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The Tracey Tutor Philosophy

Students learn to read and spell best through multi-sensory methods.    They see the word. They hear the word.
They speak the word. They touch and manipulate the word through the use of Lots of Letters! magnetic letters and tactile materials.

Students learn best when reading and spelling are taught concurrently.

Students learn best when instructed in a logical and sequential manner.

Students learn best when they are taught each concept to the mastery level before moving on.
However, the mastery level is elusive and must be reinforced through routine repetition in order to be maintained.

Students learn best when they understand the  "Big Picture"  of what they are learning.  

Students learn best when they are taught the various syllable types in a sequential manner.   This enables students to anticipate vowel sounds and predict spelling patterns.

Students learn best when closed syllables (with short vowels) are introduced first.   Students must learn to add suffixes to closed syllables and vowel-r syllables before the introduction of long vowel syllables.

The ability to divide words into syllables is an imperative skill.

Students learn to read best when they are taught to sound out words.  Longer words should be sounded out syllable by syllable.

Students learn to spell best when they are taught to spell syllable by syllable.  

Students retain spelling best when they learn to spell the word correctly within the context of a sentence, rather than simply mastering the spelling of isolated words.

Students learn best when the Schwa vowel sound (the most common vowel sound) is explained and understood at an early reading level.

Students learn Creative Writing best when they are taken along a slowly progressing path of skill building.

Students can learn to read and spell basic syllables even before they are able to write.

Students write best when they first learn "letter line placement" and "where to place their pencil to begin."

Students learn best when given every opportunity to self correct through cues and encouraging questions from the tutor, rather than having the answer quickly  given by the tutor.    

Students initially learn best in a positive environment where they can "taste quick success" to build their confidence.

Students continue to learn best when there is a proper balance between "tasting quick success" and "being stretched to greater challenges."   

Tutors achieve the greatest success when they recognize that students have good days and bad days, and learn to respond by adapting quickly on any given day.   Experienced tutors have learned to be prepared for reluctant students.   The goal is to lovingly transform a reluctant student into a willing student.

Students respond best to lavish and sincere praise,  positive encouragement,  and a lighthearted attitude toward errors.
An environment of fun will foster the joy of learning . . .  and that is our ultimate Tracey Tutor goal!