Tutoring Services from Cindy Downes
Classroom Tutoring at Cornerstone Tutorial Center
I am tutoring the following classes at Cornerstone Tutorial Center in 2013-2014. For information or to Register, see the Cornerstone Tutorial Center website. Registration will be available in June and August.
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 weeks. Topics covered include cellular function, DNA, classification, genetics, evolutionary theory, ecology, and organisms from Kingdom Monera, Protista, Fungi, Animalia, and Plantae. 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. Supply fee covers handouts, consumable lab supplies and dissection specimens. Biology FLIER. Biology SYLLABUS.
Kids Can Write / Oklahoma History (Thur. 12:05-1:25pm) Gr. 3-6: Semester 1 is a "First Writing Class" for students who have learned to write in both manuscript and cursive. The goal of the class is to take the fear out of writing. Students will create their own autobiography using photos and short texts, make pop-up books in a variety of subjects, and participate in a variety of hands-on activities that encourage writing. In Semester 2, students will use the writing skills they learned to create an Oklahoma History Notebook. Students will be introduced to the history, geography, economics, people, places, plants, animals, and important events of Oklahoma using all learning styles. During class, they will hear stories about Oklahoma, watch videos, listen to songs, cook recipes, create a timeline of events, complete worksheets, and participate in hands-on activities that will make learning FUN! At the end of the semester, the students will take home a notebook of worksheets and photos of projects completed that illustrates what they learned about Oklahoma History. Supply fee includes all in-class project supplies, all handouts, and a subscription to Oklahoma History Online. Parents are responsible for supplies used for projects done at-home. (Note: Oklahoma History is a required subject, currently being taught in 3rd grade in the public schools. Homeschoolers can take it anytime during their elementary years.). Download Kids Can Write and Oklahoma History FLIER. SYLLABUS.
Crime Scene Investigators / Electronics for Kids (Thur. 1:30-2:50 pm) Gr. 3-6: Semester I will introduce kids to the world of forensic science and law enforcement. Using fun, hands-on activities students will learn how police investigate crimes, collect evidence, and catch those crooks! Students will "solve" crimes by comparing fingerprints to catch a thief, unscrambling a coded message to stop a spy, analyzing handwriting to check for forgery, investigating soil samples to help a farmer, and identifying leaves to find a truck involved in a car accident. And that’s just the beginning. Each week, there will be a new crime to solve! Semester II will introduce kids to the world of electricity. Using hands-on projects, students will learn how electricity works, how it's made, how it travels, and how it's used in communications. Students will build circuits, a Morse code transmitter, a steady-hand game, and other fun projects that explore electronics. Supply fee covers all in-class project supplies and handouts. Parents are responsible for supplies used for projects done at-home. Download Crime Scene Investigators and Electronics FLIER. SYLLABUS.
Beginning Composition (Thur. 9:55-11:15am); Gr. 7-9: Beginning Composition is an introductory writing class for students who are just learning to write reports and essays OR who would like extra practice. Students will learn sentence and paragraph structure, outlining, and how to write the five-paragraph essay. Projects will include personal narratives, descriptive essays, expository essays, persuasive essays, and report writing for academic subjects. To encourage the students that writing can be fun, class activities may include an occasional "Wacky Research Report." During class, students will participate in hands-on activities to increase their vocabulary and grammar skills, brainstorm ideas, and practice specific writing techniques. Although the emphasis of this class is writing, the students will also work through 180 Daily Teaching Lessons, Gr. 8 (both in class and at home) as a review of grammar. This course will prepare students for Intermediate Composition. Supply fee includes handouts. Download Beginning Composition FLIER. SYLLABUS.
Intermediate Composition (Tues. 9:55-11:15am); Gr. 9-12: Intermediate Composition is a continuation of Beginning Composition and prepares students for Advanced Composition. Projects will include reports and essays in the form of personal narratives, descriptive essays, expository essays, persuasive essays, and report writing for academic subjects. These projects will be longer and more advanced than those in Beginning Composition. During class, students will participate in hands-on activities to increase their vocabulary and grammar skills, brainstorm ideas, and practice specific writing techniques. Although the emphasis of this class is writing, the students will also work through 180 Daily Teaching Lessons, Gr. 12 (both in class and at home) as a review of grammar. Supply fees includes handouts.. Download.Intermediate Comp FLIER. SYLLABUS.
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Private Tutoring by Cindy Downes in the Broken Arrow/Tulsa Area
Private Tutoring in Summer only. Available subjects:
Instruction is in my home in Broken Arrow. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, name and age of student, tutoring needs, phone number and time to call.
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!
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.
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