Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student began by telling me about the book she just finished with her reading group at school, "Lemonade War." Since she hasn't started a new book at school yet, we continued reading "Charlotte's Web" from where we left off last time. I asked her to pay attention to the "movie in her head," noticing the details that she sees, as she reads. After reading, I asked her to take as much time as she needed to think about what she imagined happening in the story, and then tell me what she had read. She remembered most of the plot, and was able to recount the events of the story in order. We then read the next few pages, and this time instead of her telling me what happened, I asked her to draw a "comic strip" about the story. In each square she drew a scene, adding the characters' dialogue in speech bubbles and what she imagined they were thinking in thought bubbles. As we talked about what was happening in each square, she identified things that she had added to the picture from her imagination as well as things that were actually in the text. We looked back at the text to check to see if what she had drawn was the same, and she made a few changes in her drawings to reflect that. Next time I will bring colored pencils for this activity. I will also be thinking about ways to boost her confidence in her reading skills."
"In this session, the student read the book "Three by the Sea." Because some of the words in this book were unfamiliar and cannot be read by sounding them out (ex. "sure"), for some parts of the book, I would read a few pages first, and then she would read the same pages back to me. Other times, I would have her read without me reading first. This method worked out very well, and she did a great job reading and sounding out words. Only occasionally did I have to remind her to look at the whole word or the end of the word to sound it out (not guess at the word based on the pictures or first letter in the word). Throughout the story, I paused to ask her questions (ex. What do you think will happen next? How could you tell the kids were scared? What do you think the cat will say his favorite food is? etc.) She always had very thoughtful predictions and responses to my questions, which showed me that her comprehension of the story was great. I thought the session went very well today."
"We completed 7 pages in the student's reading workbook. We worked on comprehension, and focused on paying attention to what we were reading to better understand. The student did great!"