Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio (paralegal and bus ad)
I'm known as Ms. Wednesday at Pilot Elementary in Greensboro. I have been volunteering in Kindergarten and 1st grade classes for 15 years. At the beginning of each year, I listen and watch for the children who say they "hate to read", "reading is boring" or "it's too hard" and they are my challenges. I engage with those students and find their interests and strengths and find the books that "speak" to them. I work with the class as a whole by grading papers and working individually with the students on the problems they had on their class work.
After I have graded papers and helped individual students with the missed concepts, I get to do what I truly love; I read to the kids. I pick age appropriate books and make them fun! I engage them with and in the story, asking them about new words and making them participate along with the books character; ie gasping, shrugging, winking. Nothing is more endearing than watching children who are usually interested in only video games and TV, giggle and roll around the floor to the antics of the make-believe characters in the books.
I have been helping, tutoring kindergarten and first graders with their math questions and problems for 15 years and that's after I raised three children , one of which has special needs. If it takes counting on fingers or toes, with gummy bears or changing the visuals I keep trying til the child can "see" the problem and the concept
I am an avid reader and an unofficial resident of the local Barnes and Noble and local libraries. I am a stickler for proper grammar and drive my poor little students ( and my own children) crazy with the proper way to speak and write.
I believe that phonics is the best way to teach reading, English spelling is difficult enough at times, but if they can "sound it out" they can figure out most any words. I believe that phonics also applies to the sentence structure, if the word doesn't "sound" like it fits in the sentence, then there is probably a better word out there.
I think everyone should know how to spell, especially since so many of us depend on "spell-check" on our electronics and words are pronounced differently or purposely mispronounced. I drove my kids crazy as children when they would ask how to spell a word and I would refer them to a dictionary. I also have to proof read my bosses writing, while I type it and make sure she sounds as intelligent as she obviously is.
I have a knack or gift for making children "turn on" to reading. Those children that meet up with me and express a lack of wonder or desire or ability to read are my special challenges. I believe you can't do well in any subject at school if you can't read well, any improvement in that ability will improve all subjects in school work. And I believe that there is a book out there for everyone that will spark their imagination and make them Readers. I'm known as Ms. Wednesday at Pilot Elementary in Greensboro. I have been volunteering in Kindergarten and 1st grade classes for 15 years. At the beginning of each year, I listen and watch for the children who say they "hate to read", "reading is boring" or "it's too hard" and they are my challenges. I engage with those students and find their
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Twenty years of tutoring in local grade schools.
Currently tutoring at Tristan's Quest with children with learning differences.
I am a prodigious reader. I have been since I was a young child. It is impossible to read and grow, and not learn and absorb new words. Our dictionary was the most used reference book in my home during my childhood and for a long period of time in my children's as well. I have no specific experience or educational background other than my use of the English language. When I read to the children at the school I volunteer at, when I come across a word that they may not know or recognize I always stop and ask "What is that?" Sometimes they are close or maybe one or two may know it, but by asking and engaging the children, all of them know the meaning of the word and probably a synonym or two as well by the time I'm through.