What Methods Do I Use to Teach Reading?

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My program is a comprehensive system of reading instruction targeted for readers of any age, and is especially effective when used as a remediation tool with one student at a time.

The program is Individualized, Systematic, Coherent, Diversified, and Interesting

  • · Individualized

A quick and easily administered reading test pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of each student.

Instruction begins at the appropriate level and targets the specific skills not yet mastered.

Instructional materials are selected and customized to suit any age, interest, and learning style.

  • · Systematic

Each lesson builds upon and reinforces previous learning.

  • · Coherent

Reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension lessons interconnect and support each other.

  • · Diversified

Some learners require a great deal of repetition before they can master a particular skill.

I provide an array of materials designed to reinforce instruction in a variety of formats.

  • · Interesting

Original worksheets, drill work, games, puzzles, and creative stories.

My materials have been kid-tested for three decades.

Children really enjoy my original stories, because they are unique, entertaining, and quite surprising; unlike the “fat cat sat in a hat" material that bores so many kids to tears.

Best of all, my children can and do read them!

No student is ever given a more advanced story, unless and until the material that precedes it has been mastered.

As we all know whenever we learn something new, "Nothing succeeds like success!"

The One-to-One Program will differ and complement, but never conflict with school programs.

All US schools must follow state mandates for the teaching of reading and writing.

However, each school district is free to choose their preferred method for achieving that end.

At their core, all elementary reading programs emphasize either one of two basic approaches in the early stages of reading instruction:

    • Phonics-based
    • Whole Language

Whole language advocates believe that all children will learn to read naturally, just as they learn to talk and walk; that simply immersing children in good books is all that is necessary to produce fluent and capable readers. It is considered a “top down” approach

Does it work?  Yes, with most, but not all children. Students who thrive in a whole language environment are global learners, meaning they learn best through hands-on learning and interaction.  They tend to be tactile and visual learners.

Phonics advocates believe that all a child needs to become a fluent reader is exposure to a sequential and explicit phonics program that teaches the alphabetic code and how it works to represent speech. It is considered a “bottom-up” approach.

Does it work?  Yes, with most, but not all, children. Children who are analytical and auditory learners seem to do best with phonics instruction. Decoding words through sounds comes easily for them.

The Phonics Approach and the Whole Language Approach practiced in isolation and without consideration of the child’s preferred learning style, deprives children of instructional opportunities that may be critical to literacy.

One-to-One Home Tutoring is firmly committed to “The Balanced Approach to Literacy”; one that recognizes that students need to use multiple strategies to become proficient readers. If a particular strategy isn’t working well for a given child, an alternate or combination of approaches can be used.  Flexibility is a must.

The One-to-One Program is squarely centered on responding to the individual student's learning needs, rather than relying upon a specific philosophical approach.

These needs are determined by thoroughly assessing the child's learning style, by analyzing individual strengths and weaknesses, by reviewing the student's educational history, and by investigating any exogenous factors that may affect the child’s performance.

When this assessment is complete, a customized system of instruction is then planned, but, in order to remain effective, these plans need to be continually updated in response to changing conditions and new information.

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