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Wright State University, Ohio (Elementary Education)
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Young children often do not receive enough daily instruction in phonics, reading, writing, and math. These early, formative years are critical. Have you considered a private, professional tutor to help your child build a strong academic foundation? This early investment will have life-long benefits.
* I tutor children in preschool through grade 3 in phonics, reading, writing, and math.
* My specialty area is preparing children for kindergarten.
* I am qualified to be your child's homeschool teacher.
* I provide English-speaking lessons for adults.
* I also teach beginner swim lessons.
My available hours are:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
I am a well-seasoned, licensed, K-8 elementary teacher and have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood concentration. I taught grades K-4 in various school settings for thirteen years. In addition, I have homeschooled my own three children for twelve years, and two other preschool children for three years. I have over 1,000 hours of experience in tutoring preschool and early elementary children. Occasionally, I teach a seminar class for parents, entitled "Teach Your Toddler to Read," in which I share my experiences, methods, and video clips in order to encourage and equip parents to teach their own young children.
Laying a strong academic foundation during a child's early years is my passion and expertise. I love to work with the beginner, preparing them to excel in school. The homeschooled children that I have taught, using a strong phonics foundation, have learned to read at ages two and three, and were reading fluently by ages three and four. You can see 9 actual lessons taking place on my video clips, if you scroll down to "Resources" and click on "Go to Joan's resources". These children have also been introduced to basic math and writing at age three with successful results. I firmly believe that children are capable of learning at a much younger age than they are taught in the traditional classroom. I have high expectations, and my students typically rise to the challenge. I use fun, creative activities to engage the child and to help them develop a love for learning.
Private one-on-one lessons are the best way for a young child to learn, whether it be academics, music, swimming, or other skills. Your investment in your young child's education will reap rewards well into their school years and on into college, career, and life. My husband and I have experienced the joy of seeing our three children receive generous college scholarships for their academic success attained throughout their school years. We firmly believe that it is because they were taught at a very young age to love learning and to have high aspirations. I would enjoy being a part of helping your child reach their academic potential, too.
The most important subjects in the early years are phonics, reading, writing, and math. I can teach all of these subjects or just focus on one subject. If you are interested in laying a strong academic foundation in these areas, to help your child excel in school, I would love to hear from you.
I look forward to the opportunity of teaching your child. References are available upon request. My recent background check is on file with WyzAnt. Young children often do not receive enough daily instruction in phonics, reading, writing, and math. These early, formative
We are so blessed to have Joan as our daughter's teacher. Joan is someone who is extremely passionate towards helping kids with gaining academic knowledge in the most systematic, innovative and effective ways. She does this from her heart, a very sincere and professional. She is always very punctual and focused.
In the shortest time period, my daughter started displaying tremendous improvement in reading/writing alphabets, saying words and sentences with correct pronunciation. She also started counting numbers all the way to 100 in short time span. All these would not have been possible without Joan's teaching methods.
Another wonderful aspect of Joan is her ability to connect with kids. She has obviously become my daughter's best friend and we always hear my kid talking about Joan and it sounds so great.
As a parent, I strongly recommend Joan to any parent who wants the best for their kids.
Miss Joan was teaching my 4 year old. When they started my son was completely disinterested, impatient, and got easily distracted. Very soon after we started going to miss Joan I saw great improvement in his attitude - now we can actually sit down and study together for an hour, which was impossible before. In addition among other things he learned all letters (he knew some before, but not 100%), learned how to hold his pencil and, most importantly, that studying can be fun!
Joan is very patient and knowledgeable. I feel that Hayden is going to learn a lot from Joan. She is worth every penny!
Joan has dramatically helped our first grader develop reading fluency and confidence. She introduces new material and advances through curriculum while also practicing and providing a solid review, reinforcement of reading skills.
Our son is doing well in school, but has had trouble with handwriting and sentence structure. From the start she set our son at ease with her calm nature. Joan uses her time with our son wisely and after each lesson, follows up with notes via WyzAnt/email for our review. I can forward these notes on to our son's teacher, so she knows what is going on. Most of all, our son's attitude about learning and doing a little extra work towards his education has improved greatly. I believe this is a direct result of Joan's influence. I would highly recommend Joan for your tutoring needs.
