It’s never too early to start tutoring and get your child off to the right start. Elementary school is an important time because it’s when students are building the foundation for their future. This is especially important like math, science, English, and writing—all subjects which build on each other. Falling behind in grades or understanding early in elementary school can set a precedence for years to come. That’s one reason why starting tutoring early is a good idea.
How Is Elementary School Different?
Elementary education is different from high school or middle school education. In elementary school, classes are usually short (often less than one hour). Kids don’t stay in a single place for very long. They engage in different materials with the goal of building a strong educational base or foundation. High school, on the other hand, is great at honing and developing skills in art or calculus or theater.
Therefore, it is the job of the elementary school tutor to teach the student a broad foundation of skills. Commonly elementary school children have a few core subjects that they need to improve.
How To Teach Mathematics To Elementary School Children
A wide body of research shows that elementary school students learn math best when math is made visual and engaging. This can be as simple as drawing pictures and creating little stories for the math. Stories make math more conceptual for children and give them a better framework around which to build memories. This can create a strong foundation for their developing math skills. It is also important to ask the student: why? This creates engagement. It also allows you to assess where their knowledge is. You can them adapt your lesson plan.
How To Teach Reading Comprehension To Elementary School Children
Kids at the elementary school level like to learn things through experience. Learning literacy is no different. Language is all about learning to decode things. There are different strategies for this. You can use a semantics approach. Semantics means focusing on meaning. A great strategy for this is to ask kids to try and understand the meaning of what you are reading. Another approach is through phonetics. Phoentics refers to studying the sounds themselves. You can ask a student to listen to sounds and relate them to words. Another approach is to use sounds you already know in order to sound out new unknown words. Syntax is another strategy students can employ. You can use semantics while learning reading comprehsion by analyzing how certain words and sounds are created.
Establish An Atmosphere of Kindness
Kids can sense kindness right away. At Tutor Portland we are big believers in kindness. We embody that and believe that everyone should be kind and pleasant. Everyone deserves to be treated nicely and with respect. Research shows that babies spend more time looking at kind people. Kids are more likely to spend time with others who are kind. Kids will learn better in a kind atmosphere where they feel comfortable.