Phonics helps my students learn the relationships between the letters of written language and the sounds of spoken language and then how to use these relationships to read and write words. Interactive Letter & Phonogram sounds Apps Also see free downloads for Phonogram flash cards further down on our website.
Purposeful practice in fluency building helps my students to read accurately, effortlessly and with expression. Reading needs to sound natural, as if speaking. Learning to group words quickly means my students will gain meaning and learn from what they read faster. Research link: The Role of Reading Fluency in Children’s Text Comprehension
Comprehension is the reason for reading. If readers can read the words, but do not understand what they are reading, they are not really reading. Helping my students become active readers; to read purposely and learn at the same time is the goal. Research links: ClassroomQuestioning.pdf
I truly believe vocabulary is the KEY to reading successfully and learning!! Vocabulary are the words we must know in order to communicate and read effectively. Therefore, vocabulary development is always a major focus in each of my student's lesson plans. Research link: Review of Research on Vocabulary Instruction
Students learn how to take effective notes for improved study time and remembering information for test taking purposes and for life long learning.
If you are new to the english language, and want to improve your communication skills and vocabulary, I have several ESL lessons that can help you do just that. Through the use of pictures and prompts, and a lot of FaceTime dialogue, not only will your english speaking and reading improve, but your confidence, as well.
The first meeting with a student and their family takes place in-person, at a decided location. The purpose is to administer an initial reading assessment with the student, give results, and to devise a learning plan, with measurable goals, to fit the needs of the student. Also, a formal written report regarding any assessment result, with data included, can be made available to you when requested.
After the initial in-person meeting, lessons are then carried out face to face. That is, face to face via computer, for approximately one month. An adult can log their child on and also monitor any ongoing lesson this way, too. The benefit of the faceTime lessons is that they can be carried out from home or most any other location.
After one month of online or FaceTime lessons, a follow up assessment is administered to measure student progress. This usually takes place in-person like the first assessment. At this time we also reevaluate the current lesson plan to see if any changes will need to be made for future lessons.
Ages 7 - Adult
The FaceTime reading tutoring program requires students to be at least 7 and no lower than the second grade to participate in the program. This is because a student must be old enough to be able to work at a computer independently during his/her FaceTime lessons.
Lessons can be set up to meet anywhere from 2 days a week to up to 5 days a week, depending on a student's needs and age.
Do to the fact that most lessons are completed via computer FaceTime, lessons can be set up in the following increments. However, age and the learning needs of a student must be considered when setting these up. 20 min. 30 min. 45 min. 60 min.
For the 20 minute sessions click here on the 20 minute Solution Tutoring website to set those up.
There is NO registration cost. Payment is as follows, and is due before each lesson begins. However, the initial assessment session and other assessment sessions will run at least 60 minutes and cost $25.00.
Most regular online sessions are:
30 min. = $10.00
45 min. = $15.00
60 min. = $20.00
Most supplies a student may need for FaceTime tutoring will be provided FREE after the initial in-person meeting, the administration of the reading assessment completed, and a lesson plan developed for the student.
Students record each time they read in the numbered boxes. Prizes (optional)
Contains 3 different charts to help you keep track of your reading fluency increases.
Print these out on card stock (front/back side) and you will have a great set for practice.
Ask higher level questions that elicit higher level thinking skills while you read and study.
"Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching children to Read" - Developed by the Center for the Improvement of Early reading Achievement (CIERA) and funded by the National Institure for Literacy (NIFL) 2003
The ebook downloads are divided into 4 separate sections for both easier reading and depending on your focus area.
They are: Phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension
Although the tutoring service is called "FaceTime" and usually associated with a mac... No problem!! We use an app that's just as convenient for your online 'FaceTime' tutoring sessions.
Sometimes a quick review or practice of a particular concept or skill being learned, for only 20 minutes a day, is the most time & cost effective for a student. For on a consistent basis, 4 times a week, only costs $32 total. Some good examples of a quality 20 min. FaceTime session might be a phonics review, a fluency building reading, or an ESL dialoguing practice session. Go to website 20 Minute Solution Tutoring for more details on this special on demand program.
Yes, and no. Students will need to be able to progress through lessons on their own while the tutor instructs and guides them during their FaceTime sessions. Although, an adult has to be present to both log their child on and to monitor sessions when necessary or at will. In addition, if a student is a minor, an adult has to be present in the home or whatever location tutoring sessions are taking place.
Student progress is measured using several data collecting tools and resources. Some of these include informal reading assessments (IRIs), data charts and audio taping. These progress reports are regularly shared with both the student and their parents.
Payments for tutoring sessions may be paid online using Paypal or given directly to the tutor (cash or check) at the time of an in-person session. Also, you may pay for one session at a time or pay ahead of time for up to an entire month or more in advance.
Let me tell you a little about myself. For my students, I go by Ms. Brown, and in the following bio I will tell you about my career as a Reading Specialist and about my family.
For the past 15 years I have coordinated and taught reading intervention classes to at risk students, grades K-8, here in the Phoenix valley. I design my reading programs and lessons so that they include both Spaulding based phonics instruction as well as other research-based strategies and resources. I also differentiate my instruction to meet the needs of each individual student, and the content of each lesson I teach aligns with the AZ state standards.
It gives me great pleasure to help students reach their full potential and become better readers and learners. Tutoring one on one is especially rewarding for me. This is because my focus is only on one student's needs at a time, and I can therefore help them attain their learning goals quicker and more effectively.
I have lived in the phoenix area for over 30 years and I have two grown daughters. One is married and lives here in Phoenix. My other daughter is engaged to be married and lives in New York City. When I am not teaching, I enjoy dancing, sewing and reading mystery books.
My teaching credentials and certification are current and up to date and recommendation letters and references can be made available to you.
Sometimes a quick review or practice of a particular concept or skill being learned, for only 20 minutes a day, is the most time & cost effective for a student. For example, a lesson 4 times a week would only cost $32. Some good examples of a quality 20 min. FaceTime session might be a phonics review, a fluency building reading, or an ESL dialoguing practice session. Go to website 20 Minute Solution Tutoring for more details on this special on demand program.