Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I introduced a sticker reward system to the student which greatly motivated him. For each book he reads, he receives a sticker and when he has 5 stickers he can collect a small prize. He immediately planned out his reading for the session to get all 5 stickers and we got through all his reading together. We even made a breakthrough with the letter "U" and the letter "Y.""
"I had the student read "Charlotte's Web," aloud then asked him some comprehension questions. He had to look back at the book for one question. Next, we read two short stories and answered the questions that followed. I used a white board to show him the difference between the main idea and details in a story. I asked him whether certain sentences were a detail or main idea. We read a short story and answered questions aloud."
"We read "Eat Your Broccoli", which she did very well with today, and we also read "How Frogs Grow." Once she settled into the groove, she read "How Frogs Grow" almost as well as she read "Eat Your Broccoli." We then talked about how many different ways the long "a" sound can be made (ae, ay, a_e, eigh), and practiced with some spelling chains. We finished with her favorite activity--quizzing me on her sight words. She added in some writing practice as well. She was surprised when our hour was up, which pleased me."
"The student focused on the sciences this session. Reading material included one book about the elements, one about gases, one about solids, one about liquids, one about toads, and one about the body and its parts and functionality. Excellent session. Reading was well done, and then, he answered reading comprehension questions. He was able to associate matter and the three phases of matter with Einstein and the atom."
"To begin, I asked the student to read through the phrases for fluency page from last week and I noticed her phrasing had improved slightly! We then echo-read several pages from the book that we began last week. We made a list of nonsense words and real words ending in "mb" and found the "mb" words as we echo-read. At the end of our session I gave the student's mom a copy of the phrases for fluency page and a decoding strategies page for her use with the student and recommended the student read along with books on CD to continue to improve her fluency."
"For today's session we continued our work on reading. We began the session with some word problems. I helped her sound out the words that she does not understand, and she did well. We spent the second half of the session writing out some sentences and reading a few blurbs from some of her books."
"This session mainly focused on reading. We practiced reading various fiction books with a focus in the area of fluency. The student's reading rate was pretty good, but I noticed that we still need to work on reading with expression. After reading each text, we also worked on retelling a story and making connections. She did pretty well with the retelling when she was allowed to use the book, but struggled a bit to remember character names without the use of the text. We will continue to work on fluency during our next session. I left some books for her to practice with until then."
"The student and I started by working on learning the definitions of his vocabulary words from his school text book. I had him write sentences with each of the vocabulary words to reinforce the definitions using context. Then we focused on memorizing his lines for his upcoming school performance - his character, George Washington, has a few sentences to say about American History. We also worked on factoring numbers during some math exercises. We had some time left to work on reading his new book "The Only Game" about baseball. We finished by reviewing the lines for his school performance."
"The student and I had a great session. We reviewed short vowels by matching pictures to the word that they matched that had a short vowel in it. We also reviewed colors and number words. We matched colors from a rainbow picture to the word of that particular color and we matched cloud with different numbers of dots on them to the word that represented the number of dots on the cloud. Finally, we worked on reading fluency by reading together."
"Reading concepts: emerging reader identify common sight words the and a, identify first letter sounds a, b, d, f, z, s; identify high frequency words cook, pig, cat, dog, fox, cow, ape; beginning reader concepts: use summary to increase comprehension, identify sequence of events. Math concepts: adding and subtracting one and two digit numbers without regrouping, counting by twos, counting by fives, using addition to solve multiplication problems."
"First, I assisted the student with his science homework. This assignment required him to read an article about popcorn and to answer questions based on the reading. This assignment also served to help strengthen his reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Second, during "reading time," he read four chapters from the book, "The Adventures of Captain Underpants." Finally, he completed two worksheets I provided. One of the worksheets required him to look at a picture and write a story based on the picture, and the other worksheet provided definitions of words and required him to provide the actual word being defined."
"We worked on some reading comprehension related to his assessment and then followed up with some writing and grammar. He did an exercise where he looked at a paragraph and then revised the sentences to make them more varied and interesting. Then I had him write his own paragraph about his recent trip. Lastly, we worked on some algebra practice questions."