Barbara T.

Front Royal, VA


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Never hear a child say "I can't read".

Welcome parents and your children to the wonderful world of phonics and reading! Bet you didn't know how easy it could be to read.

When I was 14 years old I taught vacation bible school to young children such as you. Several years later I taught kindergarten students and then branched out for over 7 years to teach students with learning disabilities. Some of those students went on to become readers themselves but first they needed to learn letter names and their sounds and put those letters together to make words. They even drew pictures of words to remind them of the words they didn't remember. We called them logographs. Ever see sighs that say STOP or DON'T WALK? Those signs are like logographs.

I have raised six children, have 14 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild! After 40 years of teaching and tutoring children from preschool to high school I have a good grip on education especially for those struggling readers. Patience is a necessity when working with children who have specific learning disabilities. They need to know one cares about them and is willing to help them learn. Praise for their efforts will benefit and encourage any reluctant reader to continue to improve their skills at any age, not only young children but also adults as well.

I find great joy in witnessing the expressions on children's faces when they have achieved the goals they have set for themselves as well as the goals I have made for them. All children can learn to read to their potential, they only need someone to show them the way.

My husband and I have a learning camp where we have tutored children for over 12 years and we still do it. I had the same children for several years and each one of them was impressed with themselves because they learned phonics and reading from me. They learned how much enjoyment they received from reading books just for fun. Remember you can do it!
Never hear a child say "I can't read".

Welcome parents and your children to the wonderful world of phonics and reading! Bet you didn't know how easy it could be to read.

When I was 14 years old I taught vacation bible school to young children such as you. Several years later I taught kindergarten students and then
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Travels within 7 miles of Front Royal, VA 22630
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Elementary (K-6th),

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ADD/ADHD is a disorder where the person has difficulty concentrating on a task. Sometimes they move around, make noise and generally disrupt others around them. Other times they may sit very quietly and appear to be focusing on the task at hand, however their minds are on something else.

I have been tutoring for over 40 years and from my experience I know tutoring a child with this disorder requires constant motivation to stay on task. Sometimes I allow the child to be the "teacher" or move about the room in order to stay focused. I work on memory techniques and reward good efforts. I tutor the children in my home in a relaxed atmosphere.

My husband and I have a learning camp at out home on the Shenandoah River. We tutor home schooled children as well as children in the public schools. It is my opinion that learning should be a fun. The children are allowed "free time" between lessons. They can fish, shoot basket balls, go for walks or do something they might enjoy. If there are no diet restrictions, the children are allowed to have a snack.

I believe a child with ADD can benefit from this environment and have fun doing it.

This condition is sometimes caused by diet or a lack of certin vitiams. Medicine helps to keep the person focused.

In some cases holding a small ball in the non-dominate hand helps with consentration as well as keeping both feet on the floor to encourage "grounding". A room with too much stimulus is distracting to the student who has difficulty concentrating. Keeping lighting, or music at low levels is also helpful.

Patience is a must when working with this population since it requires keeping the student on task. Sometimes allowing the student to walk around the room to calm himself down is beneficial.


Dyslexia can be considered the "trash can" of all learning difficulties, however it is in fact a specific learning difficulty. It is most noticeable in reading and is generally considered to indicate that a person reads or writes words, letters or numbers backwards.

There are a few eye exercises I have used where I have the child follow a ball while it is rolled across the floor. He has to hold his head still and follow the ball using only his eyes. Sometimes I have the child cover one eye to read and then cover the other eye. If the reading speed is greater for one eye over the other it could indicate a tracking difficulty.

I ask the child questions about lighting, or how the words appear on the page. I have used color overlays on a page to help with the glare. If the problem is lighting the problem could be caused by scoptic sensitivity syndrome (SSS) where poor or too bright a light causes the student to move around in order to focus on the page. SSS requires specialized testing and is generally not associated with poor eyesight.

I work with the child to find techniques that work for him to help with his reading difficulties, and penmanship. With constant encouragement the child can be proud of his achievements.

