Specialist Structured Literacy Services

Do you or your child have difficulty with reading, writing, or spelling? Concerned that your child is falling behind? Are they having negative feelings towards learning?

The earlier your child gets help the more success they will experience.

Lessons help with

Phonological Awareness

Recognition of letter-sound correspondences.


 The process of reading.


Grammar, spelling and handwriting.


Ease while reading texts.


Understanding of texts that have been read.

Kia Ora, I’m Samantha!

Hi, I’m Samantha, and I am excited to be helping you reach your literacy goals!
I hold the following qualifications:

  • Credentialing in the Better Start Literacy Approach via the University of Canterbury. 
  • Training in the Little Learners Love Literacy programme
  • A Certificate in teaching English as a Foreign Language. 
I follow The Code, which is a Structured Literacy Approach. The Code is a systematic approach for teaching spelling across the school from Year 1 – Year 8. It includes the Phonological Assessment Screening Tool, a Scope and Sequence, Word Checks to place students on appropriate Year Groups, Progressions for each year level with lists that have an explanation/definition to support Explicit Teaching, a Lesson Sequence and supporting activities. This scope and sequence matches up with the Little Learners Love Literacy resources and approach. 
I draw on my experience running literacy groups as a Learning Assistant, and as an English as a Second Language teacher to support students to develop strong phonological and phonemic skills for reading and spelling. I am committed to training, up skilling and developing my tutoring skills, by actively attending professional development.
I provide lessons that:

  • are direct, explicit, cumulative, intensive and are structured and systematic. I focus on meaningfully taking speech to print. 
  • are cognitively and emotionally sound- students are experiencing success within every lesson.
  • use visual, auditory and kinesthetics-tactile pathways to enhance memory and learning of written language. 
  • reflect the current evidence based practices. 
I’m looking forward to working with you and your child!


Case history, observations, assessments, a discussion based on the findings during the session, and a detailed report.


If a full assessment is not required, this initial appointment will help the tutor to get an idea of your child’s literacy skills, so they can set appropriate tutoring goals.


60 Minute Tutoring Session $100
45 Minute Tutoring Session $80 
30 Minute Tutoring Session $60 
Group Sessions POA


Finding Literacy accepts referrals from parents, teachers, doctors and other specialists*

If you would like to make a referral or speak to a therapist, please reach out using the contact form or the details list below

*with parental consent