Literacy Together provides one on one private tutoring to students of all ages. Based on the initial assessment of a student’s learning level, I customize our lesson plans. The plans are specific to each student and tailored to empower them with reading and writing skills. I use a combination of informal and norm-referenced assessments to chart the progress of my students. This helps me understand what they may be learning quicker and what areas they need more help with.
I am certified to recognize the profile of strengths and weaknesses in students with dyslexia or other reading challenges. However, I am unable to medically diagnose dyslexia or other disabilities. As a result, this is where informal assessments come in to fill the gap and meet our students’ needs. The assessments consist of a carefully chosen combination of recognized tests that provide extensive information in a short period of time. I learn why a student has been struggling and I can then develop a plan to address learning difficulties.
I conduct informal assessments in seven key assessment areas:
Phonemic awareness: I test their ability to manipulate sounds
Decoding: I test their ability to break words apart
Sight word knowledge: I test if they can recognize high-frequency words automatically
Reading fluency: I measure their speed and tone when reading
Reading comprehension: I test their understanding of the meaning behind what is being read
Spelling Skills: I test " sounding out" and their knowledge of common spelling patterns rules
Written expression: I measure them being able to express one’s thoughts coherently and in a correct structure on paper).