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I have a B.S. degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood concentration, and I currently hold a State of Ohio 5-year Professional Teaching License for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. I have 13 years of classroom experience teaching grades K through 4 in various school settings, as well as 12 years of homeschool teaching experience. I have earned the Highly Qualified Teacher status with the State Dept. of Education, and I have 1,000+ hours of tutoring experience, with a 5-star rating. I am trained in several reading strategies and reading intervention programs: Orton-Gillingham, Leveled Literacy Intervention, and Response to Intervention. I am also trained in Time To Teach classroom management strategies.
I began teaching math as early as age 3, using first grade curriculum for my lesson plans, and allowing the child's natural abilities to set the pace at which I teach. Even at the first grade level, math starts with the basic concepts such as recognizing numbers, naming numbers, and counting, so I just jump right in. If the child is particularly gifted in math, we can go at a faster pace to keep the child challenged and excited about learning. If the child needs more time to understand the math concepts, we can slow down to meet the child's needs. Each skill that is learned becomes a part of the necessary foundation for future skills to build upon, and there is a definite order in which the skills need to be learned. To build a strong foundation, it is extremely necessary for some skills to be memorized, such as addition and subtraction facts, as well as multiplication and division facts. In the early years, I cover the following basic concepts: recognizing and naming numbers; writing numbers; counting to 100; addition and subtraction facts, 1-10; counting by 10's; counting by 5's; counting by 2's; counting dimes, nickels, and pennies; doing simple story problems; measuring in inches, feet, and yards; telling time to the hour and half hour; recognizing and drawing basic geometric shapes; measuring liquid and dry weights; finding the missing number in a simple equation; finding the missing number in a sequence; and, greater than and less than. All of these elementary skills and concepts must be mastered early on, in order for a child to enjoy math and be successful throughout his/her school years.
English is a language, and like all languages, it consists of proper grammar, parts of speech, word order, spelling, punctuation, dialects, slang, vocabulary, word origins, and various other types of language structure which we use to communicate. English is best learned by living with others who speak English well, as we are great imitators of the language we hear. English can be taught through simple conversation, but for the development of proper English in speaking and in writing, it is important to receive instruction in English. I use grade-level textbooks to aid in my instruction and to help a child learn all aspects of the English language. In the elementary grades, this includes teaching basic sentence structure; parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives; proper punctuation; verb tenses; simple sentence diagramming; proper grammar; writing short essays and stories; and studying vocabulary, spelling, and poetry.
Proper grammar is best taught by speaking correctly and by making sure a child is reading as much as possible. Once a child is reading well, he can also learn proper grammar by writing short stories and essays and having a teacher correct his grammar. With today's technology, it is nice to have a computer to help us, too, with grammar suggestions and corrections. With elementary children, I would also gently correct a child when they use words improperly, whether in speech or in writing, and I would encourage them read as much as possible.
My teaching methods (backed by 24 years of experience teaching grades K through 4) reflect my firm belief that phonics is the necessary foundation for learning to read -- learning the sounds of letters and putting their sounds together to form new words. I first teach the names of the capital letters, then small letters, followed by the sounds of each letter. When this skill is mastered, I begin to put letters together to form blends (consonant with a vowel). When the child is able to blend letter sounds, I introduce 3-letter words (consonant, vowel, consonant), helping the child sound out the words. When the child is able to do this on his own, I then add other blends, digraphs, long vowel sounds, grammar rules, etc., to help the child apply the rules of phonics and grammar to new words, and thus be able to read any new material on his own because of the strong foundation in phonics. Good, independent, fluent reading is built upon a very strong phonics base. Any other foundation does not give the child the tools that are necessary to be able to read new words on his own. These phonics skills can be learned at a very young age -- beginning to learn letter sounds at 15 months is a very reasonable age -- if a child at that age can learn that a cow says "moo", he can also easily learn that a "B" says "buh"!
Pre-algebra can be taught as young as second grade... n+5=7 ... and children can get excited about math and doing equations and knowing that they are doing algebra! I love seeing a child excited about math -- and showing them the simple things in life that we do that involve math, often without our realizing it. It is fun to teach a child that algebra is all about solving problems and having organized ways to figure out problems. However, being an elementary teacher, I know that having a very strong foundation in math facts is of utmost importance. Drilling addition and subtraction facts early on is necessary for a child to find success in pre-algebra or any other type of math. Drills can be fun and flashcards can be fun, too!! A child also needs to have good understanding of basic math concepts, too, in order to understand the workings of algebra. I am a teacher of early mathematics, and I enjoy the simplicity of teaching and developing the strong foundation in concepts and facts that are needed for pre-algebra in the later years.
