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Cindy P.

Columbia, MD

$35/hour

Fun with reading and math for early grades

300+ Hours
5.0 average from 190 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
Science:
Elementary Science
Art:
Art History
English:
Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
American History, Art History, Social Studies,
Writing
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Phonics,
Reading,
Special Needs, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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.

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 over 20 years. I am also trained in Montessori methods, so I incorporate both traditional and Montessori techniques. I try to work without worksheets as much as possible and use hands-on materials. My goal is to use games and activities that appeal to a student's special interests when I can. In reading, I work with phonics as well as sight words, because I believe both are important in our complicated language. For math, I have a variety of materials to demonstrate the concepts. With some advance notice, I can create materials to use with other subjects.

Elementary Math

I have a degree in Elementary Education, but I primarily use my Montessori training for math work. I have a variety of materials to demonstrate concepts, and I can help with homework. I like to use real-life math when I can.

Phonics

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

Reading

I have both a traditional and a Montessori background. I try to work without worksheets as much as possible and use games and activities that appeal to a student's special interests when I can. I have a large variety of reading games I play which include following directions, picking out words that don't rhyme, matching pictures with words or sentences, reading and writing descriptions of toys or other items, and drawing pictures to go with stories I have written. I work with phonics as well as sight words, because I believe both are important in our complicated language.

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.

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.