Tutoring Services from Cindy Downes

Cindy Downes homeschooled her children from PreK-12th grade. After her children graduated, she returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University. She tutors students in grades 3-12 privately in the summer and at Cornerstone Tutorial Center during the school year.

Private Tutoring in the Broken Arrow/Tulsa Area

Private Tutoring in Summer only. Available subjects:

  • English Grammar and Composition, Grades 3-12
  • Math - Elementary through Algebra I
  • Other elementary subjects as needed
  • Magazine Writing/Creative Nonfiction
  • Content Writing for Website and Social Media
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Oklahoma History

Instruction is in my home in Broken Arrow. Cost is $25/hour or $15/half hour. I will travel, but travel time will be added. You may schedule one hour per week or as many hours as needed.Contact me at cindy@me.com with your name, name and age of student, tutoring needs, phone number and time to call.

Tutoring at Cornerstone Tutorial Center (2014-2015)

Cornerstone Tutorial Center offers homeschool families a variety of high-quality academic and elective classes for grades 3 through 12. Classes are offered "a la carte," which means that families choose one more classes that fit the needs of their students. Depending on the classes chosen, students attend class one or two times per week and parents then supervise work that needs to be completed on the other days of the week. For tuition costs, more information or to register, see the Cornerstone Tutorial Center website. Registration is available in June and August.

Cindy is tutoring the following classes at CTC in 2014-2015:

Biology (Tues & Thur. 8:30-9:55 am); Gr. 9-12. Exploring Creation with Biology is a Christian-based, rigorous, college preparatory course in Biology that will cover most of the textbook at a rate of one module every two-three weeks. Topics covered include cellular function, DNA, classification, genetics, creation vs. evolutionary theory, ecology, and organisms from Kingdom Monera, Protista, Fungi, and Animalia. Because the course is difficult and not all children learn the same, the material is presented in a variety of learning styles including PowerPoint presentations, videos, lectures, hands-on activities, labs and worksheets. This will ensure the success of every student who does the required homework. Grades are based on class participation, labs, homework, and test scores. This will fulfill one year of high school Biology. Class size is limited to 16.

Elementary Science (Tues. 12:05-1:25pm) Gr. 3-5: Students will be introduced to the amazing world of science through fun hands-on activities, messy lab experiments, thought-provoking videos, and occasional worksheets. Topics covered include: Physical Science (classification, matter, physical properties, force and energy, electricity, heat, light, sound, simple machines), Earth and Space Science (earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, weather, solar system), and Life Science (animals, plants, habitats, food chains, conservation, health, safety, nutrition). There will be some homework. This class will fulfill requirements for one year of elementary science, including conservation, health, safety and nutrition. Class size is limited to eight (8).

Elementary OK History/U.S. Geography (Tues. 1:30-2:50pm) Gr. 3-5: Students will be introduced to the history, geography, economics, people, places, plants, animals, and important events of Oklahoma during the first semester. They will complete an Oklahoma Notebook and participate in a variety of hands-on activities that reinforce the lessons. During the second semester, students will learn about the geography of the U.S. using hands-on projects, classroom activities, and worksheets. Topics covered include: mapping skills, major landforms, major rivers, vegetation, climate, natural resources, states, capitals, major cities, national monuments, and landmarks. There will be some homework both semesters. This will fulfill elementary Oklahoma History and U.S. Geography requirements. Class size is limited to eight (8).

Elementary Composition (Thursdays, 1:30-2:50pm) Gr. 3-5: Elementary Composition is designed to teach kids that writing can be fun! Students will participate in a variety of fun, hands-on activities that inspire them to write. They will cut, stamp, color, and paste, as well as fly airplanes, build robots, and taste food items in the process of creating short compositions. (Please let tutor know of food allergies.) Grammar will be taught in the context of the student’s writing and with occasional worksheets. There will be some homework. This will fulfill composition and grammar requirements for one year of elementary English. Class size is limited to eight (8).

Junior High Composition (Thursdays, 12:05-1:25pm) Gr. 6-8: Junior High Composition is a continuation of Elementary Composition and designed to prepare students for high school composition, specifically Composition I. Students will practice sentence and paragraph writing in both fiction and nonfiction, as well as review grammar and mechanics in the context of their writing. Compositions will be up to one page in length. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of English. There will be homework. Class size is limited to 16.

Composition I (Tues. 9:55-11:15am); Gr. 7-9: Composition I is a continuation of Junior High Composition and a prerequisite to Composition II. Students will review sentence and paragraph structure before moving on to writing one to two-page compositions. Writing projects include a memoir, a news story, a travel guide/product review, an academic report, a short piece of fiction, and a five-paragraph persuasive essay. During class, students will participate in journal writing, practice specific writing techniques, and review grammar skills in the context of their writing. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English. There will be homework. Class size is limited to 16.

Composition II (Thurs. 9:55-11:15am); Gr. 8-10: Composition II is a continuation of Composition I and a prerequisite to Composition III. The emphasis of this class is on the five-paragraph essay. Students will learn and practice the skills needed to choose a topic, write a thesis statement, organize an essay, and add supporting documentation. MLA style will be introduced. During class, students will participate in journal writing, practice specific writing techniques, and review grammar and mechanics in the context of their writing. Compositions will be two-four pages in length. There will be homework. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English. Class size is limited to 16.

