If you are new to tutoring, your nervousness can’t be anything compared to what this boy is experiencing! Remember, even children who aren’t newcomers and who do understand conversational English can be equally confused when it comes to academic language. Knowing that you care will make all the difference to your students. It will give them the confidence to let you know when they don’t understand, and it will give them the courage to persevere instead of giving up.
“Mano al Hermano has allowed me to experience the excitement of light bulb moments in the children I have tutored, to form relationships that have grown precious to me, and to expand my understanding of the Latino culture in the Outer Banks. I look forward to seeing the smiling faces of the two girls I tutor every week!” Rosemary
We will give you training, on-going support, and instructional tools. You don’t need to speak Spanish or even have teaching experience. Just an open heart and a willingness to dedicate one hour a week to a child who is eager to learn.
“I would strongly encourage anyone who has an open heart and the willingness to help others, to become part of our wonderful family literacy program. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it is almost impossible for me to believe that I have been doing this now for a few years. I have come to treat them as part of my family! Come and feel the love!” Dianne
Colorin Colorado – A bilingual site for educators and families of English Language Learners
More Than English – Resources and strategies for teaching language and content to English Language Learners (developed by a Mano al Hermano volunteer and former ESL teacher, Jessica Loose)
NewsELA – Nonfiction articles organized by grade level and reading skills (sign up for a free account)
Read Works – A reading comprehension site with resources organized by topic and ability level (sign up for a free account)
Khan Academy – Videos of a “real teacher” modeling math operations, organized by topic and grade level
The Measured Mom – Tools for teaching, including the BINGO game for practicing math facts (you need to access the site to print the game)
Spanish Dictionary – An online dictionary that can translate words and phrases accurately (not as accurate for longer sentences or passages)