Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, after whipping throughout a very easy book that she had already read to me before, I got her interested in reading a book that I had brought. When she reads, she reads it well. My challenge is to get her to read materials that will stretch her and get her to practice her reading skills while keeping her interest and feeling of success."
"The student and I are continuing to work on her sight words and phoneme segmentation/blending. She is still struggling with phonemic awareness, so that is what we are working on. We are also reading together to help build her comprehension. Our next steps will include some more phonemic awareness, continuing with sight words and fluency."
"The student and I started with the game of Spot It so I could measure his persistence and impulsivity. He was not impulsive with the game and he was very persistent in his desire to find the matching picture. We then played a game with Fry Phrases. He was able to correctly use the phrase in a sentence 80% of the time. We read the book No David which he enjoyed. He used the strategy of looking at the pictures when he did not understand a word. We read a Level H book about baseball. He was able to read the words, but had difficulty recalling the main details and events. I gave him a reading log to fill out while I am away. Conclusion: The student needs to work on making connections with text so he can recall more details. He should work on making predictions and asking questions about the books he is reading."
"We began by working on various consonant blends (i.e. "st-", "cl-", "sw-). We came up with different words that fit those categories and then built them with magnetic letters. The student excelled at hearing the sounds, but he was mixing up what vowels to use. Next we read "Fighting Fires." Before reading, we discussed what we already knew about fighting fires and what we wanted to learn. We when finished reading, we discussed if our questions were answered by the book. The student was able to read the majority of words, but it took some prompting for him to remember what happened in the book. Then the student wrote a sentence about the book. We ended the session by continuing to build different consonant blend words."
"The student and I read a novel. I asked her questions relating to the story to prod her to use her critical thinking skills. I instructed her to write a short essay about the novel."
"We read three sections in the Tae Kwon Do book. He did really well and was able to answer all the questions about what he read. He is also doing really well being able to tell what the important information is in what he read. We then worked on reading Mr. Cooper Is Super. He did very well with this. His reading has become more fluid and consistent. We were able to finish the book today. The student has really improved. He is now reading at least a book a week and is able to retain the information he is reading."
"Today, the student and I worked on identifying parts of speech in sentences. He had to identify if the underlined word was a verb, noun, adjective or adverb. We also worked on reading fluency passages for accuracy. Out of 259 words he only had 7 errors. He also worked on adding commas after the greeting and closing of a letter as well as in between the names of cities and states."
"Today the student and I worked on rhyming words again by playing Rhyming Bingo. He is becoming very familiar with it and is able to say the words that rhyme with the words on the cards. He has been practicing his sight words while I'm not there and has been able to read 78 in two minutes. He was very proud of himself."
"Today, student worked on a worksheet that challenged his comprehension. He read through it and completed the assignment without any issues. I then read a book to him while he followed along, we discussed the storyline and made predictions about what would happen. He is keeping the book until next week to finish decoding some information in the book."
"Using the graphic organizer created yesterday, the student worked on his history essay. He has good ideas."
"The student is doing awesome! She had already completed the smaller assignments for her first progression. We are going to try and complete a progression a week so we can have all of her assignments done within three weeks. We talked about more strategies for improving her self-confidence in writing: being sure to do it in the morning when her medication is still strong, to be sure she is in a studious environment (preferably the library at school), and also when she is still in a studious mind set (before or after classes). Today she completed a larger letter writing assignment, and tomorrow she is planning on finishing the final essay and having the first progression complete."
"Today, I worked with the student on his essays for his application to private school. We worked through 2 essays and we still have a couple left."