Reading is the number one fundamental skill necessary for a child to succeed in school, in career, and in life. It is the basis of all other subjects, and acquiring mastery of reading allows the child to become an independent learner, able to read and learn anything all on his own. Thus, reading skills should be taught first and should be taught as early as possible -- starting with phonics, the foundation of reading, which gives the child the tools needed to decode any new word a child encounters. In teaching reading, I follow a simple 10-step progression which includes teaching letter names, letter sounds, blending sounds to form words, combining words to form sentences, and introducing new sounds and blends as well as grammar and punctuation rules. Increased vocabulary and comprehension come naturally with the development of independent silent reading. I aim for fluent reading and comprehension of new material before the child reaches school age. I have found that this is easily attainable for any child with average abilities if the child is taught from an early age. I also believe that it is never too late to learn to read, and that all children can learn to read fluently at any age if given proper instruction and encouragement.
Spelling is a subject that does not necessarily need to be taught. If a child has a strong foundation in phonics and is doing a lot of reading, spelling will come naturally because of his knowledge of basic phonics rules and his exposure to written words. To teach spelling, I teach phonics, so that the child will know what letters and combination of letters make certain sounds, and so that the child will be able to apply what he knows to new words. I do believe that it is essential to give spelling tests in the early grades, and I believe that it is important to help a child make spelling corrections. A weekly test over a given list of words is helpful, and I typically do this in order to assess the capabilities of my students and to find out what areas of phonics I may need to reteach. I also stress the importance of reading - not just for reading sake alone, but also for the development of good spelling and vocabulary.
I received my Water Safety Instructor certification in 1975. I taught Red Cross swimming lessons, group and private lessons, for 7 summers, 1975-1981. I have continued to teach private lessons, for beginners only, from 1981 to the present. I have taught several young children recently and have current references. My expertise is teaching the very beginner -- from being afraid to go under water to being completely comfortable in deep water, able to swim and safely manage oneself in and around water of any depth. I continue to teach the Red Cross skills for the beginner swimmer. My real joy and expertise is teaching the beginner swimmer, so I would suggest another instructor if you need lessons for a more advanced swimmer.
Vocabulary is best taught by reading, reading, and reading some more! Whether you are reading to the child or the child is reading on his own, his vocabulary will increase as he continues to read books that steadily progress into higher levels of subject matter and vocabulary. A child can also learn the definition of new words by studying a list of words and their meanings, but it will never have the effect that reading will have in the development of their vocabulary. Picture books will also help with vocabulary, as the child reads a word in context and has the picture to help define what he is reading. Also, when reading to a child, I will often stop my reading to ask the child what a particular word means to help them understand the new word and the meaning of it in context. In daily conversation, vocabulary is also increased by hearing the repetition of words -- giving the child opportunity to hear the word used over and over again, so he can understand its meaning.
Manuscript writing can be taught as early as age 3. I start by helping the child learn how to hold a pencil correctly, and I use lined paper from the beginning to help the child learn control. I like to teach the basic "ball and stick" letters, starting with the stick letters, which are the easiest - l, i, t, v, w, y, z, k, x. Then I teach the circle letters - those letters that start with a counter-clockwise circle - a, c, d, g, o, q. Then I teach what I call the "down-up" letters - b, h, m, n, p, r. I finish with the rest of the letters - e, f, j, s, u. After mastery of the small letters, I teach the capital letters, usually starting with "A" and continuing on through the alphabet. As the child learns to read, I also teach them to write short three-letter words, and I add longer words as the child learns to read more. As the child progresses, I teach sentence formation, and then on to short story composition. Once manuscript handwriting is mastered, I will teach cursive writing, usually around age 5. If a child is older, I follow these same steps, as age does not matter -- they can learn to write in the same progression that a younger child learns. Once a child is able to write short stories, I work more on grammar, spelling, paragraph structure, topic sentences, summaries, supporting sentences, etc., adding more skills as the child becomes more proficient. I instill in them a love for writing by allowing them to write about topics that interest them, and by giving necessary help on words that they do no know how to spell.