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Cindy P.

Columbia, MD

$35/hour

Homeschool reading and math for early grades

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 2/18/11
5.0 average from 178 ratings

$35/Hour


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Muskingum College (now University)

Education

Muskingum College (now University)

About Cindy

I have a BA in elementary education and psychology, spent 20+ years teaching in a Montessori school, and I have tutored ages 6-17. I have worked with public and private school students as well as home school students. I have also worked with special needs students. I try to work without worksheets as much as possible and use games and activities that appeal to students' special interests when I can. I believe in a "you can do it" attitude and do not allow students to label themselves as stupid.

Because of transportation problems and the equipment I have available for tutoring, I prefer to work in my home.
I have a BA in elementary education and psychology, spent 20+ years teaching in a Montessori school, and I have tutored ages 6-17. I have worked with public and private school students as well as home school students. I have also worked with special needs students. I try to work without worksheets as much as possible and use games and activities Read more

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Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Columbia, MD 21045
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Elementary Math
English:
Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADHD

I have worked with a number of ADD/ADHD students, both individually and in the classroom. I have used techniques such as reward systems, self-checking systems (such as telling oneself "focus" or making a mark whenever finding oneself off-task), reducing distractions (facing a plain wall, using ear plugs, or drowning out other noise with music or white noise, etc.), praising positive behavior, or whatever we could find that would work for a particular student. I do believe in using medication for a time if it will help the student to learn how it feels to be less distracted and to develop good study habits.

I don't believe in children who can't be helped; only in children for whom no one has found the right approach.

Art History

I have a BA in elementary education/psychology. I created an art history course for a teenage homeschool student in which he studied individual artists in order of the time they lived, coloring a picture of each artist's work, and writing a biography. Then he placed the artists on a timeline which included other things happening in the world at the time. I also created and taught an art appreciation course to kindergarten students several times. We studied one element of art each session (such as line, texture, etc), reading a book about it, using paint or other media to practice it, and creating a book for each child with short descriptions, examples of famous artwork, and their own work.

Bible Studies

I took several courses dealing with the Bible and Christianity in college. I have done considerable study since while working with students of all ages in Sunday School, and I currently attend (and help lead) a weekly Bible study as well as adult Sunday school classes.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a BA in Elementary Education and have taught and tutored elementary students for many years.

Phonics

I am trained in and taught the Montessori method, which strongly emphasizes phonics.

Social Studies

I hold a BA degree in elementary education/psychology. I have worked with social studies in my teacher training and in recent tutoring. I have used pictures, note-taking, and timelines to help students with this subject.

Special Needs

I have worked with quite a few special needs children in the classroom, in tutoring, and in a social skills course. I have studied the symptoms of various learning disabilities and how to work with them. I try to work with each student in the way he/she will be most successful. I also have met with teachers, advised and reassured parents, attended IEP meetings, observed classes, and taught a social skills course for special needs children. I have also worked with students on daily living skills.

Study Skills

I have worked on organization and study skills with many students. I have found that the first thing most students need to do is organize their notebooks, study space, and make their equipment (stapler, pencils, extra paper, markers, etc.) easy to find and use. We talk about the environment, the best time for them to study, and even how their sleep and eating habits effect their work. I emphasize using their school planner and/or a special homework folder. We look at the way the textbooks are organized and talk about the importance of bold type, colored boxes of information, list of objectives, etc. I even found a complete course on study skills on Pinkmonkey and worked through it with one student.

Muskingum College (now University)

Education

Muskingum College (now University)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cindy will travel within 0 miles of Columbia, MD 21045.