How Smarties Private Tutoring help my child's English skills?

Smarties Private Tutoring can provide support for students finding challenges with all english concepts including phonemic awareness and letter recognition for early reading skills, explicit reading instruction for fluency and comprehension, explicit spelling and grammar skills, written narrative and persuasive text features and multisensory handwriting skills.
Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, each session will include one-on-one teacher-student instruction in an explicit, structured and sequential method to teach reading, writing and spelling.


The Orton-Gillingham Approach was originally designed for students with dyslexia. However, it is a powerful learning tool and highly recommended to help any student who finds reading or spelling challenging. This multisensory approach uses multiple pathways, such as visual, auditory, kinesthetics (movement) and tactile (touch) to help children learn and master the connections between sounds and letter.

It is a structured program, designed to help students make connections between sounds and symbols in our English language and apply these rules to help their reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding). Students sequentially move from the simple concepts of language to more complex concepts, reviewing their previously learnt information at the beginning of each new session. As language skills are mastered, new skills are introduced.


Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words. This skill is taught in a step-by-step approach and developed as part of the progression of reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding). Students work through a check list of phonemes, rules and patterns, non-phonetic sight words, syllabification and spelling rules.


Each language skill is mastered before moving on to the next. Students’ progress is monitored during sessions, so that new skills are introduced and targeted to the area of need. Students continue to learn new rules and spelling patterns, then apply these learned skills to become fluid readers, accurate spellers and creative writers.


Decodable books contain short texts made up of words that students can decode with a small number of high frequency irregular words that children have been taught. These books give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of letter sound relationships and blending sounds to read words in connected texts. This improves reading accuracy and fluency and boosts confidence with reading skills.