William Rainey HARPER COLLEGE (MEDICAL ASSISTANT)
HEALTH MGMT. AND EDUCATION (Other)
St. Vincent Hospital School of Infant Nursing, Child Growth & Development (Other)
As an Infant Nurse, Preschool Teacher, parent and Nanny, I have always loved working with children and respect the uniqueness of each one. Learning should be non-threatening and fun. Because no two children are alike I try to find the best methods for yours. Most children this age love lots of hands-on activities including games and colorful graphics along with verbal explanations and discussions. Whatever skills we are working on my job is to find the key to your individual child.
Teaching pre-schoolers for Operation Head Start was both fun and rewarding. I worked with disadvantaged four and five year olds to help them become prepared to enter the school system. It was exciting to see how pleased they were when they mastered a new skill! My education as a Child Care Technician, Medical Assistant, and Health Management and Education major has helped me find new and better ways of teaching or training students of all ages.
Everyday life skills as well as academics are an important part of preparing to enter school. I can assist in helping them become better at dressing themselves, manners, hygiene, safety, or other areas that may need improvement; they will become more self sufficient and confident. My goal is to help children enjoy learning and gain self-esteem so they are ready and eager to begin Kindergarten. They enjoy games, skits, acting and bright colorful teaching aids to encourage them to pay attention and have fun while they learn. The more they experience the more their curiosity is piqued to explore the word we live in. I rely on parents to let me know which areas need the most attention so we can work together to set up a plan.
If you feel your child needs to enhance their basic skills to be more successful prior to starting school I will do this in a creative way tailored to your little one. As an Infant Nurse, Preschool Teacher, parent and Nanny, I have always loved working with children and respect the uniqueness of each one. Learning should be non-threatening and fun. Because no two children are alike I try to find the best methods for yours. Most children this age love lots of hands-on activities including games and colorful
I will supply most of the materials for classes but there may be occasions when parents will be asked to reimburse for some items which children will keep to use. Twins? Charges would be $55.00/hr.
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My first teaching experience was working with Operation Head Start working with four year olds the summer prior to their Kindergarten year. These students were taught the basic skills needed to be successful when beginning their K-6 years.
Since this time I have tutored grade school children in Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Social Studies, Science, Arithmetic, Health, Study Skills, and basic Life Skills. I have had success working with dyslexic students as well as those with minor learning disabilities. I try to find interesting ways to present material. Using arts, crafts, games, and skits as well as outings which may be relevant to their subject matter helps make learning fun.
My education includes certification in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. I have experience teaching four and five year olds for Operation Head Start. After teaching children the alphabet and basic shapes, We work on letters and letter combinations or patterns that produce the sounds of words in our language. Learning phonics helps them understand the relationship between the alphabet letters and "sounding out" combinations into speech They learn that letters have meaning because of the sounds they represent. I use colorful posters, easy to remember phonics songs, games, and adorable DVD's to make learning phonics fun. The methods and materials I choose have been enjoyed by my past students who have had great success.
My experience with study skills includes helping to "map out" a child's weekly schedule on a easy to see calendar. Student's study time is incorporated along with their extra curricular activities. Test dates, home-work due dates, and special projects are entered on the calendar along with a schedule for getting them completed.
With parents, we decide on a quiet, adequately set up area to study and the rules for the time set aside to do so. We agree on breaks for rests, snacks, or exercise and discuss how interruptions such as as TV, music, phone, toys and pets will be handled.
A notebook divided by subject (if we are working on more than one) is put together for assignments, notes, and folders for homework. We talk about which classes they enjoy most and which are the most difficult for them. I suggest they arrange their time to do their least favorite projects or studying first. As work is completed it is checked off their list of assignments; this gives them a sense of accomplishment.
While writing technical brochures, procedure manuals, and client informational materials for my business I used up to date technical vocabulary geared toward my industry. With an education in Health Management and Education, writing was a huge part of my job. My employees were also trained to use the correct vocabulary when speaking to clients or writing reports.
When working with children I help them learn, use and understand the vocabulary for the various subjects they are studying. I do not hesitate to speak to them using more sophisticated words so they enlarge their current vocabulary.
While employed with an occupational health company I wrote the procedures manual as well as most of the training manuals for employees hired as medical technicians. While operating my own company for over seventeen years I wrote my own advertising brochures, manuals, and training materials.
As a Nanny and Tutor now, I use creative methods to make learning fun and stress-free by employing clever ways to help children of all ages learn to write well.