Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First, the student and I began the session by reviewing the first grade high frequency words. There was still some hesitation but he was able to recall 91/100 words. Next week, we will play a sight word game with the 9 words he missed. Next, we completed his homework which was to write a paragraph about the similarities and differences between his and a friend's costumes at a costume party. I helped Indy to create a bubble map graphic organizer. I then asked him probing questions to add more detail to the paragraph. He had approximately 5-6 sentences. We ended the session by reading the kindergarten book assigned by his teacher. He is able to correct his mistakes when I ask him does the word have a short or long vowel. I believe that he could benefit from a lot of CVC and CVCE words work."
"The student is a super student, very agreeable and adorable. His mother wants him to be top-notch in his reading and math, but still wants him to enjoy the perks of public school. He loves school. He knows a lot of material for kinder; it may be because he is an older student or probably because his parents work with him. His mother will be getting the curriculum for his present school so we can just get started towards reaching the first grade level."
"Because he did not have any assignments, the student and I were able to do some reading practice. His host mom gave him a book from the "Speed Racer" series and we were able to go through a chapter. Overall, he is able to understand what the premise of the chapter is and we were able to go through and define specific words he had trouble with. I also used other examples to show how else he could use the words, depending on the context. His reading skill and pronunciation skill is great."
"The student turned in her essay for grading and we dove into I am Malala, discussing historical and political context and paying special attention to identifying Main Idea. This book will be a big challenge for her, but I am optimistic she will do well."
"The student and I read 3rd grade stories and he answered their questions. When he couldn't read a word we broke the word into syllables, pronounced each syllable then read the whole word. During the reading session we would pause to identify nouns, verbs, and adjectives, as we will continue working with the grammar. He enjoys his reading sessions, together."
"Today the student and I started a new writing activity. We first started by identifying topic sentences in pre-written paragraphs. Then we tried writing our own informative paragraphs with topic sentences based on topics he chose from a book he got from the library."