Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student had completed his homework and we discussed it. I then gave him the spelling words: field, weird, science, neighbor, receive. He only got field right. So I told him that we would come back to this again. We started with another rule: silent e helps a vowel say its name and had new words: rat, rate, hide, hid, cub, cube. He had heard of this rule before and understood it a lot better. We also were able to point out several in our reading today. Next, we did a Reading Comprehension exercise from a second grade level- The Color Green. He got 100% and had no issues at all with it. We then read Chapter 4 in "Ready, Freddy," and he did well. He missed a lot of the smaller words at the beginning, but when I started pointing out words for him to re-say, he started being more careful and getting more correct. I assigned Chapter 5 & 6 for Monday, but the book is due Tuesday, so I suggested he also read Chapter 7 since there are 8 chapters."
"The student and I began the session by reviewing the 1st grade high frequency word list he hesitated on the last session. Although he hesitated on a number of the words, he only missed 6 of approximately 50 words. He was able to sound the words out or self-correct. We then reviewed his high frequency flash cards from his teacher. Next, we completed his language arts homework, which was to write a story to his family about a place they should visit. He did well. He was able to sound out words to spell them. His story was a nice length- about six sentences I believe. To get him to write more, I asked him probing questions. After we completed the language arts homework, I read him a book aloud. We then read the second chapter of his book "The Best Seat in Second Grade." The book is a level 2. However, he persevered through. We ended the session by completing a handout on sorting short and long a vowel words. Based on the activity, he was then able to read other short and long a vowel words."
"Today we did some reading and worked on phonics skills. We started the session playing a sight word card game (the same one from last week but with different cards/words). After a round of the game, the student read me the book "Go Away, Dog!" She read it well. She had trouble with a few words at first, like "say," but was able to read them correctly later in the story when they appeared again, which was great. It was a 32-page book and I was impressed with her stamina and how well she read most of the words. After reading this book, we played a phonics card game I have, where she practices sounding out words by blending the beginning consonant with the word family (ex. "c" with "at" to make "cat") She did pretty well with this. The more we play/repeat the games, the easier I am sure she will recognize the words and be able to sound them out or say them by sight. We ended the lesson with a short rhyming game where I wrote a word family on a dry erase board "ex. "at") and told her to write a beginning letter to make a word "ex. "m" to make "mat." I then asked her to think of words that rhymed with "mat" and to write them (like "pat" and "cat"). After playing with the "at" word family, we did the same thing with the "ad" word family. She was able to come up with and properly write 5 words for each word family. The session went very well and she kept a positive attitude about working through everything."
"During our session, we went over comprehension questions for our chapter book we have been working on. We preread questions so we knew what to look for as we read. We also read for fluency and made sure to restate the question in our answers."
"Today, the student and I prepared for his test this week. We read the Reading Street passage, and then we went over the questions that went with it. After that, he wrote a letter. Although he had a little bit of trouble, in the end, he had a pretty good letter."
"We started our session by finishing our segment on neighborhoods and giving directions. We reviewed numbers in the form of first, second, third, etc., as well as reviewing simple past, simple present, present continuous, and future. Next week, we will be moving on to discussing health."