Emergent readers in Kindergarten through second grade are learning to balance decoding, fluency and comprehension. By making meaning out of books, they develop their receptive language skills. By talking about books, they activate their expressive language skills. Young readers begin to explore various genres, such as realistic fiction, animal fiction and informational non-fiction.
In their work with children in grades K-2, our master tutors strive for a balance between word work and comprehension work – and they teach children to love books. Up-to-date on the latest research in the teaching of reading, they make sure students develop phonemic awareness and strategies for decoding unfamiliar words. These skills enable them to read with accuracy. As critical as it is for kids to learn to read words, it is equally important that they learn how to think about text. Working with our tutors, children learn how to carry on a conversation about books. These conversations galvanize their oral language development. Our tutors help children to state, clarify, and elaborate on their ideas, and fashion thoughtful responses to books. This tutoring helps students learn how not only to understand what a book says literally, but also to comprehend it on a deeper level.
Our tutor serves as your child’s reading partner. During tutoring sessions, they provide reading instruction. And for between sessions, tutors recommend books that are tailored to your child’s particular interests, disposition, strengths and needs. Because of their years of experience and their heightened sensitivity to young children who are reluctant or hesitant readers, our tutors know how to coax students into embracing books. Through tutoring, your child will become a well-rounded reader who is able to both figure out tricky words and come up with the kind of sophisticated responses to texts they will be called upon to generate when they are older.