Reading, Math, Writing, Study Skills









Sure, you want your children to love reading. It’s why you read their favorite stories to them (over and over and over again) when they were very young. But not every child is a natural born reader ... and even kids who are great readers can be challenged to become even better readers. Because no two children are exactly alike, we personalize reading tutoring to each child, giving kids the personal attention — and confidence — they need to thrive.


We support fluency skills such as:


  • sight words

  • reading with voice and intonation

  • attention to punctuation (or reading "road signs")

  • multi-sensory phonics (Orton-Gillingham method)


We support vocabulary skills such as:


  • context clues

  • word structure (including Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes)

  • synonyms/antonyms

  • dictionary/glossary work

  • analogies


We support comprehension skills such as:


  • inferencing

  • character analysis

  • plot analysis

  • compare/contrast

  • cause/effect

  • sequencing



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  • main idea and supporting details

  • summary

  • constructed response to reading

  • genre 

  • using evidence from the text to support thinking

  • using non-fiction text features



In elementary school, children must master their number facts and develop numerical fluency. They begin with computation and problem solving using whole numbers, and then move on to computation and problem solving with rational numbers (fractions, decimals, percents).  This foundation is essential for pre-algebra and algebra, which they will encounter in middle school.  At Peak, we don't just teach children HOW to do math, we help them understand WHY math works.  Through math recovery programs and working in targeted areas of need, we help students master the fundamentals of mathematics to help set them up for success in mathematics throughout their lives.

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We give students the tools to independently:
  • Master the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing

  • Apply effective composition techniques, including topic sentences, details and transitions

  • Approach various grade-level composition assignments

  • Learn from text–based assignments, including outlining main ideas and supporting details, analyzing short passages and writing summaries.



To improve legibility and help students who avoid writing because of the labor of handwriting, we offer assistance in "retraining" hands to write both print and cursive (using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum that aligns with local schools) as well as keyboarding skills.  The need for appropriate and efficient typing skills is becoming increasingly necessary at younger ages.  Schools often do not have the time to devote to these skills; we give students the skills to utilizing the keyboard effectively so that they can focus on content.


When the act of writing becomes less laborious, the thoughts, ideas, and organization become the focus.  With the tools we can provide, students who have previously avoided writing will start to enjoy it!


Using the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach, we help students learn the rules of spelling and apply them in their independent writing.  When students learn to spell correctly, they in turn become more fluent readers, too!


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