I have several students who would be glad to read more, if they have books recommended to them that are 'interesting'. I'm compiling a list of books for different grade levels, and would appreciate any recommendations from tutors or parents. My immediate need is for books for an advanced 5th grader, and a 9th grader who is only interested in sports and the Odyssey! Also, I... read more
An introduction from a tutor on WyzAnt.com, Greg K.
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... read more
How is Colin Craven and Mary Lennox alike? How is Mary Lennox and Colin Craven different?
When my son Bryon was in elementary school, he had lots of trouble learning how to read. This baffled and upset me because his older brother had been reading since Kindergarten. I knew that I should never compare my children and I knew that just because Bryon was not a good reader did not mean he was in any way less intelligent than his brother. Still, it began to break my heart when I would... read more
It is evident that students do not engage in enough sustained silent reading at home, and this I believe, is causing students to perform poorly in school. Their vocabulary is not strong, which makes it difficult to decode and identify the meanings of words in a sentence. Even if you teach Context Clues, if they don't read enough outside of school, then they will never practice this very important... read more
Lexile and You Does it seem like you are always hearing that word? Your child is below his or her Lexile? They need to be at a 540 or at a 1080? What exactly is a Lexile and how can you make it work for you? Lexile is a reading meta-matrix that actually takes reading material and assigns it "value". The "value" is referred to as its Lexile score or simply as its Lexile. It is simply... read more
When addressing general learning - especially in K-6 - we must keep in mind that subjects cannot be separated from one another. An obvious example is science, which requires mathematics, writing, and usually reading. Mathematics word problems, of course, require skill in reading and logic. If we consider social studies, we quickly realize that reading, writing, science, and math concepts are... read more
I have an old version of this story my mother bought for me, it's at least a 30-year-old book, so it's a little soft around the edges, yet I still keep it on my bookshelf. Reading is Fundamental was the focus of a PSA I saw on regular rotation when I was growing up in New York. Books are still valuable to me, and a fundamental start to learning a little bit of everything. I recently made this... read more
During “Leiningen Versus the Ants,” Leiningen’s attitude toward the ants changes from
If you are struggling to encourage a reluctant reader to read for at least 30 minutes per day, this website may help. I began using this with Beginning English as a Second Language (ESL) students but have found that it also works well for K-6 readers as well. Here are the instructions for accessing this FREE site: Go to http://larryferlazzo.com/englishbeg.html#stories a... read more
A few months ago a concerned mom shared that her children, who were at the time my creative writing students, do not like to read when she asks them to. She added that they become spacey and can’t answer her follow up questions for discussion. She also wanted to know if I had any suggestions for her. Well, of course I had! I suggested to her what I suggest to every... read more
After having been away from school all summer many students can get out of the "school" mood or mode and returning can be quite difficult. So at least 1 week before school starts students can turn the TV off, pick up their favorite book and start reading in 15 minute blocks. The goal is to get them absorbed in their favorite topic or book that they will have read beyond 15 minutes and not even... read more
I read this story and recorded it using animation to allow the story to come alive for young readers.
If you are like me and have a lot of things to do during the day, you may find yourself asking, "when the heck am I gonna have time to do my schoolwork?!". Here are my top four pointers that I think will help you stay on top of your game while also keeping you from letting all the good times pass you by! Because let's face it, all-nighters are never fun, and neither is missing out on a good,... read more
My first grade student blew me away today. He not only read the word, 'interesting,' all by himself -- but he also knew exactly how many syllables it has! After a full year tutoring, we have a great connection and each weekly session has its surprises. I find I learn from my students, just as they learn from me. Age does not seem to matter, each individual has his or her own personality... read more
Reading Strategies: Learning Vocabulary Written by tutor Beatriz G. The vocabulary dilemma for ESL learners is a big one. A person who has just arrived in the U.S. needs to gain a working vocabulary to be able to function at the most basic levels: go to the doctor, the store, find the right school for the children, get a driver’s license, and the list goes on. Researchers have... read more
Reading is an important skill you will use your whole life long. It is one of the main if not THE main way we learn. Reading can improve your grades and help you when you graduate and do the job you wnat to do for your life. People who read well can get bettter jobs and achieve thier goals in life more quickly. I think Reading can be fun, too. Read something you enjoy, even a joke or... read more
I have been providing academic tutoring for English study for over 15 years. I assist students with the improvement of grammar, writing, speaking, and vocabulary acquisition skills. I also teach a reading comprehension skills development...
Greetings everyone! How is your summer ending? Can you believe it? It's already time to head to school for most of us! Well, let me share with you the good news for this academic year on WyzAnt: There is now a new French tutor! And guess who is she? Me, of course, Ms.Jessie! I am also a communications professional and a skilled writer. I'm so happy to join this network and I hope to... read more