Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We had great session today. We covered the previous vocabulary for time and greeting and different occasions. I introduced a new verb that can generate a lot of sentences. The student did great job on making sentences with words she already knew."
"Started Ch. 8, which covered new vocabulary, grammar structures, and new cultural aspects. The student has some trouble understanding certain phrases, but she will be okay with some more practice."
"To start, I worked with Student 1 on his social studies and math homework. I then worked with Student 2 to translate a short story into Mandarin. The story used most of the grammatical constructions we've studied so far, so it was a good way to review."
"Today we played a balloon game using verbs like catch, throw and kick, and direction words like up and down. We also played a racing game with toy animals and cars to practice adjectives like fast and slow, and other words like go and stop, run and walk. We then went over basic greetings and courtesy words, objects and nouns, and body parts. Next we went over adjectives, and more verbs. We sang a song that was about numbers, another song about colors, and a last one about basic greetings and asking a person's name."
"I started the lesson working on the workbook with student A. He enjoyed it and seemed to want to do more. He learned some new animals - kangaroo (has pouch and strong legs), frog (which came from a tadpole) and penguins. We read a story about a rooster who got replaced by an alarm clock. The boys said that they don't use alarm clocks because mom is their alarm clock. They both got their turn to practice recognizing numbers from the clock we built last week. I worked on the science workbook with student B. The exercises today asked questions (which I read in Chinese) and required the student to respond. It was a good way to get him to use full sentences. One of the exercises asked him to pick his favorite robot and explain why."
"The student and I focused on reviewing the previous vocab. I first used those vocab words to engage a conversation with her, then we made flashcards with each word and I asked her to make a fresh sentence with each word. She needed my help on some words, but did it mostly on her own. At the end, I used "jumping chess" to practice instruction and dialog with her."