New Hampshire College (now Southern NH University) (Bus. Admin, English)
It is well documented that regular reading stimulates the brain's learning center, enhancing vocabulary, comprehension and retention in all areas of learning. I, myself, have been an avid reader since the age of nine. My college co-major was English, with a focus on grammar, spelling, composition, reading and proofreading.
My tutoring method is to back up to the basic fundamentals of reading to determine what the child has already mastered and where I need to begin. Sometimes a "missed step" early on can be detrimental to continuing progress. I tutor at the child's level, with lots of patience and genuine praise for every little victory. It's amazing how quickly a child will get excited to keep going with the right acknowledgement and encouragement. At the beginning of every session, I quickly review the previous session to make sure the child "got it." Then we continue making steady progress until the child is on par with, or ahead of, the appropriate reading level for him or her.
Let me give you a little bit of my own background to demonstrate why I believe I am well qualified to tutor your child: I was the single parent (24/7/365) of a little girl. One of our favorite and most fun "games" was learning the alphabet when she was about 18 months old. Using those brightly-colored magnetic letters and numbers, she learned to point (she couldn't quite speak yet) to the letters I asked for, even when they were jumbled up and out of order. We began reading pre-school books when she was two. She was recognizing common 2-letter and 3-letter words within 30 days. By the time she was five, she was reading at the first grade level. When she started kindergarten, I had also taught her the alphabet in American Sign Language, as well as some rudimentary Spanish (at least what I could remember from high school Spanish class.) At the request of their parents, I also taught some of her pre-school friends to read. My daughter was placed into the Gifted Student Program in the third grade and stayed there right through middle school. She did dual enrollment in high school and graduated with both her diploma and a 2-year college degree. She will graduate college in the Spring (two years early) with a degree in Biology and will then enter medical school with the goal of becoming a surgeon. I'd like think my teaching her to read at an early age played a role in her scholastic success. At least the formal "statistics" say so. :-)
While I did attend college, co-majoring in Business Administration and English, I was forced to leave school early due to a family medical emergency, at which point I became a full-time caregiver. As a result, I do not have a college degree, nor do I have any "official" licenses or certifications, which is why my rate is lower than the other tutors on this site. I have the qualifications to tutor reading, spelling and phonics; I just don't have the framed parchment to hang on my wall. I hope you will take a chance and let me prove myself to you. I am confident I can make a real difference in your child's reading comprehension and retention. Good spelling and reading skills are crucial to all other school subjects as well.
I am available for tutoring most afternoons, and some evenings, and currently have a few openings for new students . My preference of physical location for one-on-one tutoring is either a quiet, distraction-free area in the student's home or a library study room.
Give me the opportunity to work with your child; I'm confident I can help increase his or her reading skills in a fun, stress-free way. It is well documented that regular reading stimulates the brain's learning center, enhancing vocabulary, comprehension and retention in all areas of learning. I, myself, have been an avid reader since the age of nine. My college co-major was English, with a focus on grammar, spelling, composition, reading and proofreading.
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Phonics is one of the fundamental cornerstones of reading. Without first identifying and mastering the sounds of letters and letter combinations, a child can not progress to spelling and reading comprehension. My tutoring methodology is to back up to the basics: phonics. Using age-appropriate books and flash cards, I begin by reinforcing and enhancing the child's recognition of the sounds of letters and letter combinations, including soft and long vowel sounds. I will have the child "sound out" the letter combinations or even put the various phonetic sounds together to form a word. By encouraging the child to "build" the word, and then put the words together to form a sentence, the child feels empowered and encouraged by his own ability to succeed.