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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • Avatar Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Avatar Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Avatar T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Avatar Jackie Vasquez ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Excellent services, caring therapists.
  • Avatar Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Avatar Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Avatar Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Avatar Chris duke Fields ★★★★★ a month ago
    The company is great with outstanding customer service. They keep my horses protected. I have recommended them to other horses trainers as well that are going to get service early next year. Very professional an honest too. Respectfully … More submitted Christopher
  • Avatar Nikhil Jaisinghani ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Ron and Ken did a fantastic job with our security system today. Installed everything very quick. Both of them were very polite and asked us throughout if the installation met our needs. Simply fantastic!
  • Avatar Linda Parsley ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I called Cornerstone Protection to get a Security system at a relatives out of state property, within a week it was installed! The installers worked with the client to help understand her new system and she was happy! Our relative said … More they were courteous, professional and patient! I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection for all of your security needs!
  • Avatar Amanda Clay Mackin ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Had blink cameras; Car was broken into multiple times so I called CornerStone & they were able to install multiple cameras very quickly & for a reasonable price. I am so happy with the app & getting alerts that are not superfluous, … More like they were with Blink. Highly recommend CornerStone & the tech Ronnie.
  • Avatar Pete Peters ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Ron and Ken are great guys to work with.
    Both were very knowledgeable and got our system back up and running.
    Thanks to both for a job well done...
  • Avatar Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Avatar Larry Barton ★★★★★ a year ago
    Amazing assistance provided by Shannon today on my security system. I’m so grateful for your prompt, efficient, professional, and courteous service. Put me down as a customer for life!
  • Avatar Megan Haller ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    One of the most painless experiences I've had. They came on time and was over the moon professional with still keeping a level of personability to it. The gentleman also went out of his way to say that my husband and Mines business … More was appreciated. Which is actually rare to be appreciated by such a great company. So thank you and we look forward to continuing services with this company.
  • Avatar Megan Magsam ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I am so happy we decided to go with cornerstone. They were quick and efficient. Shannon and the installer we very friendly. We got a lot of equipment and it was still within our budget. 10/10 would definitely recommend! Thank you
  • Avatar Collins Youngblood ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love the customer service and Shanon and his team go above and beyond for my restaurant. Couldn't of asked for a better security system and level of service that his team provides.
  • Avatar kanu patel ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I have been using Cornerstone Protection service for over 5 years and I'm really happy with the service and state-of-the-art equipments and it's futures are so much in advance and friendly, I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection … More Service any and all business that need a security protection days and nights specially after business hours(Cornerstone Protection is perfect solution for your business). Owner of Cornerstone Protection is proactive with their customers and their equipments. Good experienced with Cornerstone Protection!!!
    Kanu Patel
  • Avatar Liz Jones ★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a very positive experience with Alissa as a tutor for our pod of 5th grade boys from January - June 2020. She cared a lot about the boys and worked hard to create meaningful activities for them. The pod experience was invaluable … More for all of our families during a difficult year and we were so grateful to have found this partnership! We also want to appreciate Craig for helping to match us with a tutor on very short notice after we had cycled through a few folks who were not able to see the commitment through. Thanks for sticking with us!
  • Avatar S CL ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Dusty was the exact person we needed to help our child finish out the school year. So grateful to him for the way he steadily encouraged her and helped her stay on track and organized. He is flexible, responsive to our needs/schedule as … More a family, and a delight to be with. We are also thankful that Craig at Themba Tutors really "gets it" and partnered us with such a wonderful tutor who was a great fit for our girl.
  • Avatar Nicole May ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My child worked with Gillian D virtually for math enrichment. She is an excellent teacher. She took time to understand my child's specific learning style and provided tools that would be engaging. She was kind and empathetic- really … More made it her goal to connect with my child and build trust and rapport. My child started the school year with confidence and without the typically "brain-drain" that occurs over the summer, thanks to Gillian.
  • Avatar Gillian Davidoff ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I am going into my second year as a Themba tutor. I have met so many great individuals while working for this company. Craig and the rest of the Themba team do such an excellent job picking and choosing Themba tutors that suit each client's … More individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!
  • Avatar carolina luttmann ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Our son started in a new high school, 100% remote, and was really struggling with Latin and Physics. I found Themba Tudors online and had an initial call with Craig, who was very knowledgeable, responsive, and found 2 amazing tutors for … More us. Both the Latin and the physics tutors were fantastic, connected with my son really well and helped him go from 'failing' grade to 'honors'! I will for sure continue using (and recommending!) Themba Tutors. Thank you, C, K, and W!
  • Avatar Eric Fingerman ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • Avatar Susan Wong ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Giulia Mercuri is a great Italian tutor! She was very responsive and accessible. Giulia put a ton of effort into preparing for each session and really helped our son with test preparation and projects. We are grateful that she was able … More to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!
  • Avatar Christine Gennetti ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    As an adult student diagnosed with a learning disability during grad school, I knew I needed help dealing with my Master's program's demanding workload. I was seriously considering dropping out when I was referred to Themba Tutors. … More I was paired up with a wonderful tutor, Julie, who was a total lifesaver. I learned many techniques that I can utilize in the future as I embark on the next phase of my career.
    I can wholeheartedly say after working with Themba for two years that I would not have finished my program without this organization. And I am so thankful I selected them.
  • Avatar Fabiola FITZPATRICK ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were introduced to a wonderful tutor: Mcedwyn. He and our son, a freshman in college, worked well together. As a result, our son’s grades significantly improved. The tutor taught our son subject content and various methods to effectively … More study for quizzes and exams. Our son was also taught time management and organization. My son’s experience with the tutor made the first year of college a less intimidating experience.
  • Avatar Jude Eugene ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We have been with our tutor, Cailin Schiller, for two years, from 5th - 7th grade. She started as an executive functioning tutor with my daughter. From the start, she demonstrated a depth of expertise and a selective use of techniques skillfully … More adapted to my daughter’s ADHD and Math disability. Cailin made Math accessible and understandable to her in a way that even her teachers had not been able to do. She differentiated reading, writing and math tasks and assignments to tailor them to my daughter’s unique learning differences. Not only did it have an effect on her grades and her work efficiency, but she finally could do her work with less anxiety. Even my daughter’s teachers used Cailin’s guidance to modify their work with her. But most importantly, she became my daughter’s favorite resource. I can’t say how invaluable Cailin has been to my daughter’s progress and well-being. I’d recommend her a million times over. She is a gem.
  • Avatar Janice Eidus ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Victoria is a superb tutor. She helped my high school age daughter with her writing. Victoria's skills as a tutor, as well as her sense of humor and her engaging personality went a long way with my daughter.
  • A Google User ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Fara Jones ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Themba Tutors provided a leaning specialist that was a perfect fit for my daughter. I told them what we were looking for and they delivered. Our tutor is responsive and flexible and makes it easy for my daughter to reach out to her own … More her own, which gives her an added sense of responsibility over her learning. As a therapist myself, I now regularly recommend Themba to my patients. A much needed and well provided service to the community!!
  • Avatar Frances Simpson ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Mary Jean Babic ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Nina Herman ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We had a wonderful experience with our tutor Micaela. She helped our son not only academically but at every level. We will be forever grateful to have her in our lives.
  • Avatar Frances ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Michael Birnbaum ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Paul Smith at Themba has been an exceptional tutor for my son, both in terms of teaching the subject matter and teaching how best to approach the process of learning math and executing assignments. We feel very fortunate to be working with … More Paul.
  • Avatar Monica Alzate ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    We were very lucky to have found Edwouine Swift, my son's therapist through Themba Tutors. Thomas is 12 years old, and it is extremely difficult to get him to write. Edwouine just works her magic with him, he adores her and is so … More eager to follow her guidance. I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.

