Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I first checked the student's previous homework assignment and helped her to correct some small mistakes. Her sentence structure is getting better and she's writing longer and fuller sentences now. She's also capable of remembering more complicated characters. Then we learned to write some new vocab today, such as grass, knife, elephant, seat, luggage, and the expression "oh". After learning the vocab, I let her choose the song she wants to learn and we finally decided on "Twinkle Star" in Chinese as the lyrics are easier. I wrote down all the lyrics and pinyin so she can practice them. The homework is to copy the lyrics and pinyin and practice saying it, and to write 3 more complete sentences using the vocab just learned."
"I started the lesson working on the workbook with Student 1. He enjoyed them and seemed to want to do more. The student learned some new animals - kangaroo (has pouch and strong legs) and frog (which came from a tadpole) and penguins. We read a story about a rooster who got replaced by an alarm clock. They both got their turn to practice recognizing numbers from the clock we built last week. Student 2 basically got everything and Student 1 is getting there with a couple of tries. I worked on the science workbook with Student 1. The exercises today asked questions (which I read in Chinese) and required the student to respond. It was a good way to get Student 1 to use full sentences. One of the exercises asked him to pick his favorite robot and explain why."
"Today's session went very well. We were still working on greetings, but in more depth. We reviewed the terminology for direct family members and learned some other terms for indirect family members. We learned how to greet in plural forms and talked about responses in formal/informal situations. We also learned pronouns for people and items, some adverbs, and the words: also, all, both, very much, and how to use "he" in Chinese (in English, "and"). In the end, I assigned homework to practice dialogue and Chinese characters."