I taught high school educable mentally handicapped for three years and K-6 Learning Disabilites for four years. I left education to work with computers for 30 years. Prior to retirement, the passion to assist struggling readers was rekindled. Since retirement, I have tutored at my grandchildren's school and have developed numerous materials for fundamental reading and math skills.
Being analytical (computers for 30 years), I breakdown many of the reading skills into small manageable parts and then work towards building the whole. The materials I develop are specific and focused to provide fundamental skills while other contributors provide materials for the higher reading skills. When possible, I develop interactive materials that allow teachers/students to customize to meet their individual needs. The theme for my materials is centered around breakfast food analogies. Single Syllable Words: Pancakes (short vowel sounds); Waffles (long vowel sounds); Orange Juice (R Controlled vowel sounds); Fruit Toppings (Diphthong vowel sounds). Multiple Syllable Words: Donuts (open vowel rule); Muffins (multiple consonant rule); Grapefruit (silent e rule); Maple Syrup (rule of le).
Wrote and directed a Title IV ESEA grant: Project RIGHT: Reading Improvement Gained Through Hemispheric Training.
B.S. ('71) and M.S. ('73) Illinois State Unversity in Special Education. Certified (Illinois) in the areas of Educable Mentally Handicapped, Physically Handicapped, Learning Disabilities, Elementary Education and Administration.
I was a struggling reader/speller in elementary. So, I have a lot of empathy for struggling readers/spellers. Sgt in USMC with one tour in Vietnam (1966 - 1967). Retired as Senior Technical Analyst in the Systems Dept. at a Fortune 25 company. I have made presentations at the Illinois Reading Council Conference, International Precision Teaching Conference, and multiple teacher workshops.