I have just retired from 28 years in public education. I was a classroom teacher (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) as well as an instructional coach working with teachers to improve their literacy instruction. I also was affiliated with the University of Denver and their Teacher Education Program, preparing future elementary teachers with best practices in reading, and word study. That being said, with a touch of fall in the air I realize I am missing that excitement of the first day of school and seeing the bright and curious minds of my first graders. I truly believe that all children can learn to read and once they conquer that feat nothing can stand in their way of future academic success.
I truly love to teach reading and know that I have the tools and experience to help you child become a reader. Reading for meaning is my goal supported by a understanding of phonetics. I employ the strategies and practices of Balanced Literacy (reading/writing), Reading Recovery, and F.A.S.T (Foundations and Analysis of Systematic Thought). I make reading fun through songs, chants, and poetry. I also know that for some kiddos learning to read comes through their writing ... so writing will always a part of my instruction.
I would like the opportunity to help your child become a reader!
I was trained in Balanced Literacy where reading is starts with the whole story and it's message to the more discreet words, letters, and sounds. Reading is FOR meaning!
I have been trained in Reading Recovery as well as F.A.S.T. (Foundations and Analysis of Systematic Thought). Both approaches have a strong components in phonemic awareness and phonics.
One of my favorite books is Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus. Leo is a small tiger who "can't" do what all his other friends can do and his father becomes very worried about Leo and watches Leo's every movement. Over time, Leo blooms and all is well. I would love the opportunity to help you little "Leo" bloom into a confident reader and writer! I have just retired from 28 years in public education. I was a classroom teacher (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) as well as an instructional coach working with teachers to improve their literacy instruction. I also was affiliated with the University of Denver and their Teacher Education Program, preparing future elementary teachers with best practices in
I have been trained in Reading Recovery which looks at the reading process from graphophonics (sound/letter) relationship to word study (spelling patterns) to reading for meaning. I am also train in F.A.S.T. (Foundations of Analysis, Synthesis and Thoughtfulness). F.A.S.T. is a rigorous system of word analysis, again beginning with graphophonics and word study. I have also read the findings of the National Reading Panel which laid out the 5 components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonetics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The above approaches and research have given me a strong understanding of the importance of a student to develop a solid working of phonics to support foundational reading, side by side with reading for meaning.
I am trained in Reading Recovery, FAST, and Balanced Literacy, DRA2 and QRI assessment. (I bring a very eclectic approach to teaching). The above approaches provide both development of decoding abilities and comprehension skills and knowledge.