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Katie

Undergraduate Degree:
Illinois State University - Special Education

Graduate Degree:
Northern Illinois University - Curriculum & Instruction

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John

Undergraduate Degree:
University Of Chicago - History

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Madeline

Undergraduate Degree:
Northwestern University - Theatre/Creative Writing/Psychology Minor

How a tutor can help your child master: Phonics

IDENTIFYING PHONICS GOALS

Our educational director will build your student's personal Phonics learning profile, including strengths and weaknesses.

IDENTIFYING STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES

Your student's tutor will pinpoint the areas in which your student excels in Phonics and the areas that require extra attention.

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1:1 Phonics tutoring is specifically designed to help your child meet and surpass your goals.

Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

The student read through some first grade sight words; she knew 16 out of 40. We read a story; when she got to a word she did not know she would omit it or wait until I told her what it was. We are focusing on blends and diphthongs so we played a matching game where I had her match the blend with the rest of the word. I saw slight improvement from last session on her knowing how to pronounce the blends.

I met the student today and began our tutoring session with some quick assessments to determine our starting points. She is eager to work and learn! I determined that she needs some practice with short vowel sounds. We worked through some blend ladders (sa, se, si, so, su, etc.) and will continue to practice these until the recall is automatic. We also went over her sight word list from school and played games with some of the words she struggled with. She read a decodable book to me with good accuracy and we did a good deal of 'word work' with the words from the book. We will focus on consonant-short vowel blends and sight word games for the next several sessions.

The student and I read some books to familiarize him with the alphabet. We played a game to work on his letter recognition. We then worked on writing his name. He came up with a great idea, and in my future sessions with him, we will be working through a book that he is very interested in.

We went over the sounds of a few vowel digraphs (au, ew, oo), different sounds of y, read some CVC and CVVC nonsense words, hard/soft g and c, and syllables. The student knows the rules for reading CVC and CVVC words and would sound each part out correctly, but sometimes would change from long vowel to short vowel when blending them. We worked on blending the ending sound first and then adding the first sound to that.

Student 1 - I am going to work on blends and digraphs with her. Today we began the "Ch" and "Sh" digraphs. She was very good at identifying the sounds.
Student 2 - He tries to read the sentences very fast. When prompted, he can sound the words out. We began the "EE" and "EA" vowel teams.

Continued to focus thesis and add detail to outline, including specific relevant case studies and statistical information. Began outlining for annotated bibliography entry summaries by breaking articles down by subtitles. Assigned student to check the library for two books that could be helpful for understanding the "Propaganda Model" and "Fear Discourse".

This session was great. The student has covered a lot of ground with his main essay. He has about 1/4 of the essay left to cover, but after that and some editing he should be good to go.

We looked at sentences and determined which ones had proper grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and meaning. The student did exceptionally well, getting all but one correct. Then we went over a paper I had him write, outside of his schoolwork, so I could see if he was continuing to improve. He did very well on his rugby paper, and there was a marked improvement from his previous one. The body and conclusion were well done, though he will re-write the opening paragraph for our next session. In addition, we talked about how he should outline and prepare for his next English paper, which is a persuasive writing assignment. I gave him instructions on how to create an outline before a rough draft.

Met with the student and worked on improving a paper he had written. The paper was a summary and critique of a biography he had read. Starting with his rough draft, we went over each paragraph and edited it to read more fluently.

This session I got a feel for how the student is doing in school and what she needs to work on. We worked on forming good study habits as well as created an outline for her English essay. She finished half of the essay.

We worked on thesis statements, outlines, and writing paragraphs. The student is struggling to develop strong thesis statements and link back to the thesis throughout her essays. My plan is to start out working on these macro issues, and then eventually move on to specific writing concerns. She is working on an essay, and we'll be using that for practice for the next week or two.

I worked with the student, going over her completed paper paragraph by paragraph. She had finished needed to work on two paragraphs and made citations in order to complete her project.

How can a tutor help your student master Phonics?

If your child struggles with sounding out letters and recognizing words, phonics tutors can be of assistance. These tutors meet in the comfort of your home, or another location of your choosing, at a time that suits you. 

Since phonics—the relationship between letters and sounds—is central to language, success in phonics means success in reading, spelling, and comprehension. Studies show that mastery of phonics gives students an edge on the skills needed to read quickly and fluently. These excellent tutors can identify the sounds your child already knows, as well as review more challenging sounds and sound combinations. 

Phonics tutoring can also provide the motivation for learning phonics. A one-on-one tutor can assist your child in matching written words and sounds with spoken language, using games and activities. Tutors use mnemonic devices to associate a letter or combination of letters with a sound to help your child better remember sounds while reading. By focusing on one or just several sounds at a time, a specialized tutor can challenge your child without overwhelming him or her. And most importantly, an engaging and enthusiastic tutor can instill a love of learning and a passion for how the written word—through phonics—becomes the spoken word. Call our directors today to learn more about excellent phonics tutoring throughout the country