As a lifetime educator and former homeschooler, I am always teaching and tutoring. I served in two positions requiring me to develop training materials, and have been developing ever since! I was a Phonics tutor for 12+ years, a Lifelines tutor for 2 years, and a Childhood Education Professional for 2 years while in college. I served as an inventory specialist for two and a half years before my disease developed to the point of being unable to drive to work often.
I am far from traditional! I believe in keeping lessons short, developing on building blocks and consistently reviewing foundations, and never pushing. I'm very classical in my approach, and The Well-Trained Mind is a go to, but adore Charlotte Mason, Montessori, and Waldorf approaches, as well. I am a curriculum addict, and do not ascribe to one particular brand. I am a very strong phonics supporter, and believe an understanding of both phonics and mental math are the quintessential cornerstones of education.
Mathlete, Academic Olympics, Dean's List every semester. Tested out of an entire years' worth of college.
Nearly finished with my degree in Psychology with a Childhood Education emphasis when I was diagnosed. Hope to finish shortly, but it's just a matter of managing the costs of medicine and treatment first. (Not to mention a house full of children!)
I am a mother of 3, ages 3, 5, and 8. I am unable to work professionally as I have fairly disabling Multiple Sclerosis, so my days are spent teaching my younger two children. Of my three children, all knew how to read by five, and my five year old knew how to read when she was three and a half! I am very informal, but I try to be consistent in sounding out words while reading aloud and enunciating. I believe books open minds, and phonics are the building blocks to decoding and problem solving later in life.