Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued going over "Johnny Tremain" today--reading out loud, stopping to discuss plot points or vocabulary, and reviewing what we read for the day."
"The student and I began our session with some basic grammar exercises. Since I had previously focused on spelling and reading, I wanted to focus on her grasp of grammar. She worked on several sentences about simple subjects and predicates (which she had just learned in school). Although she had clearly not mastered the concept, she performed well on the assignment. I also further defined how to distinguish a verb, a noun, and a subject. Next, we worked briefly on writing. I gave her a prompt and asked her to perform a series of pre-writing activities, including unfettered brainstorming followed by organization. After we had finished, she said that she wanted to do that for her upcoming school essay. Finally, we finished the first hour with a review game of last week's homonym lesson. She showed marked improvement. In the second hour, we worked on reading. Specifically, we worked on C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The students answered a series of comprehension questions. We then discussed a variety of questions related to Lewis' characterizations and world building, and I shared some background information about the Battle of Britain. Finally, we watched a clip of the recent live-action movie and discussed the differences between the novel and its adaptation. Overall, the session was fun, informative, and productive."
"The student and I began the session by reading the book Hooray for Fly Guy. He did an amazing job. He made the appropriate pauses at punctuation marks and had great voice inflection. He was at to sound out right by the "ight" sound and then added the "r" to it. Next, we played the high frequency Uno game. He was able to read the words without hesitation - I plan to update the words in the game to words he missed from his list of high frequency words. Next, we practiced for his spelling test. He did a good job. After practice this week's spelling words, we reviewed his set of high frequency words. He was able to go through the list in 2 minutes and 54 seconds. We ended the session by completing his homework assignment, which was to turn singular nouns into plural nouns. He referred to the rules for the first half of the worksheet. However, he was able to complete the list six problems without referring to the rules."