When I am tutoring a learner in math, I always encourage them to use materials to help them visualize or model a problem. Learners from kindergarteners through middle school benefit from math experiences that are visual and concrete. According to Jo Boaler (2019) in Mindeset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas Grade 6, “students needContinue reading Create Math Experiences with These 7 Materials
Welcome to the Guided Learning Studio!
The Guided Learning Studio is a home-based learning studio located in the Ahwatukee neighborhood of Phoenix. We are committed to providing engaging learning experiences based on a learner’s needs and interests. The studio was founded by Maria Arana in 2018. Meet Maria Maria is an accomplished educator who brings a wealth of academic excellence, teachingContinue reading Welcome to the Guided Learning Studio!
How to Help Your Child Become a Fluent Reader
Learning to read is a complicated process that requires several areas of the brain to work together to decode, recognize and make sense of what is being read. In this post, I am focusing on ways you can help you child become a more fluent reader. What is reading fluency? Fluent readers can read aloudContinue reading How to Help Your Child Become a Fluent Reader
An Organized Studio
This weekend the studio got some attention. I organized our paper file cabinet and placed the most used types of paper in an organizer. Both my kids and the students I work with like having access to the paper and to the personal dry erase boards. When the paper was stored in the white flatContinue reading An Organized Studio
Learning to Read: Word Study
Learning to read often occurs around the age of six and continues to develop through childhood and into adolescence. Some young children learn to read before they are six-years-old and some children learn closer to eight-years-old. Learning to read is a lot like learning to walk, some children are early walkers and some walk closerContinue reading Learning to Read: Word Study
This week I have been reflecting on the learning and teaching process and thinking about what it means to support children as they learn. This post is about what guided learning means to me. I will also describe the influence educators and learning philosophies have on my beliefs about learning and teaching. GuidedContinue reading Guided Learning
A Learning Play Date
This week in Arizona many schools are closed due to the teacher walkout. There is a great necessity to adequately fund schools in the state. I support the teachers, administrators and support staff who have stood their ground to put pressure on the state legislature and leaders to come up with a solution. Since theContinue reading A Learning Play Date
Teaching at Home
I recently realized that tutoring has always been part of my life. In high school I tutored students in math at the local middle school. As an engineering student in college, I volunteered at a high school. Tutoring is what led me to consider switching majors to education. I enjoy the learning and teaching process andContinue reading Teaching at Home