My Masters in Elementary Education prepared me to guide children to learning the curriculum required for every child to be proficient in reading, writing, comprehension and math. I am a former classroom educator and mother of two elementary aged school children. I have experience with teaching both print and cursive handwriting. I like to help children that have handwriting difficulties with a variety of hand strengthening and hand-eye coordination exercises. I know that sometimes child... [more]
I have a Masters in Elementary Education and experience working with children of varying levels in the public school system. I have experience with the effective Wilson Reading System and have developed games and other playful approaches to teaching reading to make it more accessible to children.
My Masters in Elementary Education prepared me to guide children to learning the curriculum required for every child to be proficient in reading, writing, comprehension and math. During my masters education and teaching career, I worked with grades 1st - 4th grade. I led group reading lessons, work with ESL students one on one, created worksheets and curricula that met the needs of every student in the classroom, led a qualitative research project on using the senses to inspire creative writing in a 2nd grade classroom and worked with individual students that were struggling. My experience at meeting the needs of each child was my forte as an educator and will continue to be so as a tutor.
Teaching reading was a passion of mine I developed during my masters program. I was drawn to creating phonics based games that I used in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms in addition to teaching my own children how to read at home. Phonics is ideally taught through repetitious games. For example, creating baskets with have certain sounds attached to them and letting the children toss items into the baskets that match the beginning sound. This could transfer into reading words and sorting them into separate pockets on a board. Phonics is a great puzzle piece of children learning how to read independently.
I have played piano since the age of 4, beginning with the ear based training of Suzuki. I continued my training through college and studied piano pedagogy. I spent 6 years of college and post graduate teaching private piano lessons to children from ages 4-17. I enjoy creating a great relationship with children and basing my instruction off their strengths.
I have experience with teaching both print and cursive handwriting. Here is the process of how I help children with handwriting. This was used during my masters education internships and teaching career. 1. Solidify hand eye coordination through a series of exercises that are age dependent. For example, a small child could practice using salad tongs to pick up a ping pong ball from one container and transfer it to another container. If the child is more skilled, the exercise could change. 2. Familiarize children with the letter shape through exercises involving pipe cleaner letter building, sand paper letters and other kinetic learning opportunities. 3. Pen and paper usage should be loose at first. Not demanding that a child write on a line but have a free space to fill with their best attempts at letters. This can be improved and made more specific over time. 4. All of these exercises lead to the child eventually improving handwriting.