- ages 8-12
This is a one hour diagnostic reading evaluation followed by a written report and teaching suggestions specific to your child.
This session is also a prerequisite for the small group reading class called Steps to Reading.
|Start / End Dates||ongoing, make an appointment|
|Reading Evaluation Session||$150|
This one hour diagnostic reading evaluation is designed for learners who struggle with reading. As a result, you will gain more understanding of your child’s challenges.
I will provide a written report of the results with teaching suggestions designed to give you guidance as you homeschool.
This evaluation is also required before enrolling in my small group reading class called Steps to Reading. If you choose to continue with me, I will send you a link for enrollment to Steps to Reading.
Learning to read can be challenging and it’s a foundational skill for life. Some children understand the concepts easily, while others do not.
So when our child has difficulties, we worry. If they aren’t making progress, is it my fault?
And from the child’s perspective, they wonder why their siblings and friends find reading so easy. Is something wrong with them?
This happened to me and one of my daughters when we were homeschooling. I know the heartache.
When my three graduated from homeschool, I went back to school and earned a Master’s degree in reading instruction. From there I taught reading in public schools and now have a tool box of successful, research-based teaching strategies to share.
For more about me and my teaching approach, see the Instructor tab.
When you enroll, you will have the opportunity to choose an appointment time.
No reading skills are required to participate in this evaluation.
I will send you a short questionnaire to help me prepare for our time together.
To participate successfully in this evaluation, you will need the following:
- Zoom (free account)
- Microphone and camera on your computer
- Google Drive (part of a free Google gmail account)
Jena Borah, M.S. Ed. (she/her) is a certified teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Master’s degree in reading instruction. She has extensive knowledge of the science behind reading and teaching strategies to help struggling readers.
Hallmarks of her teaching philosophy include sequential and systematic phonics instruction, metacognitive comprehension strategies and linguistics, all in the context of student interests and internal motivation. She believes the Orton-Gillingham approach of multi-modal instruction can benefit all learners.
As a public school reading teacher, she has worked with students from kindergarten to 8th grade. All of them were at least one grade level behind their peers, and she has seen even the most reluctant reader begin to love reading and improve.
As a former homeschool mom, Jena knows what it’s like to have a child with reading difficulties as well as the 24 hour demand of being both mom and teacher. She also understands the unique mindset children develop as they learn at home instead of the classroom.
Her 18 years of homeschooling was guided by the idea “Maintain the joy of childhood and the joy of learning.” That meant tapping into their natural curiosity and facilitating their passions, something she called interest-led learning, with a bent toward unschooling. Today, all three of her children have college degrees and are successfully pursuing their careers.
After working a few years as a reading teacher in public schools, she is happy to be “home” again, using her skills and experience to help homeschoolers understand their struggling readers and offer practical ideas to guide their child in lifelong learning.