for Dyslexic and Struggling Readers
If you're in search of a reading tutor or a dyslexia tutor and live in Southern Oregon near the Ashland area (Medford, Central Point, Jacksonville, Rogue River, etc.) I can help. I will be happy to answer any of your questions by phone or email. I offer a free consultation where parent and student can meet with me; we can get to know each other a bit, and discuss the student's strengths and weaknesses and our ultimate goals for the student.
Does your child or teenager have difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling? Do you wish he would pick up a book and read without being told?
Do you wish she had the self-esteem and feeling of joy that comes from being a good reader?
Being a good reader starts with having the right tools and strategies. The reading process is really not as difficult as it sometimes seems. When a student learns how to read in a way that makes sense to him, in a systematic, step-by-step fashion, reading books at his appropriate independent level, a feeling of accomplishment and success develops. This leads the student to want to read more, which develops the student's knowledge base and vocabulary. He then becomes an accomplished, fluent reader, capable of reading increasingly more difficult text.
Reading well will follow the student throughout her lifetime; it's worth it to put in the effort now to reap multiple rewards down the road.
What to Expect
- Student and parent meet with me for an initial free consultation where we can get to know each other. We’ll talk about the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and goals for the student. The student will be given a questionnaire about their interests to take home and fill out.
- At the first session, the student will be given an assessment so I can clearly see where the gaps in their learning fall. In further sessions, we then complete each of the steps, filling in the gaps, and making sure nothing is overlooked. I keep a 4-5 page Wise on Reading Excel chart on each student to make sure ALL of the bases are covered.
- When necessary and appropriate, the student is guided in doing multi-sensory exercises to increase the student’s phonemic awareness and manipulation. This is usually necessary as many students who are struggling with reading do not hear all of the sounds in words clearly; hearing all of the sounds is necessary in order to read well and spell well too. I am expert in teaching "auditory discrimination."
- The student learns to read and spell words in a systematic, fun, hands-on, multisensory fashion, and keeps a notebook of words sorted according to sound patterns. Students learn about homophones (words that sound the same but have different spellings and different meanings); they keep their own list of these words (complete with drawings at times to help them remember which is which).
- Students are given reading materials (sentences, stories, and books) that perfectly match their present reading abilities. The appropriate reading material increases the student's reading fluency (accuracy, smoothness and speed) and increases his self-esteem in preparation for moving on to the next step.
- Reading materials change quickly as the student learns new skills and strategies. The student's motivation increases as she is able to read increasingly complex material and begins to realize she will be able to read those books she's always wanted to be able to read.
- Spelling also improves as the student begins to see and understand more about how words and our language work. In concert with reading, students are given hands-on strategies to improve spelling.
- Students do a small amount of writing to reinforce each newly learned skill; correct grammar and punctuation is also learned. As students become better at reading, they also have an opportunity to write stories, poetry, essays, etc.
- The student’s self-esteem continues to increase as he becomes successful in reading, writing, and spelling.
- The student’s vocabulary increases as she reads more and is exposed to more words. The student keeps a list of vocabulary words in her notebook.
- The student is given strategies to read and spell multi-syllable words with ease. Reading, writing, and spelling levels increase.
- The student becomes better at choosing his own books--those just right books according to reading level and interest.
- Students have been known to be caught reading when they're supposed to be sleeping!
I use a phonetic, multisensory, systematic method in teaching students to read. Multisensory instruction works on many different levels so the learning sinks in and the student really "gets it!" A hands-on approach gets the student more involved in his or her own learning. My program helps the student to see patterns in our language; The brain and memory function better when provided with patterns. The student learns good strategies for reading and spelling.
The Wise on Reading program combines reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension. With the right tools, and the right reading materials, tailored to the student's reading level and interests, reading becomes much easier and begins to flow more smoothly; it all begins to click for the student who then begins to see himself or herself as not only a reader--but as becoming a good reader.
For most of the students I work with, comprehension doesn't seem to be a big issue. Decoding (figuring out what the word is) is more typically the problem. But, once the student is able to read with more ease, her working memory is freed up to deal with comprehension. Students learn to visualize what they're reading in order to process and understand it better.
How long does it take to see a difference? After just a few sessions, the student (and you) will feel a sense of relief. You will begin to see an increase in skill, motivation, fluency, reading enjoyment, spelling, and self-esteem.
Why tutoring? John Medina in his book Brain Rules talks of the importance of small class size as he says, "Given that every brain is wired differently, being able to read a student's mind is a powerful tool in the hands of a teacher...It may include knowledge of when students are confused and when they are fully engaged. It also gives sensitive teachers valuable feedback about whether their teaching is being transformed into learning."
As we know small class size is hard to come by these days, and if your child is falling behind, a one-on-one situation is the best and most efficient way to help him catch up. Despite what you may have been told, a reading difficulty will not correct itself. If you are concerned, and think there is a problem, there probably is. Do your child or teenager a huge favor and get help now.
A teacher/tutor should possess devotion and passion to the field of reading, exceptional education and knowledge, plus skill and patience. Why me? I have a Masters in Education with emphasis in the field of reading and I have worked in this field for over twenty years. I am devoting my life to teaching and creating materials for those students who learn differently and need to be taught in ways that make better sense to them. My students have experienced outstanding gains with the use of the proven teaching methods I use. I am skillful, patient, and understanding, and I know how to provide the student with the strategies he or she needs to become a successful reader. My goal is that students will read well and develop a lifelong love of reading. My aim is to teach each new student efficiently (providing just what they need) to save you time and money.
- By appointment at my home in Ashland
- Warm, caring teaching
- A quiet, peaceful environment
Margo Emrich, M.Ed.
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