Los Gatos, CA.
Nancy has been such a blessing for our family! Our kindergartener fell behind in school because of the pandemic so we hired Nancy to help him get up to speed with his class. Nancy was absolutely wonderful, patient and kind to our son. He looked forward to working with her twice a week and within a short time, he gained the confidence and knowledge he needed to be a better reader. We are so grateful for Nancy and how she worked with him. She quickly figured out he was a kinesthetic learner and used tactics to help him enjoy learning and reading! She gave him the boost of confidence he needed. His classroom teacher was amazed at how well he was participating and behaving in class! Thank you!
JK, Menlo Park, CA
My kindergartener's confidence and reading ability increased considerably while working online with Nancy for several months.
Taji T. Brown
With Nany's help our boys continued to make reading progress during online instruction during the pandemic. Our older son's fluency improved and our younger son continued to move up in reading levels.
Adriana and Steve Tonelli
San Jose, CA
June 1, 2020
We can’t say enough positive things about Nancy. She honestly rescued our daughter and, as a parent, we will forever be grateful. At 7 years old, our daughter was diagnosed with a vision issue that required intensive vision therapy. While therapy addressed her vision issues, we quickly discovered her condition had led to her getting extremely behind in school. By the time we found Nancy we had a 2nd grader who wasn’t able to read and was coming home crying almost daily out of sheer frustration. After one meeting (the initial diagnostic testing) we knew Nancy was the right fit for our daughter. She was patient and compassionate and my daughter instantly loved her. Nancy has now worked with our daughter for over a year. She has made a tremendous difference in our daughter’s confidence and her attitude towards reading and school in general. I love that Nancy knows when to give encouragement but is also consistently challenging our daughter to push herself and stay focused. We have been astounded at the progress our daughter has made in a year. We have been so pleased with Nancy and her ability to work with our daughter, we now have her working with our 6 year old son. I know that working with Nancy will ensure he has the foundation for a lifetime love of reading!
Angie H., Santa Cruz
Friday, December 6, 2019
Nancy began working with my daughter in September '19. She has shown marked improvement and confidence in reading in just a few short months. I am profoundly thankful for Nancy's committment, belief in my daughter and in the patience and flexibility that she's shown us. Nancy's lesson plans are personalized and very well organized. She takes time after each visit to summarize the session, go over expectations and answer any questions I may have. Her calm and encouraging demeanor are especially comforting for a child who is struggling in reading. I highly recommend Nancy to anyone who is looking to help their child overcome any reading challenge.
Sat, Jan 4, 7:15 PM
"My goal is keeping my son interested in reading and writing, as well as helping him to reach his full potential.When I googled, I found Nancy. It’s amazing that she keeps Lucas focused on class. She always has a lesson plan ready that give us a clear idea of what Lucas will be learning and what the assignments are. She is professional and expert on working with kids. Lucas improves rapidly with her help. I am very happy for the result. And I appreciate the flexible schedule." Fuli Li
S. G., Sunnyvale, CA
March 2, 2020
Nancy worked with our kindergartener for approximately two months. He was very enthusiastic about his lessons. We noticed a change in his interest in reading, as well as his confidence. He made significant progress in a very short time and we are happy to recommend Nancy.
I have over 25 years experience teaching in the primary grades and a Master's Degree in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. I currently hold Elementary Education and CLAD credentials in the State of California. I am also a certified Reading Recovery teacher. See below right.
I specialize in working with individual early learners who need extra support.
All lessons are conducted online (using Zoom); in my home office in San Jose or online.
When working with a student individually, I develop a plan following an extensive standardized assessment. I'll pinpoint what the student knows and what he or she finds hard about reading and writing.
My instruction builds on his or her strengths and is consistently adapted to make it easier for the child to learn.
Take-home books provided by instructor!
Learn about fun and engaging activities, designed with your child in mind.
Individual students can make significant progress in a very short time!
Please contact me to schedule an assessment for your child.
The assessment generally takes one to one-and-a-half hours.
See ASSESSMENTS below for details on what is included in the assessment.
Nancy Bilbao personally plans and teaches every lesson. Parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons and follow through by reading with their child at home, after receiving explicit suggestions from Nancy.
Every child is unique and learns at a different pace. You can expect, however, that your child will make from one-half to one year's progress within a three to five month period.
When working with one student, the cost is determined on a sliding scale, determined by frequency of lessons. Most students require meeting several times a week for a month or longer.
A written assessment will be emailed to parents.
The Observation Survey assessment includes six literacy tasks, all of which are necessary for describing a young child’s emerging reading and writing behaviors: For example, three of them are:
In addition, instructor determines student's instructional and independent text level; oral language development; phonetic and phonemic awareness, sight words known within text; written spelling word knowledge; known and unknown reading strategies used, writing strategies.
Assessement fee waived if student begins individualized program. However, if a lesson series is not decided upon, there will be a fee for the assessment. used, and affective filter.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
575 North 17th Street, San Jose, California 95112, United States
650-518-2132. It is BEST to text Nancy to set up a phone conference.
09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Students are successful because of the method I use to slowly build on what they know. This results in renewed confidence on the part of the students.