Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began the session by playing a quick game of Uno. We then reviewed his homework which was to fill in the blank with the high frequency word that made the sentence make sense. I did not need to help him with selecting the words. He did a pretty good job reading the sentences. Next, he had to copy sentences and then underline the pronoun. Once I assisted the student with the first two, he was able to complete the remaining four. The student's next homework assignment was to replace nouns in sentences with the appropriate pronouns. After completing his homework, we played a phonics board game. He struggled to read some of the words by attempting to pronounce both vowels. However, he improved as the game went on. We then practiced his spelling words for the week. Next, we read the reading passage "Kite Flying". He reached word 48 in one minute, and took 3 minutes and 7 seconds to complete the passage. We ended the session by reviewing the student's lists of high frequency words. It took the student 3 minutes and 5 seconds to read the new list of words, and 1 minute and 50 seconds to read his old list."
"During today's session, the student read two books: "Tiny Goes Camping," and "Pizza Party." She did well sounding out the words in these books, only struggling with a few words. We also went through a set of 108 sight words, in which she was able to read/say all but about 5 words easily. Throughout the session, we practiced her spelling list. We went through the list 4 times, and she got the whole list right every time. Another thing we practiced today was identifying the ending sounds of words. She can usually sound out a word, but sometimes will use the first letter or pictures to guess at a word, rather than try to sound it out. Using 3 worksheets, she had to identify a letter and the sound it makes, and then look at three pictures and circle the one that ended with the letter/sound given. For example, for the letter "m," there was a picture of a bear, a drum and a man, and she had to circle the "drum" because that was the picture that depicted a word ending with the letter "m." We ended the lesson practicing the words "then, that, this and they," because frequently when reading books, she mixes these words up. Often, she just guesses at the word until she gets it right. To practice these words, we played a game in which I would write a word on a dry erase board and she would have one try to say it correctly. If she got it right, we kept going with the words, but if she was wrong we would start over. The goal was to see how many times we could go through the words (mixing them up every time), without her making an error. In the first round of the game, she only made it through 6 words before making a mistake. On the second/last round though, she made it through 19 words. I thought this was a useful thing to do because it made her force herself to not guess, and think about what the word is before saying it out loud."
"Our topics today were reading, reading comprehension, spelling, and definitions. I was proud that the student mastered some new spelling words, and that he was interested in the book we read."