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Podcast Episode 13

Academy Award Winner Peggy Stern Discusses SuperDville, A Media Channel For Students 7-12 Years Of Age With Dyslexia And Learning Issues.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peggy Stern,  who struggled with dyslexia as a child, discusses how she created SuperDville, a video-based social-emotional learning curriculum for students 7-12 years of age with dyslexia and learning differences. All subscriptions are currently free to support communities through the pandemic. The SuperDville curriculum was developed by seminal researchers, therapists, educators, and star students learning differences. Educators and parents worldwide are using these fun educational videos with students to support in-person and remote learning. Each video lesson contains a scaffolded activity to promote social-emotional themes and discussions.  Please take advantage of this free subscription while it lasts!

Podcast Episode 14

Literacy And The Brain: What You Need To Know.

Dr. Jan Wasowicz is an ASHA-certified, IL-licensed, and FL-licensed speech-language pathologist with 35+ years of experience as a language, literacy, and learning specialist working with students who have language-based reading writing, and spelling difficulties and disorders. She has taught numerous university-level courses and is frequently invited to speak about best literacy assessment and instruction practices at professional conferences. She is also the inventor of the Earobics® software, author of SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing, and lead moderator of the SPELLTalk professional listserv. She is here to speak about her favorite topic, literacy! Learn about the updated science of literacy, how the Colorado READ Act adopted her word study program, and Dr. Wasowicz’s favorite literacy tips to help students become more proficient readers and writers.

