Does your child struggle with reading? In school, kindergarten-3rd grade is the time that children learn how to read. The building blocks of reading are phoneme awareness (the distinct units of sound that distinguish one word from another), phonics (correlating sounds with letters or groups of letters) and rhyme (corresponding sounds in words or at the ends of words). Once these skills are mastered, reading fluency and comprehension can begin to flourish. For some children, the lack of mastery can lead to struggling with reading and retaining information. This not only affects reading class but the whole curriculum. Reading Rockets is an excellent resource for articles about reading. It gives you a deeper understanding of the parts of reading and how you can help your child.
My goal for tutoring is to help my students to progress in their education. The best feeling in the world is when the light bulb goes on, and they get a concept. In June, I started working with a 4-year-old who hadn't made any progress in writing after a year in preschool. I started by having him trace his name, guiding his hand. Over the summer, he began to write the letters in his name with only occasional assistance. Next, I had him write his name on the papers we were working on without guide letters. Today, he bounded into my house and declared, "I can write my name!" I took out a paper, and he wrote his name correctly without any assistance. I was so proud of him! What's more important, he was proud of himself!