Phonics to Fluency - Ongoing Reading Basics Camp for ages 5-8

A fun, interactive small group phonics and reading camp designed for emerging, beginner, and esl readers; we work on fluency and comprehension. This ongoing class will continue on a year-round schedule with breaks published in advance.
60 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 68 learners

30 minutes

per class

3x per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Tue May 24

Meets 3x per week
Tu, We, Th
3pm - 3:30pm
Only one spot remaining

Next on Tue Jun 7

Meets 3x per week
Tu, We, Th
4:15pm - 4:45pm

Next on Tue Aug 2

Meets 3x per week
Tu, We, Th
4:15pm - 4:45pm

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Class Experience

Karen's reading class will cover phonics, Dolch sight words, fluency, picture clues and other comprehension strategies, basic language arts, computer skills, and social skills for young learners.  Capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling are covered in the context of learning to read and responding to stories. Social skills improve as children learn to wait, take turns, and communicate with their teacher and classmates. 
 I love empowering children by teaching them to read!  Reading opens a whole new world to children. I have been teaching pre-reading and reading skills for over 20 years in a variety of home and school settings, including successful virtual reading classes.  I have a collection of lesson plans and rich stories to delight any child while learning to read.  There's nothing like the look of satisfaction on a young reader's face after sounding out a difficult word, or reading a whole sentence independently for the very first time!  I would be honored to share those experiences with your child!
I'm recommending 30 minutes/day in addition to classes, as often as possible.  No homework is assigned, however, your child's reading will improve faster if someone reads to him/her every day, asking the child to take turns reading (or telling) parts of the story.  Ask your child a few questions about the story as you read and again at the end, to improve your child's comprehension.  A daily review of Dolch sight words will also help improve your child's reading skills.  Write 5 words as a list or make flashcards out of paper.  As one sight word is mastered, add a new word, and keep the mastered words in the daily practice to boost your child's confidence. 30 minutes/day of reading books and reviewing sight words will help your child greatly.  The more often children read, the faster they will make progress. 5 Dolch words/week can eventually become home "spelling lists" or "writing practice words."  I'm recommending 30 minutes/day in addition to classes, as often as possible.  
No materials required. Children are welcome to write words on paper or whiteboards as we learn, but it's not required. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.


Karen Childres, MEd
Lives in the United States
Multi-certified, professional teacher meets the individual needs of each learner in a fun, caring, 1:1 or small group classroom
60 total reviews
14 completed classes

About Me

Hello, my name is Karen. I live in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, USA. I am a career teacher who was promoted to grandmotherhood several years ago, a true joy!  I hold a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelor's Degree in English.... 
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