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What Is Reading?

Reading comprises several processes, including decoding, fluency, and comprehension. They are vital to the learning and development of all students. These 12 must-try literacy apps of 2023 can help boost reading and writing skills. Here is a simple guide to learning foundational reading skills.

Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards

What Is Phonological Awareness?


Developing reading skills begin with phonological awareness involves recognizing the sounds of words. Generally, words are divided into both sounds and syllables, represented as graphemes (the smallest meaning unit during a writing system). Learn what is structured literacy.


With proper phonological awareness, a child can pay attention to speech sounds and understand how these sounds translate into print, where there is a one-to-one correspondence to the sound and grapheme. As a toddler learns phonics and sight words (print patterns that don’t follow the rules and must be memorized), they build literacy inspiration. Learn how early literacy benefits from both print-to-speech and speech-to-print instruction, creating connections in the brain that link new knowledge about the alphabet to what children already know and are continuously learning about words.


What Is Decoding?


Once children learn to read basic phonics, sight words, word families, syllable constructions, and morphology (stems, root words, suffixes, etc.), learning more complex phonics patterns and additional sight words are the next steps in cracking the code. Understanding and practicing the connection between letter and sound is vital in decoding words. As a child’s reading skills improve, his or her understanding of the unit of sounds in a language also grows (graphemes, morphemes, and phonemes). The child begins reading automatically, opening the path to reading comprehension and, therefore, the next learning stages.


What Is Reading Comprehension?


Several complex and interconnected processes make it possible for us to develop our reading skills. Known as the five pillars of literacy or reading, these essential elements are phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary or language development, and comprehension. Comprehension is the end-goal of reading. Put simply, reading comprehension is one’s ability to process text, understand and interpret its meaning, and apply what the reader already knows. Learn the component skills of reading using a Direct and Indirect Effect Model of Reading (DIER).


But before a student arrives at comprehension, he or she must first develop phonological recognition, reading fluency and knowledge of the language, understand the connection between sounds and letters, and have acquired a robust vocabulary. Cognitive processes are also crucial in reading comprehension, as one is required to make inferences and connections, understand the motivations of characters, and be able to solve problems. Discover proven strategies to improve reading comprehension and fluency in kids with attentional difficulties.


Read Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong (host: Emily Hanford), and watch Blame It On Gutenberg, a powerful film “about the evolving science of dyslexia, dueling theories of how to teach reading, and one family’s landmark struggle with an unresponsive school system.

How to Teach Children the Alphabet?

Learning the alphabet or letter recognition is your child’s first step towards mastering reading and writing. But sometimes, teaching such an important skill can be a confusing process for parents. Do you start with the letter names or letter sounds first? Is there a particular way children should learn their ABCs? And how do you make sure you are laying down the right literacy foundation for your little one? Dr. Jan Wasowicz, a speech-language pathologist, gives us insight into teaching young children the alphabet.

What Are the Techniques in Reading?

Reading techniques help students accomplish different reading goals. The four main types of reading techniques are:


  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Intensive
  • Extensive


What Is Skimming?


Sometimes, you need to go over material in a short amount of time. Perhaps you’re looking for a particular news article in an archive with hundreds of other materials. This is where skimming comes in. Skimming is a type of reading technique where you are mainly trying to grasp the gist or main idea of a text. As such, your understanding and comprehension of the whole text will not be substantial.


Skimming is a time-saving technique, but you must not rely on it to process the content of any textual work. However, skimming is a useful reading strategy if you want to preview a text to decide if it is the material you are looking for or have an idea what the text is about. Here is how you can effectively skim a reading material you might be interested in:


  • Read the table of contents.
  • Look at the subheadings in each chapter.
  • Read the first paragraph in the first few sections.
  • Keep an eye for words or sentences that are highlighted, in bold, or in italics.
  • Go over the chapter summary if there is one.
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What Is Scanning?


Scanning is a reading technique wherein one quickly goes over a text to look for a specific information instead of trying to get the idea or absorb all of its content. When you’re scanning a material, you are typically guided by a question you have in mind and are keeping an eye for keywords that are related to the information you are looking for.


