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Barbara M.

Clearwater, FL

$37/hour

Patient and experienced Tutor for all basic subjects

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/7/14
5.0 average from 67 ratings

$37/Hour


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University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind
Bachelor of Science

Education

University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind (Bachelor of Science)

About Barbara

I have been tutoring elementary school students for 25 years. I owned my own tutoring business for the past 9 years in Palo Alto, CA. Since retiring, I have been accepting a limited number of students. I specialize in teaching reading using a wonderful and successful phonics program called Words In Color. I can teach children as young as 4 years old to read and comprehend what they read. This sets them up to succeed in school from the very beginning. I can help any student who is challenged in reading, reading comprehension, or any other elementary or middle school subject. Being a writer myself, I can help any age student learn structure and style in writing. I have made this my life passion and have helped hundreds of students along the way to feel more confidence, self-esteem, and love for learning.

My original career path led me to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Then, when my own two children were young, I began volunteering at their private school. I was soon in love with teaching and this led to my being hired as a private school teacher, junior high level classes. I did this for 4 years, at which time I began to tutor for a Los Angeles based company, and I found this worked best for me in my life.

I love children, and have spent many happy hours with my students. My philosophy is that a child can learn anything if it is presented in the correct way. I have studied extensively about how students learn and what barriers they run into that prevent learning. I use this data with every child I tutor and I have always been very successful in keeping them engaged and winning. With the very young child, I teach through learning games which they love.

I believe that each one of us are geniuses in our own way. As a tutor, I try to find that spark in a child which tells me I have found their way of being a genius, and I follow this spark to set the format of our lessons together. As an example, some children need to be active and learn best while moving. So my games become ones where they can learn as they move. Some respond best to music, some like to use art to take in data, so I structure my lessons with them accordingly.

I tutor in the student's home, where he or she is comfortable. All we need is a quiet corner, table and chairs. My first visit to meet and evaluate the student and familiarize the parent with my programs and recommendations is free. At that time we can set up a schedule. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, but I am flexible about rescheduling and making up missed lessons.

If you are considering tutoring for your child, I congratulate you on deciding to do something which will impact their whole future positively. Sometimes it takes one-on-one interaction with someone knowledgeable, who cares and understands, for a student to overcome confusions and challenges which prevent him from getting all he can out of his education. I look forward to speaking with you personally and to having the opportunity to help.
I have been tutoring elementary school students for 25 years. I owned my own tutoring business for the past 9 years in Palo Alto, CA. Since retiring, I have been accepting a limited number of students. I specialize in teaching reading using a wonderful and successful phonics program called Words In Color. I can teach children as young as 4 years Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

3 or more hours per week the rate is $32/hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Clearwater, FL 33765
Background Check: Passed
English:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring elementary students for the past 25 years. I have been trained in and have used extensively: Words in Color phonics and early reading program, Linda Mood-Bell reading comprehension programs and spelling programs. I have developed my own writing program, but have studied several others including Writing Excellence (Structure and Style in Writing). I have tutored many students in I have also taught in private schools in California, teaching K-1, Grade 4 and Grades 6-9.

Elementary Math

I have taught math to hundreds of early grade students and can explain it in such a way that it seems fun to the student. I begin with having him learn the definitions for the basic concepts of math, a step which is often overlooked and breeds confusion.

I have specialized over the years in teaching reading through phonics, using a great program called Words In Color. It was developed by an educator who spoke 42 languages and designed teaching programs in many of them. His program makes it easy for a child to learn the rules of pronunciation of English. I will evaluate your son and let you know exactly what I will do to make reading fun for him. I can work on his penmanship in conjunction with these lessons.

Being a writer myself, I love to teach children to write. I teach structure and style in writing. I also used the Linda Mood-Bell method of using images to stimulate the ability to think in pictures and then to describe them in words.

Elementary Science

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree and I have taught science in elementary school levels. I have many years experience and can make the subject interesting and understandable for students.

Phonics

I studied Words in Color phonics program in 1981 and have used it extensively since then in teaching my own children, and in private schools and in my tutoring career of 25 years. I owned my own tutoring business and taught my tutors to use this amazing phonics program. I have taught hundreds of children to read using this phoncis program.

Reading

I have been teaching young readers for 25 years using a phonics program called "Words In Color." I have trained in the Linda Mood Bell methods for improving reading comprehension and writing skills. I have completed extensive courses in English Grammar and Communication Skills, Study Skills, and Vocabulary instruction.

University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind
Bachelor of Science

Education

University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind (Bachelor of Science)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $37.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

3 or more hours per week the rate is $32/hour

Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 10 miles of Clearwater, FL 33765.