Oklahoma Christian College (B.S. Journalism)
I currently enjoy bringing the love of reading to my kindergarten students, and have taught this age to read for 14 years using many strategies including the highly motivating Structured Language Basics program. I have experience with ESL students, and helping my own daughter who has struggled with dyslexia throughout her elementary years.
I am also certified as a Language Arts/Reading teacher and taught 10 years in Norman and Dallas Middle Schools.
-I have completed three summer trainings in the OKC Payne Center's Structured Language Basics Program.
-I have taught children to read in kindergarten for 14 years, which involves lots of individual tutoring to make sure I help each child with their own individual struggles.
-I have worked with children with many learning disabilities and have helped each one find their own way through to be on their road to lifelong readers.
-I have taught ESL students.
-I have worked with my own daughter who has struggled with dyslexia since kindergarten and was awarded the Outstanding Reader Award in 6th grade last year.
Let's have fun while learning to read! Give me a call and we can meet at the library or in my classroom located on SW 89th Street. I currently enjoy bringing the love of reading to my kindergarten students, and have taught this age to read for 14 years using many strategies including the highly motivating Structured Language Basics program. I have experience with ESL students, and helping my own daughter who has struggled with dyslexia throughout her elementary years.
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I am qualified to Homeschool children because that is essentially what I have been doing for the past 14 years. I am the Director/Teacher of Oakcrest Christian Kindergarten, a private school my friend and I started and have successfully run from our church in south Oklahoma City. The State Department of Education considers what we do "Homeschooling in a Group Situation". Therefore, even though we have anywhere from 10 to 18 children in our classrooms, we work with them on very individualized learning plans--just as we would if we were homeschooling them. Each child comes into my classroom at their own level of knowledge and cognitive ability to learn. That's where we start. That's where we measure our progress from throughout the year.
During my 14 years teaching kindergarten, my basic curriculum has come from the well-respected A Beka Books. They have decades of research into the cognitive science of teaching phonics. My children start with identifying letters and their sounds, with heavy emphasis on the short vowel sounds. Then we blend our consonants with each vowel sound. Next, we add an ending consonant sound to blend CVC words together and we are reading! At this point, my children start reading real books on their own in my class and they practice these at home with family. This continues throughout the year with my goal being to create lifelong readers! Along the way, we are learning Sight Words, our mixed up words that don't follow the "sound-out" rules, so we have to learn them "by sight". As we master our reading of short vowels, we learn the important rules of recognizing long vowels so that we can add CVVC and CVCV words to our vocabulary. We are also learning digraphs, diphthongs, and many more difficult consonant blend words so that we can add to our ever increasing word bank. All of this is done through lots of visuals and games and especially music so children can retain as much knowledge as possible to be able to apply it to the next step in the reading process. Our phonics basics continues with the importance of fluency and reading comprehension, and then into writing our own thoughts into words now that we can sound out and spell.
I have 14 years teaching private kindergarten.