Here are some tip on how to scan text effectively:


  • Have a clear idea of the information you are looking for and related keywords.
  • Picture how the answer might appear in the text. If you’re looking for statistical data, for example, then you can focus your scanning on sections that has numbers, charts, or graphs.
  • Read the headings to quickly head to the section where you might find the information you need.
  • Prioritize scanning the abstract, introduction, and conclusion of the text.


What Is Intensive Reading?


When you read intensively, you do so with the intention of completely understanding and absorbing as much of the text as possible. This involves looking up definition of unfamiliar words or phrases, verifying pertinent information you come across with, and double-checking facts. Hence, intensive reading requires the reader to focus and commit to the material.


Intensive reading helps students widen their vocabulary, deduce meaning by understanding context, and expand their knowledge base. But because it requires great effort, it can be easy for the reader to get bored, especially if the text is not something he or she is particularly interested in. One technique to ensure you don’t feel burned out is to include intervals or breaks and read only for brief periods.


What Is Extensive Reading


If you like reading novels or collections of short stories, you’re often allotting a portion of your day to read and intend to finish as many pages as possible within that time period. This is called extensive reading. Reading extensively means you are not overly concerned with understanding every tiny detail of the text or need to go out of your way to look up unfamiliar words. And because extensive reading involves reading for pleasure, it is likely that you are choosing text that are at an appropriate level. Hence, any unknown words or phrases you encounter can often be understood or deciphered by simply using context.


Unlike intensive reading, extensive reading does not require you to exert too much effort or demand your full concentration because it is meant to be done for fun and enjoyment.

How Can Reading Tutoring Help Your Child Achieve Academic Success?


When students struggle with reading, the impact extends beyond the classroom. Whether your child is in elementary, middle school, high school, or college, problems with reading can lead to stressful homework sessions, low self-confidence, and affect their social interactions. It is even more challenging for students coping with learning differences, such as dyslexia. While plenty of children learn to read at their grade level without much hurdles, some students require extra attention and assistance from a reading tutor.


At Themba Tutors, our reading tutors tаilоr reading tutoring lessons to your сhild’ѕ nееdѕ. We are all for collaboration, and our reading tutors would be happy to be your partner in identifying and addressing areas that need to be reinforced or strengthened. This way, our reading tutor can help your child develop the right skills and confidence to succeed in school.


With reading tutoring, your child will:


  • Receive the right help and attention he or she needs
  • Receive customized reading instruction to address strengths and weaknesses
  • Gain a stronger reading foundation
  • Hone the right reading skills for academic success
  • Enjoy fun yet challenging reading exercises
  • Learn reading techniques and strategies appropriate for his or her grade level


Our reading tutor will assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses and identify key areas that need to be reinforced—whether it’s phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading fluency, or comprehension. This is crucial as some children may need extra help in one area compared to the rest.


Using a multisensory approach, our reading tutor will customize reading instruction to ensure they stay motivated and engaged. Aside from providing reading tutoring and instruction, our reading tutor will also regularly track your child’s progress and provide feedback to make sure your child continues to improve his or her reading comprehension, decoding, and reading fluency skills.


Our reading tutors are invested in driving your child to achieve academic success. If your child is facing challenges, you can help him or her overcome these hurdles with individualized reading tutoring. We at Themba Tutors would be glad to offer our support to help students achieve success in school. We can start our reading tutoring for your child as soon as you want.

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Students of all ages receive one-on-one tutoring in all instructional materials, test preparation, and executive function coaching as required. At Themba Tutors, we take the time to help students/clients understand their strengths and progress in areas where they need to improve. We offer personalized tools for each of our clients to help them become more aware of their individual needs as they work towards short-term goals. Improving these skills will benefit our students’/clients’ long-term plans.

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We’ve been so happy to have Themba’s wonderful tutor, Jill, working with our daughter on her reading and spelling, helping her become more efficient and recognize and remember spelling rules. Jill’s warmth and attentiveness have made it possible for my daughter to connect with her despite the fact that these sessions have been entirely virtual. I get copies of the spelling rules so I can reinforce them at home, as well as some interactive tools to help my daughter build on what she’s been learning. Themba has helped us a ton!



Jacob was an incredible help to our son when he tutored him in writing and reading comprehension in elementary and middle school. Jacob was patient and came up with creative, well-informed approaches. Our son connected with Jacob and benefited greatly from their sessions. Jacob also collaborated with our son’s school and often shared updates and insights with us. We are very grateful for all of Jacob’s support!


-J & C       

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a reading disability?

reading disability is a condition in which a sufferer displays difficulty reading. Examples of reading disabilities include developmental dyslexia, alexia, and hyperlexia