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Margaret P.

New Ipswich, NH

$50/hour

Homeschool Mom With Strong Language Arts Background

10+ Hours
4.6 average from 8 ratings
Creative tutoring
— Karyn, Pepperell, MA on 9/19/13

$50/Hour


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UMass Amherst
UNH/Durham
Other

Education

UMass Amherst

UNH/Durham (Other)

About Margaret

In my 20 plus years of teaching I have worked with students from elementary to high school level, and even adults with learning deficits, assessing strengths in order to use them to work on weak areas. I believe teaching/learning should be relevant, engaging, as hands-on as possible, measurable and applicable to a person's life and goals.

Whether tutoring a remedial student or a gifted student, I am focused on the individual's learning style and goals when structuring tutoring sessions and while interacting with a student. It's important for the student to experience success and see measured progress.

My formal education was at UMass/Amherst (BA French, 1978); University of Grenoble, France (Semester Abroad, 1977); Salem State College, MA (Continuing Ed., 1979); and UNH/Durham, NH (Arts of Teaching program, including teaching internships, leading to Teacher Certification K-12, 1981). My first teaching position was at a private Christian school where I assisted in the high school learning center, which used ACE curriculum, and taught French. During my second (and final) year there, my husband and I started a family and I spent the next 20 years raising 6 children and providing home education for (most of) them. My youngest, now nearly 18, is autistic and intellectually disabled, and has been enrolled in public school since age 6.
In my 20 plus years of teaching I have worked with students from elementary to high school level, and even adults with learning deficits, assessing strengths in order to use them to work on weak areas. I believe teaching/learning should be relevant, engaging, as hands-on as possible, measurable and applicable to a person's life and goals. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of New Ipswich, NH 03071

"Creative tutoring"

- Karyn, Pepperell, MA on 9/19/13
Math:
Prealgebra
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Sewing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Cooking

I have experience that can take a student from basic knowledge of cooking terms, procedures and utensils to intermediate level food preparation of a wide variety of recipes commonly found in American cuisine, and some European and Asian dishes as well. Food safety and personal safety in the kitchen is covered as well. I have over 30 years experience cooking for my family, including preparing food for babies, making jams and preserves, baking, candy, and even home made soap!

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught all subjects in grades K-6 to my own children as a home school Mom, using varying curricula with students who had different learning strengths and weaknesses. I have learned to adjust methods but not standards, to meet the student's needs. Prior to home schooling, I student taught a fourth grade class as part of my teacher training. When I teach, I prefer to integrate subjects as much as possible to facilitate cross over of concepts and build deeper connections in the brain.

Elementary Science

As a homeschooling Mom of 20 plus years, I have taught elementary science using a variety of curricula and supplemental resources, to children with different learning styles, strengths and weaknesses. I believe integrating other subjects where beneficial and using a hands-on approach wherever possible, bring relevance and greater interest to the student, engaging him/her in the learning process to a greater degree.

English

Home schooling my own children through high school required that I lead my students from the basics of vocabulary, spelling, and sentences, to forming cohesive paragraphs, to achieving flow in a composition. As their powers of purposeful expression grew, attributes such as writing for a certain audience, creating mood, vivid description, strong verbs, trim wording, and paragraph linking developed in their writing. A broader knowledge of grammar and technical elements such as proofreading and editing/critiquing their own work developed as well. The use of well written, motivational reading materials is an important part of learning to write well. Materials at each level are available to move the student along, progressing toward stronger skills in comprehension, usage, and expression.

Handwriting

I've taught reading by the phonics method known as The Writing Road to Reading, and the beginning steps are all about handwriting and pen/cil control. The student is taught to observe the space within which s/he is asked to write, give attention to where to start each stroke used to form manuscript letters and cursive letters, and then practice begins on these things. We quickly move on to forming letters, referring to the stroke shapes and working slowly with good control to train the eye and hand and the ear. After all, this is a phonics-based method for learning to read, so we are associating letter formation with the sound/s the letter, or letter combinations, makes. The Writing Road to Reading is an integrative approach that gives a strong foundation of phonics while building pen/cil control, thus neat handwriting.

Phonics

I believe learning phonics gives a child a strong start in learning language, any language. The method I used with my children in our home school was Riggs, which progressed naturally from sounds to written symbols to spelling to clear usage and composition, including penmanship, and engaged the ear, the eye, the voice and the hand. Phonics is a set of sounds. The spelling of these sounds is where rules and their exceptions come in, which can be confusing and potentially never mastered if not paired with proper phonics instruction. I see phonics as a foundation for all the Language Arts.

SAT Reading

There are two elements to consider: reading strategies and test taking. Reading for key ideas, looking at the questions before reading the selection, and dealing with unknown vocabulary by using context clues are some strategies we can practice. Test taking strategies, such as quickly deciding which questions you can most easily answer and which to save for later, preparing to do your best by getting proper rest, eating a good meal before the test, having the test taking tools you need, becoming acquainted with the testing location if it is unfamiliar to you, and the confidence that you have gained from tutoring, will all help you to focus on each question/item and put forth your best effort.

Sewing

Reading patterns, taking measurements, selecting fabrics and notions, and basic garment construction following a pattern using basic sewing terms, are skills I can model and teach to the beginning seamstress. I have sewn my own clothes since 6th grade and have sewn clothes for children and adults. I have the practical know-how to guide a novice to become an accomplished seamstress.

Spelling

The Writing Road to Reading was my basic resource in homeschooling, for teaching language arts. It is a guide to implementing the Orton Gillingham method, a phonics based approach to language teaching. It is an intensive, sequential phonics-based system that teaches the basics of word formation before whole meanings. The method accommodates and utilizes the three learning modalities, or pathways, through which people learn—visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Unlike some scripted and rigid reading programs, the Orton-Gillingham Approach is a system that allows for flexibility.

Writing

Home education of five individuals, my own children, through high school, required that I lead my students from the basics of vocabulary, spelling, and sentences, to forming cohesive paragraphs, to achieving flow in a composition. As they grew their powers of purposeful expression, attributes such as writing for a certain audience, creating mood, vivid description, strong verbs, trim wording, and paragraph linking developed in their writing, along with a broader knowledge of grammar and technical elements such as proofreading and editing/critiquing their own work.

UMass Amherst
UNH/Durham
Other

Education

UMass Amherst

UNH/Durham (Other)

Creative tutoring

I'm a homeschooling mother of four, two of whom are school aged. Margaret has been working mostly with my five-year-old while I work with his older brother. She has found creative ways to use the curricula that we have selected, which has helped to keep my very silly, daydreaming, chatty little boy engaged. For example, in his first tutoring session, Margaret had him stand facing her and pretend

— Karyn, Pepperell, MA on 9/19/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Margaret will travel within 20 miles of New Ipswich, NH 03071.