Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's reading session, the student read half of Chapter 4 of "Flat Stanley." This chapter is longer than the previous chapters, so we broke it up. While we read, I asked him questions about what was happening in the story, which he was usually able to answer correctly. Next, we did some sight word practice with flashcards. He only struggled with two out of 100 words. We worked on something new today as well. Sometimes if he is struggling to sound out a word, I help him out by saying "the "a" makes the long "a" sound, etc., but I noticed that he often mixed up the long and short vowel sounds. I reviewed what the difference was between the two sounds, then we did a worksheet I had, which gave him practice with words with silent "e" and long vowel sounds (ex. if you add a silent "e" to the end of "tap," the word is now "tape" and the "a" is a long "a" instead of a short one). We then used the whiteboards to practice writing and reading words with short and long vowel sounds (especially ones with "a," "e" and "i"). He could read most of the words I wrote (sometimes after a second try), but when I would ask if the vowel sound was long or short, he would usually answer incorrectly. I modeled some words for him and explained how I could tell if the vowel was long or short, then he practiced with some more words. At the end of the session, he did much better and was able to read the word, identify if the vowel sound was long or short, and tell me how he knew it was long or short."
"Session went well. We did some get-acquainted exercises and several reading and writing exercises. Although he is technically "on level" according to the latest tests, he is really on level by "a hair" and will benefit from the tutoring to help him move more solidly into a third grade reading level to keep him from falling behind as the year progresses and to maintain/increase his comprehension overall."
"The student has a test next week on a chapter in the book "Johnny Tremain." We started rereading the chapter aloud and discussing main points, vocabulary words, and characters' actions."