I have a young man whom I work with who is homeschooled by his mom. She does a great job with him, but sometimes being mom and teacher gets a bit tough on both of them. He comes and works with me once a week or twice a week, mostly on math and reading. He is a great young man. He has a bit of a learning situation, as he gets rattled when something is hard for him to understand. He can get overwhelmed and want to stop working.
I will call him Bob. Bob and his parents interviewed with me several months ago. Mom filled me in with what was going on and said that she needed some outside help for her homeschooled son. We started tutoring.
Bob has been doing great! We work on multiplication, fractions and adding and subtracting. We write really big on the papers to make it very clear from him and give him lots of space to do the problem. If you are outside and it is a warm day, you can take chalk and make problems on the sidewalk for your child to do. It adds some fun to the task! Well, back to Bob. If a problem becomes very hard for Bob, he gets very upset, and seeing this, I need to help him. I back him up to a problem he knows how to do, and then part by part, start again on the type of problem that he had trouble with. I make lots of pictures of parts of the problem to show him what we are doing. Slowly the fear passes and after doing the problem a few times, I can see on his face that he understands and there is no longer any upsets regarding the math. When he fully gets the problem, I can literally see the light in his eyes, accomplishment!
Another great trick for reading, is having both parties take turn reading the pages. It takes the stress off of the uncertain reader and eases their fears. I do this with Bob, and he can't wait to come back to read the book again and see what happens next.
I highly recommend that if you are a homeschooling mom or dad, invest if possible in having a tutor or someone work with your student, other than yourself. The benefits are enormous.
Bob is a creative learner, as I talked about before.
It is crucial that you find the ways that your student can absorb his or her lessons easily. Love and patience are the only things necessary to find these personal learning techniques. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child's eyes light up because they have grasped a new concept, or accomplished another step of their learning.
Well, that's it for now. I am here to answer questions or comments. Please feel free to email me. I would love to hear from you.