Elementary (K-6th)

Kindergarten is an important time for a child to get started in school. Some children are eager to learn while others may be reluctant to try. If a child has trouble reading he will try to memorize as many words as possible until he can no longer do it. By that time his reading skills are too far behind.

I have tutored kindergarten for over 40 years. If a child has trouble reading I start over with basic phonics to determine where some of the problems orginate. In addition to phonics, I encourage creative writing and spelling to help build a vocabulary to increase their language abilities. With my help they use a dictionary to look up words and keep a notebook of words they have mispelled.

My husband and I have tutored children from kindergarten to high school. I work on reading and comprehension, writing, penmanship and other studies. We offer fun ways of learning and give them free time to take a break. They can fish, shoot basketballs, take walks, sew, cook or most any other fun things they might enjoy.

The success rate of learning in a relaxed environment is good for the students. They are allowed to make reading or spelling mistakes without peer pressure and learn from their mistakes.


The United States has many immigrant people from all nations. They should be greeted with respect and taught the English language. With the help of an interpreter, I taught English to adults using the Laubach approach to English. I use visual and sometimes sign language to help with learning. I am most interested in teaching the young children English emphasizing the proper sounds and where these sounds originate in the mouth and on the tongue. It is important to learn the proper way before they develop habits that may interfere with learning.


I have been teaching or tutoring children in phonics for over 40 years in both private and public schools. As a tutor of phonics, I understand the importance of proper pronunciation of letters and their sounds.

I use many methods for teaching letters and vowels. For example, I use the alphabet for sign language to emphasize the difference between the sounds of the vowels e and i since they have similar sounds. My experience indicates the importance of where in the throat all sounds originate.

I use sign language because it is beneficial for children just learning phonics. It encompasses the use of not only the sound of a letter or word, but also offers a visual of them as well.

I look forward to helping your child having fun learning to read and spell.

Phonics is the use of a sound/symbol in teaching a child to read. They need to understand that letters don't "say" anything. They are pictures that indicate a letter and that letter has a name and a special sound. When they put the letter sounds together it will make a word.

It is important to teach the sounds in a clear voice and emphasize where in the mouth the sounds originate. When teaching a letter sound it should be taught with only that one sound. Do not add an uh at the end of the letter sound. The letter M is mmmmmm not muh.

The letter R is often sounded as er when it is being taught. This mistake can cause students of early creative writing to spell words leaving out the important er ending (bakR not baker).

Children spell the way they talk. Words should be pronounced with their proper beginning and ending sounds in order to teach good reading and spelling.


Over the past 40 years of tutoring and teaching children to read, I have watched the struggling readers try to memorize as many words as possible until they can no longer do it.

In addition to various reading programs, I emphasize the importance of phonics, syllables, nonsense words and other ways of remembering words they have trouble with.

I have also offered them success with reading by allowing them to read books that are a grade or two below their actual grade level. By doing that, the child has a chance to read without having to stop to "sound out" words and is able to read the story smoothly. If they encounter a word they are unfamiliar, with I stop and help them find the definition in a dictionary. When they finish reading a paragraph we discuss the subject to see if they understand what they have just read.

Patience is a must when working with children who have trouble reading. It is necessary to be sure there is no physical reason for their problems and then work from there. Constant praise is a wonderful way to successful reading for a child with reading difficulties.

Special Needs

I have tutored or taught special needs students for over 40 years. It is important to follow the IEP programs set up by the students teacher in order for the student to be able to achieve his potential. As a tutor, I look for the best way I can find to understand how the student learns. Some students are visual learners, some learn best auditorially some learn by hands on experience as well as other ways. I also listen to the child speak to see if there may be an expressive or receptive language delay and if so, I will work with him to improve his language skills.

My husband and I have a learning camp on the Shenandoah river where many of the students have excelled in their studies by being involved in the extra activities so necessary for learning. Teaching is not just learning from books, it involves physical activities as well.

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Barbara will travel within 7 miles of Front Royal, VA 22630.