- Levels Taught:
- Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
To many emerging readers, English can seem to be a frustrating jumble of exceptions. For nearly a century, many students have been taught grossly oversimplified phonics that generate thousands of exceptions. That approach works for some students, but many struggle - especially rule-following, logical, literal students. Indeed, nearly two thirds of 4th and 8th graders read below grade level.
Thankfully, English follows a deliciously rich and robust code with remarkable consistency - and in fact, fully 98% of English words are phonetically regular. The Phonics for Parents seminar is one hour of intensive instruction designed to give literate adults the tools needed to unlock the code and become a literacy superhero. You'll come away with insights that have left many wondering "how did I not know this before now?"
For example, "gave" rhymes with "pave" but not with "have." How can this be? The answer is simple for a child who knows the 4 letters that cannot be used at the end of English words. I'd love to share insights like this to help you and your child breeze past potential frustrations, while building a solid foundation for reading, spelling, and critical thinking.
Through the seminar, you'll gain a perspective that will help you see your child's struggles not as a lack of ability, but as testament to it. And, when you are prepared to give your child expert instruction in phonics at home, you'll be prepared to reinforce and supplement the lessons from your child's other teachers.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 18+
- Teaching since:
- November 2015
Students have told me they appreciate the way I make learning fun and effective. Lessons are focused on practical applications for immediate use, while layering in essential fundamentals for solid long-term growth. I teach both soft skills and technical skills, bridging art and science. It’s a very pragmatic approach, filled with patience and good humor. Lessons are customized to your learning style, pace, and goals.
My professional experience includes a 20-year career leading customer loyalty and retention efforts at a Fortune 20 company. With that background, and as a business owner today, I am passionate about delighting clients and ensuring students get the most for their time and money.
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Association of Independent Architectural Photographers (AIAP)
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My company provides customized photography services and training. Awarded "Best of 2016" for client satisfaction.
Co-author of "Sounding Out the Sight Words: A Guide to Teaching the Dolch Words through Phonics" with Denise Eide.
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The AIAP is not a vehicle for social change, a bandwagon for political agenda or a soapbox for business reform.
The AIAP will strive continually to bring new and better clients to its members through innovative and aggressive marketing techniques. At the same time, the AIAP will make a constant effort to educate and inform the photography buying public as to the merits of hiring a qualified (AIAP) architectural photographer.
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To the professional real estate photographer, the REPAI is an invaluable resource for new business. Each REPAI member has the opportunity to draw on the knowledge and experience of other professional members through interaction on the REPAI LinkedIn Group and the REPAI Flickr Group.
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