Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We read from three different sources, one being Harry Potter, which the student is very interested in. This interest translates into better reading. We also did a reading progress chart today from a short story he had read. The purpose of the chart is to see how he makes his mistakes and what he can do to read the story better again next time. It also serves to track his progress."
"In today's lesson, the student read the book "Space Cats." Overall, she did very well reading this book and decoding the words. This book was probably the hardest book we worked with so far in our sessions, as it had some longer words (ex. creatures, suddenly, etc.) and many words with double consonants at the end and/or beginning of the word (ex. tank), silent "e" (ex. noodle), and words with other rules that first graders may not have been taught yet. She was doing pretty well sounding out the words on her own or with some help. About halfway through the book, I started a new approach: I read one page aloud while she listened and followed along, and then she would read the same page back to me. We continued this method until the very last page, which I had her read on her own, without me reading it first. I think this method worked for her, as she was able to have mini breaks between each page to just listen to the story. She still struggled a bit to sound out several words, but was almost always able to get them on her own after a few tries. I noticed that some words she had struggled with in previous sessions, she was able to read correctly this time, without a problem (ex. the words "they" and "these"). We finished the lesson going through a set of 54 sight words flash cards. She struggled with about 8 of these words, but went through the rest of them with no problem, which was much improved from previous sessions. I thought she did a great job today."
"The student started a new book today. I quickly set up his reading journal and we started with our reading strategies. The teacher provides a packet of questions and exercises the students must complete by set days each week. This new book is a middle school level book with lots of nuances. He, his mom, and I have worked out a reading plan and a strategy to make sure he is comprehending all the concepts."