I have a degree in education, and was certified in the state of New York. I have since been teaching my four children at home and all are successful students. I am a proctor for the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and my children have been tested regularly to assess their progress. My oldest is a senior and is a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist (awaiting the next stage of elimination.) With the exception of some of the higher level sciences, I have taught them all academic subjects, plus g... [more]
I have lived in Costa Rica, where we attended language school. I have taught all of my children Spanish, and my oldest tested out of four semesters of college Spanish. I teach by a combination of methods.
I have taught my own four children at home, and use a variety of materials. I strive to teach for mastery, believing it is important to learn a skill well before teaching the next, as each skill in math build on the previous ones. With the younger kids, I try to make learning fun, using games when possible.
I have a degree in education, and have taught my own four children at home. I have covered every subject from preschool age through the better part of high school. My oldest is a senior this year, and in line for National Merit Scholar. My youngest is in third grade. So I have successfully led three children through elementary school and am working on the fourth. I can cover all the basic elementary subjects, as shown from my certifying tests here. And I have both boys and girls, so I can relate to either.
I have a basic understanding of music. I homeschool my four children and we sing, play a variety of instruments and cover basic music theory and music history. I taught each of my children to play the recorder when they were young, which helped them move on to other instruments when they were ready to choose. I also expose them to a variety of music genres to increase their appreciation of music.
As a homeschool mom, I have taught my four children to read, and found it one of the most exciting parts of teaching them. With each child, I found I had to adapt the method to their different styles and temperaments, but I always used the classic phonics rules. I also like to teach with games whenever possible. All four of my children are excellent readers, my oldest receiving a perfect 800 on the reading portion of the SAT, and my youngest, at age eight, reading significantly above grade level.
I have studied ballet as well as tap and Israeli folk dance for years, and have had several opportunities to teach in various settings. I have given ballet lessons through community and homeschool organizations, have taught Israeli dance to church groups, and dance with my own girls at home. I love dance and keep in shape so that I will be able to demonstrate correct technique.