We can do an informal assessment of reading, writing, and math skills and/or review work samples and report cards in order to identify areas of need. Then we could work on things like decoding words (teacher talk for the actual reading), reading comprehension, improving the quality of written work and developing number sense in math.
Many times we find that students have some important skills missing that are preventing them from reaching their potential. For instance, if a child doesn’t understand place value it will make things like learning to add and subtract more difficult. If there isn’t a basic understanding of number sense it will make applying that knowledge in mathematics during problem solving seem daunting. It is much like giving a child a book that is too hard and expecting them to read it.
In order to feel successful as a reader, children need to be strategic and be able to use a variety of decoding strategies when they encounter an unknown word. It is wonderful to see a student start to feel like a reader when they have the strategies they need to be successful. This could include sight word work, word study, training in the use and application of reading strategies.
You may find that a child can read aloud beautifully but then struggles to comprehend what they have read. Reading isn’t just about calling out words it is about processing information and discussing it. Reading comprehension can be impacted by many things but there are strategies that can be taught to overcome obstacles to reading comprehension. Literature responses are commonly assigned in school so this is an area where many children could use additional support.
Reluctant writers can be helped in many ways. Sometimes they need word work and fine motor work in handwriting. Other times the issue is one of organization and they may need some training on how to structure their writing. The process of writing can be laborious because it ties everything together. It requires them to hold an idea in their mind long enough to get it on paper. Many children also need additional help with how to edit and revise their work to be sure they are showing their true potential.
I have years of experience with helping students improve their skills and close academic gaps. The number of sessions will depend on the academic need and whether you want to dedicate some of your family time to learning time. Each child is different but we can work together to find out what is best for your child and your family.
What do I need to get started?
All you need is a device with a webcam and an internet connection. I have a zoom account so I can provide login information once we have a session scheduled. Due to the current situation, all sessions will be taking place online until further notice.
$50 per one hour session. If an hour is too long for your child we can look at scheduling two 30 minute sessions per week.