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Kenya R.

Mount Pleasant, SC

$40/hour

Preschool and early elementary tutor

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$40/Hour


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Fort Hays State University
Early Childhood Educ

Education

Fort Hays State University (Early Childhood Educ)

About Kenya

I am dedicated to providing outstanding in-home preschool education as well as tutoring for students in kindergarten through third grade.

As a parent of four and a teacher of hundreds, I've experienced and observed the battle it can be as we attempt to teach our own children. Many of us are caught between the desire to educate our little ones in a home setting or escape the power struggle by packing them off to be taught by someone else. In-home tutoring offers the perfect compromise.

Through engaging, developmentally appropriate activities, your child will gain strong foundation that will lead to many future positive academic experiences. Personalized, one-on-one sessions will help your child master math, reading, writing, fine motor skills and more. Every child is unique, and whether your child needs reinforcement, that extra push for entrance and placement testing, or just a confidence that will carry into the classroom in the future, I will use a fun, individualized approach to designing lessons that will achieve the desired goals.

One-on-one tutoring allows your child to be the center of every class. This can be a viable solution for children that are ahead of their peers and run the risk of not learning at a rate indicative of their full potential.

The development of the child is dependent on the environment he is in. A child's safest, warmest, most familiar place to flourish is at home. By allowing a child to learn in an environment where comfort has already been established, the trust bond between the tutor and child grows more freely, which is a wonderful benefit for those little ones who may be more introverted or shy.

Homeschooling my own children and shuttling them to their various sports practices kept me from teaching in the classroom full time so being a nanny and a tutor is the perfect compromise. I was both an assistant and lead teacher at Sunrise Children's School on Sullivan's Island in the 2-year-old classroom for two years. I also did a short stint at The Sunshine House in Summerville while working on my ECE degree. I completed my student teaching in Charleston at Addlestone Hebrew School in both the 4-year-old classroom and kindergarten. I am committed to providing punctual, reliable, and confidential services for the families I work with. Teaching and nurturing your children through exciting, engaging activities is my goal.

Teaching reading is not a linear process. Children develop literacy by being continually exposed to oral and written language, and by building on prior knowledge and language experiences. As your child's reading coach, I'll use pictures, play, and the printed word combined with oral language to help your child understand the symbolic representation that underlies reading and writing. There are a variety of different programs and curriculums that layer different approaches to facilitate reading. I'll assess your child and use a strategy that fits your child individually.


Early writing is one of the best predictors of children's later reading success. Early writing is part of a set of important foundational literacy skills that serve as necessary precursors to conventional reading. While many public schools no longer teach penmanship and handwriting, as with all emerging skills, what is learned right from the start will shape lifelong habits and abilities. I teach both the Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian method of handwriting. If you desire your child to be prepped for a certain school, I will teach the method used by that particular school, otherwise, we can decide based on your child's writing style.


Phonics involves the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The goal of phonics instruction is to teach students the most common sound-spelling relationships so that they can decode, or sound out, words. This decoding ability is a crucial element in reading success. I use explicit instruction, the most effective type of phonics instruction, especially for children with reading difficulties. A good phonics lesson begins with an explicit explanation of the sound-spelling being taught along with guided opportunities for students to blend, or sound out, words using the new sound-spelling. These exercises will be followed by guided or independent reading practice.

Explore the benefits of in-home tutoring. I am committed to providing punctual, reliable, and confidential services for the families I work with. Sessions can be tailored to meet your goals and expectations. I look forward to teaching and nurturing your child through exciting, engaging activities.
I am dedicated to providing outstanding in-home preschool education as well as tutoring for students in kindergarten through third grade.

As a parent of four and a teacher of hundreds, I've experienced and observed the battle it can be as we attempt to teach our own children. Many of us are caught between the desire to educate our
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Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
In-person lessons
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Language:
Reading
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

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.

Handwriting

I have my bachelor's degree in early childhood education and I'm studying for teacher certification for kindergarten through third grade. My classwork included instruction on teaching handwriting. I also gained experience teaching handwriting during my student teaching.

Phonics

I have my bachelor's degree in early childhood education and I'm studying for teacher certification for kindergarten through third grade. My classwork included instruction on teaching phonics as part of many reading instruction classes. I also gained experience teaching phonics when I homeschooled all four of my own children, teaching in the classroom at the schools I've been at, and with children that I nanny.

Fort Hays State University
Early Childhood Educ

Education

Fort Hays State University (Early Childhood Educ)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kenya will travel within 20 miles of Mount Pleasant, SC 29466.