The Benefits of Working with Me

  • One-on-one personalized instruction the entire session: Your child will not likely receive this at a learning center. I worked at a local learning center and there were three children at various grade levels working on different subjects with a different teacher each session. At Temple Tutoring your child will not have the distraction of other students at the table or even in the same room.


  • Strong, proven curriculum designed for struggling learners: My reading program is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach and designed for all students, including those with dyslexia. The math curriculum I use has been the standard for over 30 years of excellence and provides a firm foundation for higher math skills.


  • Bite-sized, game-oriented lessons: Learning centers have one set curriculum they use for each child, no matter how they learn. I adapt each lesson to the child’s needs. I present the lesson in incremental steps at their learning pace and style. Since we review through games it doesn’t feel monotonous but gives the repetition struggling students desperately need.


  • The ability to address foundational gaps: Instead of just moving on to the next lesson, I have the freedom to focus on those critical areas, such as phonological awareness and basic math facts, for as long as the child needs.


  • Narrow niche=laser focus: Since I specialize in Kindergarten through third-grade level students I am able to focus on exactly what young children need when they are struggling at these math and reading levels.


  • Over 10 different hands-on activities available: Learning centers use a program on a tablet or a set of worksheets with very few, if any, hands-on learning tools. Most young children do not look forward to sitting at a table after they have been sitting at a desk at school most of the day. I have a room full of activities that engage the child physically while they are learning.


  • Picture-based learning for the right-brained learner: In addition to all of these hands-on activities which are perfect for kids who need to move or have ADHD, I also have over 600 words that use pictures and movements to remember them. The multiplication tables are taught through stories, also.


  • My tutoring comes from a true passion, not just a career choice: I strongly believe that I was created to help young, struggling learners. I have dedicated countless hours to preparing each lesson and adapting it to each of my students, and I will continue to do so as long as I am able.


  • Why should you choose me over another private tutor? With choosing a random tutor online you never know what you might get. It might be possible to find that retired teacher with 25 years of experience or you might end up with a college student who just needs to make extra money. Either person you choose may not have experience working with dyslexic students like I do. If all of the above reasons aren’t enough to convince you, at least schedule a free appointment to come see the tutoring room and meet me. At the same time, I’ll assess your child to see at what level to begin the program.

Red Words Explained

One of the main goals of the Temple Tutoring Reading Program is for your child to be able to decode any word in the English language. To do this, they must have a solid understanding of each sound and letter combination. There are many details and rules to learn. We stay on each of these concepts before adding another until your child can recognize it in a word and read it fluently.

Because all of this takes so much time, yet is vital to reading, I also teach the most frequently written words in the English language in order of appearance. You might know them as “sight words” or “high-frequency words”. Since some of the words are non-phonetic (cannot be sounded out) or contain word parts that we have not yet learned, we call them “red words”. Red reminds your child to stop and realize these facts about the word.

When I teach a red word I first show the word to your child on a SnapWord card. This will help them see the whole word as a picture. Throughout the entire red word learning procedure, your child is also using his gross motor-concrete and fine motor skills-abstract.

The key to learning red words is reviewing them daily, so commit to making them part of your child’s routine. The procedure is to arm-tap (see video) each word once. The goal is to learn to read and spell each word.


How to Cultivate a Love for Reading

Reading is a struggle for your child. The school year is fast approaching and homework requires a lot of reading, even if it is just to answer mathematical word problems. Your child’s brain is so tired by the time they get home from school where they’ve been reading words on the board and at their desk, why would they want to pick up a book and read it on their own?

Cultivating a love for reading in your home requires purposeful action.

  • Make reading time something they anticipate.

There are plenty of great chapter books at the library downtown. Find one your whole family will enjoy. When your child sees you anticipating what will happen in the next chapter it will change their attitude. I know it can be exhausting trying to pretend you are motivated and excited about a children’s book when you have worked all day, but it is well worth it. When I’m teaching and my student is reading, I express the excitement of opening a Christmas gift in anticipation for the next page. My students catch that excitement and it takes some of the anxiety away from the effort to decode the words. We’re reading for a purpose–to see what will happen next! Your child’s attitude towards reading will affect their attitude toward their education and beyond for the rest of their life.

  • Make reading time part of your family’s routine.

Your child already brushes her teeth and gets ready for bed each night. Pair up reading time with something she already does each day. Read at a meal time or at night before bedtime, whatever works for your family. Talk about what’s happening in the book whenever you can. Children tend to remember what they enjoy. Reading can be such a positive way to connect with your child!

Repeat the First Sound You Hear

Phonological Awareness Activities are vital for beginning or struggling readers. I give the Phonological Awareness Skills Test to each of my students and focus on the areas of struggle in each session.

Here is a very simple one for you to do with your child in the car or at home.

Think of random words and have your child isolate and repeat the first sound in the word.

You: “Repeat the first sound you hear in the word cat.

Child: “/k/” If your child does not say the /k/ sound, say each sound by itself /k/ /a/ /t/ and then ask him to repeat the very first sound he/she heard. These activities take a lot more brain power for dyslexic children. It’s important to show patience with your child.

You: “That’s right! What is the first sound you hear in the word elephant?”

Child: “/e/” (short sound of e)

You: “You got it! Way to go!”

Keep saying other random words as long as your child is interested. Stop if you or your child get frustrated. The idea is to keep them interested in learning. If they enjoy it, they will want to do it again.