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I am a former homeschool teacher. I taught my oldest child PreK through second grade. I am eager to help children with reading/phonics or other trouble areas at the elementary level.
I utilize flash cards and magnetic phonogram tiles and games to aid with teaching. I believe it's important to try methods that work best for the particular child (ie. are they a visual learner, etc.).
I have always been interested in education. I shadowed a teacher and completed the CBEST to substitute teach while I lived in CA, but they were not hiring at the time. I later had a family of my own and became what is known as an accidental homeschooler.
While I am not actively homeschooling full-time, I still research games and educational materials for after school reinforcement or future use. If you think I could help your child, please let me know so we can set up a consultation. I am a former homeschool teacher. I taught my oldest child PreK through second grade. I am eager to help children with reading/phonics or other trouble areas at the elementary level.
I utilize flash cards and magnetic phonogram tiles and games to aid with teaching. I believe it's important to try methods that work best for the
Maureen is very resourceful. She was very patient and willing to work with my 4-year-son. She provided detailed information, websites, and materials important to my son's educational development and growth. I was very impressive with her knowledge of blending and chunking of words appropriate for his age.
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I homeschooled my oldest child from preK through second. In language arts I utilized items like phonogram flash cards, games and workbooks (like Explode the Code). We also did reading comprehension worksheets in addition to using Time4Learning.com. In math we used games (such as Sum Swamp) along with our curriculum (mostly Math Mammoth) and supplemental tools like the book Two Plus Two is Not Five as well as Math-Aids.com. My child took a placement test which covered math and reading to enter third grade in which he worked until it got hard. He stopped at the beginning of grade five work.
We also covered geography, history, science and some Spanish. For geography we have used the website Seterra, USA puzzles, and flashcards in addition to our curriculum (Elemental History which includes USA maps). I also have some "Who was?" series books about famous people. Science was primarily taught online (we used a few different programs such as Science Fusion and Science4Us). For Spanish we have used The Complete Book of Starter Spanish (which is essentially a children's coloring/work book) and Getting Started with Spanish. We also used a little bit of Duolingo. On a few occasions I have worked with Spanish speakers learning English as well, just overseeing their pronunciation of English words and phrases.
I continue to work with my child on cursive/penmanship.
I feel confident if a parent wanted me to help their child with one of the main subjects it should not be a problem.
I taught my homeschooled child to read using phonics. I believe there are very few words in the English language that cannot be pronounced relying on phonics, despite the use of the term "sight words." Those words are often really just "high frequency words." The flash cards I put together from a number of resources include some less common uses of phonograms. For example "oe" is not limited to the sound in "toe." Its other sound is found in "shoe." I use magnetic tiles and games as other teaching tools in this area.