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Episode #14 – Building Confidence in Emergent Readers- Interview with Megan McNulty

This episode is SO GOOD! Today I have with me Megan McNulty. She is the founder of The Tiny Tutor, which is a home learning system developed by a tiny mama (She’s just over four feet 11 inches!) She guides parents on how to support their children’s early reading, writing, and math developments.

I have been following Megan on Instagram for quite some time now. I am so excited that she agreed to be on the podcast with me. She is a seasoned private tutor and certified educational specialist with over 20 years of experience. She has amazing ideas and so much energy. I’ve used her content with my students and my own children. I can’t wait for her to share with us a little bit about her educational background, because she has done an amazing job combining her passion for acting and education! You might have even seen her on the TV show This is Us!

She is going to give my listeners a special coupon code for 25% off! You can head over to The Tiny Tutor and use the CODE 25off to get 25% off boxes PLUS free shipping.  All the materials delivered to your door and then you get all of your tutorial links emailed to you when you order. You can start watching the videos when you’re waiting for your priority mail shipment to come!

Top Takeaways

  1. Take tiny steps over time to build to great results.
  2. Take the time to look at words in context.
  3. Point out easy words when they come up in books.
  4. Help your child learn that every letter has a name AND a sound.
  5. When your child shows interest in reading or writing, get ready to jump in! (but also get ready to be PATIENT!)

Here’s the Highlights

(2:13) Meet my guest, Megan! Find out about Megan’s educational backfround and her experience related to literacy!

(4:40) Find out how The Tiny Tutor began!

(7:56) TIP ALERT! What do you do if your child asks you how to spell a word?

(8:27) Parents! You are your child’s first teacher. Own that.

(9:22) Emergent Level Reading Materials! Megan explains the curriculum she’s created for children ages 2-5.

(14:36) Let’s talk about Sight Words!

(17:56) Slow Down! Tiny steps have big effects!

(18:20) TOP TIPS! Find out Megan’s top tips for building early reading competence for parents and for kids.

(24:15) STOP! When frustration sets in, stop and play or have a snack.

(26:30) How to start “creeping in” the learning.

(29:10) All learning is functional!

(30:45) Find out Megan’s all-time favorite children’s books!

(34:00) SPECIAL OFFER! Megan is offering listeners a special coupon code for 25% off! You can head over to The Tiny Tutor and use the CODE 25off to get 25% off boxes PLUS free shipping.

(35:37) My top takeaways from this episode!

Reading Resources and more!

Book Recommendations – For the Kiddos

Mo Willems Books

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise brown

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

Additional Tools and Resources

Tiny Tutor Curriculum – Tricks, tools & strategies for early reading & math development from a tiny mamma who’s also a seasoned private tutor.

For More from Megan and The Tiny Tutor

Check out The Tiny Tutor. And grab one of Megan’s fantastic resource boxes right here!

You can follow Megan on social media: Facebook and Instagram.

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About the Author Ashley DiMercurio