Tutoring for Elementary School students often focuses on establishing or strengthening basic skills in reading, writing or math. If a child is struggling in these areas, the school may provide intervention or suggest starting an IEP or 504 plan.
Parents are crucial advocates in identifying trouble areas and advocating for support which may include one of these formal plans at school or tutoring.
Tutoring in these skill areas can support the school instruction or ‘fill in the gaps’ if a student is missing core concepts. It is possible that tutoring can contribute to the identification of a learning disability, if one is present, because it contributes to establishing that a student has received adequate instruction.
New concepts are introduced really quickly in Elementary school- it can often help your child to have these concepts explained and reinforced by another person. Examples of how tutoring can help an Elementary student include:
Helping develop a strong homework ethic to get those assignments done.
Supporting the goals of an IEP or 504 plan already established in the school
Practice with reading improvements via phonics instruction, sight word practice and recognition, reading comprehension and other story elements.
- Practice with school spelling words and spelling in their own writing.
- Practice answering questions about things they have read (the concrete basics)
- Practice sequencing the events of a story
- Understanding of author’s purpose and writing devices such as simile, metaphor or figurative language.
- Practice using a variety of materials to develop research skills.
- Instruction with writing reports, book reports, stories, plays or poems.
- Instruction and practice with taking notes, outlining and other planning
- Instruction and practice with editing for content and writing conventions like capitalization, punctuation and grammar.
- Work with remembering basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
- Strategies to answer word problems related to different operations and concepts.
- Learning more about place value, mental math, telling time and linear measurement
- Work with geometric concepts and shapes, area, volume and other metrics.
- Discovering and communicating optimum learning strategies to aid parent and teacher understanding of student learning profile.
This work may be for convenience, enrichment to help your child get ahead, for short term ‘catching up’ or for longer term support to help remediate academic weaknesses or learning disabilities.
Whatever your reason, we are here to help! We have a network of qualified tutors, as well as support professionals familiar with the wide spectrum of academic skills and abilities that can help make sure your child gets the help that they need.