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After tutoring for so long, it often gets tough to think up new ideas to keep young students interested. To get small children interested in learning, the best technique is to think like they do! And as any parent or grandparent knows, this means lots of hands on activities and being creative. In my specialty of beginning reading/phonics, here are some fun ways to get the little ones charged up: 1... read more

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For most fluent readers, it can be hard to imagine how the sight word "have" can be tricky for emerging readers. Yet many parents drilling the Dolch sight words find "have" is misread over and over again, made to rhyme with "gave" and "behave". The child is likely making this mistake because he or she is diligently applying the guidance that a silent... read more

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Have you ever wondered what spelling bee champs know about spelling? I have, and my research led me straight to the 31 spelling rules as taught in the Logic of English method. These simple yet powerful rules explain 98% of English words when coupled with 74 phonograms. While that may not be enough to win an elite spelling bee, its a huge step forward for everyday literacy. The 31... read more

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English is widely regarded as being full of exceptions, and often logical/literal learners struggle with the ways in which it is commonly taught. Fortunately, though, there is logic to our language, and methods have been developed that carefully distill it into a limited number of spelling rules and phonograms. These concepts are quite simple to learn but very powerful in application, transforming... read more

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Hi everyone!     I am Ms. Joyce.  It is the end of the year again. Finals and year end tests are coming. Before summer, kids sometimes need those important skills like phonics and writing to keep them on track. It is always a good idea to keep those skills up with a tutor before the progress reports and report cards start coming in next year, showing that they could have... read more

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"Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds in spoken words." In order for a student to be able to read words off the page they must understand how words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes. Phonemic awareness is not something that comes easy for all children but if a student has a strong foundation in their phonemic awareness... read more

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The answer: Let them read what they like. Most kids have a preference. For instance, some children will not read chapter books, but they love non- fiction text with pictures and captions, great vocabulary, and scientific or historic content. Standards actually encourage this type of reading.  Some kid's love reading dictionaries, encyclopedias, magazines, and even religious stories. Video... read more

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I am very excited about the opportunity to work with your child or children. I love to take students from where they are and bring them up from there!  I have over 10 years elementary teaching experience from prekindergarten to fifth grade!  I love working with math and reading with students. I love watching a child's eyes light up when they learn something new! ... read more

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The first things one should check in the assessing of phonemic awareness issues is the ability to hear the various sounds.  More and more children are have trouble hearing like and different sounds because their eustachian tubes are flatter than normal.  The tubes flatten for a variety of reasons, but one is obesity. Whether I am teaching an adult or a preschool student, if they can... read more

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Sometimes the problem may be that the child has difficulty discriminating between sounds and that difficulty needs to be addressed first. Some children cannot perceive if two sounds are the same or different and need a lot of guided practice to learn to do this. Here are a couple of suggestions. Go to the website: http://www2.cambridge.org/interchangearcade/sortbytype.do?level=0&type=Cup_word_up... read more

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