Tips For Reading Tutors

Tips for Tutors
Advice for First-Time Tutors – Literacy consultant Cathy Puett Miller helps you get started.

More suggestions for effective tutoring

A Toolbox of Terms for Volunteer Tutoring – Cathy Puett Miller explains the terms used in reading instruction.

Classroom Letter and Language Activities from Dr. Jean Feldman
“Mystery Person” — A Language Experience Approach Extension
Singing the ABCs — Creative Variations
Toss A Sound — Teaching Letter Sounds with Fun and Exercise
Walk-About Story— Incorporating Movement with Reading
In Their Own Words: The Language Experience Approach
Talking About Books With Your Students
Telling Students to “Sound It Out”

Does saying “Just Sound it Out!” really work? We present some alternatives.

The Great Phonics Debate
The Road to Literacy: Teacher/Musician Greg Whitfield on the importance of teaching letter sounds.
Readers’ Theater

Children love this activity–and so will literacy tutors.

Word Families
Working and Playing with Words
High-Frequency Sight Words
Using Music to Promote Reading Skills- From our partner site, Songs for Teaching

Picture-Song Storybooks by Regina Newlin
Teaching Children to Listen for Initial Letter Sounds  by Jim Gill
Using Music to Build Phonemic Awareness by Laura Woodall and Brenda Ziembroski

Literacy Begins at Home
Suggested Reading

Books on a Budget – How you can acquire books at minimal cost.
Books for Your Earliest Readers – These books will get your beginning students off to a positive start.
Great Books for Teaching Students to Read – See why Ruth recommends using “Readers” for all ages.
Books your students will enjoy – See our recommendations and links to useful book lists.
References for Volunteer Tutors and Literacy Program Directors – Books and websites that will benefit any literacy program.