Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started off the session by finishing the last few lists of third grade sight words. The student sailed through majority of the words, there were only a few that we had to stop and sound out. After the sight words we read the fable The Turtle and the Rabbit. The student read this version in about three minutes (this version was longer and a little different from other versions). He told me about the other story, The Tortoise and the Hare and how it was similar and different to this fable. He then retold the story and we talked about inferences and character traits. When we were finished with the fable, he read aloud chapter 6 in his book."
"This student experiences difficulty with reading comprehension. Therefore, during this exercise, we focused on completing a reading comprehension assignment that his teacher had given him. Specifically, the student had previously read a story about owls. Therefore, during this session, he had to answer a series of questions which tested his knowledge and understanding of what he had read. In addition, the assignment required the student to demonstrate his knowledge of adding prefixes to words and putting words in alphabetical order. The student informed me that he had never put words in alphabetical order before. I taught him the strategy of doing so, and the student grasped that concept quickly."
"I brought whiteboards to practice our math facts with. He keeps saying that all the math is "easy" so I tried to challenge him with 2 digit, plus 1 digit math problems and in the end tried 2 digits and 2 digits just to see what he did with the problem. He is very good for kindergarten, so we practice math as a reward for reading. Reading wise, he is making wonderful progress. Other activities that he worked on were: reading the written forms of numbers and writing the numbers next to them, practicing with his weekly words and sentences, and coming up with an additional sentence for his Friday spelling test. He is showing great progress in reading as well."
"The student and I went over a school project today. He needs to create a poster about the surfer girl, Bethany Hamilton, who had her arm bitten off by a tiger shark. The poster is off to a good start. Last session, we made a draft of the poster, and this time, I brought over some poster board and some markers. It is good to see the student excited about a project and talking non-stop. I am so happy that he is happy right now."
"The student and I used the writing book for topic sentences and supporting sentences (practice sets). He has a gift with using strong vocabulary. As part of a writing activity, we began crafting a business letter. This is to work on conveying a message in a formal/professional tone. We also practiced "blends." He was catching on very quickly."
"We practiced recognizing the letter b and d and then read from a list of CVC words. The student read a level E text. She was able to decode unknown words. We practiced creating CVC words using letter tiles and exchanging tiles to make new words."