in School, and I really understood them, and I even helped my best friend with her work.
This is what my student, Alysa, told me on Monday, December 3rd. She has been struggling with fractions, and so I would give her several practice exercises, and show her some new ways to do them. I had her convert mix numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. I had Alysa add, subtract, multiply and divide a variety of fractions. Just when she seems to understand them a bit, I had her cross divide. At first she was a bit confused and resistant because her teacher was not teaching her to cross divide/cancel. As she began realizing how much easier it makes arriving at the final answer, she began to gravitate towards this method. Now her teacher is teaching this method in class, and she is so excited. Not only did she understand and pass her quiz, she was able to assist her best friend. She came to the tutoring session beaming with pride. I am so proud of her. Now we are on to decimals and percentage. So far so good :).
It's ChristmasTime! Can you believe another year will soon be over? As we reflect on this years events and look forward to a bright new year, keep your childs' education in mind. There are so many opportunities we all need to take advantage of. There are so many educational games, cards, books, and even dvd's that would make great stocking stuffers, events to broaden your childs' mind and time spent just talking. And of course, your weekly tutoring sessions! During this free time between the holidays, I will be available and ready to work around your busy Christmas and New Years schedules. They have been working hard, but the long haul will be coming in January. Let's not slack now. Keep them sharp and ready for new challenges. Call, text, email, we can schedule a time that is convenient for you. As always, I am looking forward to working with you and your child in the coming New Year. Happy Holidays to everyone!
Hi everyone. My name is Jennifer, and if you read my profile, you will get to know a lot about me and my teaching philosophy. I have been teaching since 1997, but have been out of the classroom since my husband went to Iraq. I have been subbing for the past 3 years, and have worked at a tutoring learning center. I enjoyed the one on one so much that I decided that I would love to work with more students without being told what or how I have to teach. I believe that it is important for a tutor to figure out how their student learns so that they are able to help them learn the best way for them. Not all students learn the same. One suggestion that I have made to my current clients, which the parents have agreed with, is that I believe that having tutoring sessions in the students’ home is a source of distraction. I know that when my son comes home from school, the last thing that he wants to do is “study” or do homework. He wants to play, relax, and spend time with family... read more
Sharing success stories can be a little bit heady – I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I am so very proud of my students and their accomplishments, it’s hard not to share! The following excerpt is taken from a student’s letter to the International Dyslexia Association in response to their “Honor A Teacher” campaign. Through mail and email, members, friends and supporters of IDA were invited to submit information about a special teacher, and “Unsung Hero” who has made significant contribution to their life or their child’s life. In my student’s letter to IDA she stated, “Kim is very patient, explains a lot, and never misses a day. She is kind, nice and friendly with a very warm personality. At first I was very nervous because I didn’t know the place or the people, but I was very comfortable with Kim. Kim is a very good teacher. I am thankful to have her versus any other teacher. I understand things the first time she explains them, my reading is much better now and I... read more
The Orton-Gillingham methodology is a method of reading instruction that focuses on multi-sensory learning. The basic idea is that some students, particularly students with learning issues like dyslexia, benefit from using their senses to activate and retrain parts of the brain that are used in reading. As a result, Orton-Gillingham based instruction features a lot of interesting hands-on activities. From my own experience as a teacher and tutor, Orton-Gillingham methodologies work very well when they are used as intended and when instruction is not rushed. Reading issues often develop over years and sometimes take years to successfully address. Students must be receive systematic instruction in phonics where they do not move onto the next step until they demonstrate mastery of the current step. Some students move through the levels in days while others can take months. Some tutors will be less than forthcoming about how long reading instruction can take, but I prefer... read more
This link provides parents with ideas for alternative programs and resources in place to assist CPS parents and students through the strike. http://familiesintheloop.com/update/10577/chicago-teachers-strike-resources-for-families/
The above-referenced subjects include different-aged PreK-College student needs I have experienced at the beginning of each school year since Fall 2010, when I first began tutoring in earnest via WyzAnt, instead of substituting daily for lesser pay in 18 area elementaries in our school district. I am not including higher math (Grade 7 and above) in my math tutoring experience. I also have helped adults with ESL/ESOL, general and academic reading/writing/comprehension/test preparation as well as public speaking for different-sized audiences, sometimes at-the-last-minute before "the big presentation day".
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