Tutoring Services from Shelly Downes

Shelly is Cindy's daughter and was homeschooled from PreK-12th grade. She earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degree in English at Northeastern State University. She is an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College, as well as a tutor in English at Cornerstone Tutorial Center and C.H.E.E.R.

Elementary Ancient World History (Tues. 9:55am); Gr. 3-5.Elementary Ancient World History will introduce students to the culture, government, geography, economics, and significant historical events of Ancient Egypt, Rome, Israel, Greece, Japan, South America, China, and the Middle East. Students will participate in hands-on projects, write a short report, and give an oral report in class, as well as analyze charts, graphs, and primary documents. The final project will be a world history notebook that includes a timeline, maps, and worksheets. Most of the work will be done in class; however, there will be some homework. This will fulfill the requirements for one year of elementary world history.

Composition III (Tues. 1:30-2:50pm); Gr. 9-11. This class is designed to prepare students for advanced writing, specifically how to identify, analyze, and respond to an argument by reading, annotating text, and writing about assigned stories and articles. They will also review concepts such as concise writing, revisions, sentence variety, and MLA formatting. Since the class is a continuation of Composition II, students will be expected to have mastered basic grammar and essay writing. Although no textbook is required, the purchase of The Little, Brown Handbook is recommended. During class, students will take part in activities such as in-class writing, small discussion groups, peer evaluations, and class discussion over readings. In addition to several shorter writing assignments, students will write two 4-page essays. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English and will prepare students for Composition IV. .

Composition IV (Tues. 8:30-9:50am); Gr. 10-12. This class is designed to prepare students for college writing, specifically research papers. The research paper process will include: choosing a topic, developing an outline, describing the issue, explaining the student’s position on the issue, locating and presenting evidence from reliable sources, summarizing and refuting opposing arguments to the issue, summarizing sources, creating an annotated bibliography, and formatting the paper in MLA style. Since the class is a continuation of Composition III, students will be expected to have mastered basic grammar, analyzing texts, and essay writing. The purchase of The Little, Brown Handbook is recommended. During class, students will take part in activities such as in-class writing, small discussion groups, peer evaluations, and class discussion over readings. Since this is a research-based class, the student must have access to a library outside of regular class meetings. During the school year, students will complete two research papers and several shorter writing assignments. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English and will prepare students for a college Composition I class.

Creative Fiction Writing (Tues. 12:05-1:25pm); Gr. 9-12. This class is designed to cover several genres of story writing: General & Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. Using both reading and writing as tools for the learning process, the student will be taught how to tell one genre from another and the “rules” for each genre. The students will learn about the Hero’s Journey and be expected to identify the different phases of the Hero’s Journey. Along with quizzes over the assigned readings, students will be expected to be ready to discuss the key aspect of each novel. One three-page story will be due at the end of each quarter, written in the style of the genre discussed that quarter.Instruction in basic grammar and composition will not be part of the curriculum. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English.

British Literature (Tues. 1:30-2:50pm); Gr. 9-12. This class is designed to introduce various works of British literature from the early Middle Ages through the 20th Century. Using both reading and writing as tools for the learning process, the student will read and analyze selected texts from several historical periods. The students will learn about significant literary works and authors such as: Beowulf, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the plays and poems of Shakespeare, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Jane Austin, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, and T.S. Eliot, as well as various British historical religious and political texts. Along with taking quizzes over the assigned readings, students will also be expected discuss the main aspect of each reading. Students will write several short essays in addition to two 3-page essays. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English.

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Testimonials from Clients:

Cindy Downes has been wonderful asset to our kids education. Our daughter Katie was hesitant about enrolling in Biology last year but soon realized that Mrs. Downes was a very fun and committed teacher who understood all styles of learning. Our daughter also took Marketing and Beginning Composition with Cindy last year. Because of a great experience she had, our daughter wanted to take more classes from Mrs. Downes and is now studying Intermediate Composition. Mrs. Downes is able to see what each student is capable of and encourages them to do their best. She somehow draws out each students' strengths that even they didn't know they had. Cindy is an encouragement to our family and is a shining star in the homeschool world. Thank you Mrs. Downes! ~ Wendie Oestmann, Yale, OK

Cindy was like a ray of sunshine that my daughter really needed to see! Cindy gave my daughter the confidence and positive attitude that really helped my daughter realize that she could be a good reader! Camy also looked forward to meeting with Mrs. Cindy and getting a new letter from "Manda Panda". Tutoring with Cindy was a great experience and I will go to her first when ever we need tutoring again!
~ Lauren Burns, Jenks, OK

If your child is struggling or falling behind in school, I highly recommend tutoring with Mrs. Cindy for your child. My daughter fell behind in math and did not pass the state mandated EOI Algebra I test. We started tutoring over the summer and in four short months my daughter retook the EOI test and not only passed, but got a 93%!!! I can honestly say that this would not have happened without tutoring from Mrs. Cindy.
~ Michelle Tennant, Broken Arrow, OK

 

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