At the Chicago Home Tutor we use the most current research to improve your student’s reading – from early literacy skills to high level comprehension. We use a variety of strategies for reading instruction and will design an individualized program specifically for your student.

Before beginning reading instruction we always start with a thorough assessment to make our instruction targeted and efficient. This assessment includes early literacy skills (the building blocks of reading), fluency, and comprehension to help us determine exactly where your student needs extra help or enrichment. For more information on best practices in reading instruction and the different areas of reading, see the report by the National Reading Panel.

For our early readers we often incorporate the Sound Partners Curriculum. The Sound Partners Curriculum has been proven by independent studies in the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse (see full report here) to on average improve alphabetics by 21 percentile points, fluency by 19 percentile points, and comprehension by 21 percentile points. 

We also utilize Orton-Gillingham which is a multi-sensory reading intervention that “incorporates the three learning pathways, which are: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. This approach is beneficial not only for students with dyslexia, but for all learners. It can be implemented in a large group setting as well as with individuals, small groups and at-risk populations” (continue learning about Orton-Gillingham here).

For students who read accurately but struggle with fluency, we use the HELPS program, listening passage previewrepeated readings, and much more. Also, students who complete our Sound Partners program (described above) on average improve 19 percentile points in reading fluency.

We always embed comprehension instruction into our activities to ensure that students are understanding what they read and developing higher level literacy skills such as determining the main idea, summarizing, and making inferences. Some students need extra support in higher level literacy. For these students we provide direct instruction in reading comprehension using research-supported methods such as Click or Clunk, QARAdvanced Story Maps, Reciprocal Teaching, and much more!  

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What Parents Say:

The Chicago Home Tutor has had a transformative effect on our son's reading and writing ability over a really short period of time. Our tutor is fun, approachable and our son loves her classes. He learns by playing and he is proud to show us his progress. She details improvements and compares our child to the average at his age. It's invaluable to know where he stands and how he's doing great. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Chicago Home Tutor to every parent seeking for a top class tutor.
- Barbara C, August 2015

The Chicago Tutor was a wonderful gift during a challenging time for my daughter. The whole process worked marvelously smoothly. Ryan was terrific - he kept my daughter motivated and feeling secure. He was also responsive to changes when they became necessary. And he could teach the material well. We couldn't have asked for anything more!
-Joy B, February 2016

Our tutor is an excellent and engaging tutor. She works with my 7 year old daughter on math concepts and is very effective. My daughter actually looks forward to working with her. She is very conscientious and professional; she is always prepared with materials and has multiple ways of approaching the subject. I would highly recommend the Chicago Home Tutor to anyone in need of a tutor.
-Deanna D, April 2015

I am so happy with the Chicago Home Tutor. You can tell our tutor, Laura, has prepared every class meticulously and knows perfectly what each student needs. My son has improved a lot with her help, and he smiles every time I tell him that he will be seeing Ms. R.
-Patricia P, February 2015