Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on some new materials today, I had the student read short stories from level 3 to himself so he will get the context, I anticipate that we will start this level soon and continue graphing his words for word reading progress. We started two other books today, one of which was another Magic Tree House book. He is able to read two pages at a time without much difficulty from this series. I was also pleased to hear that he listened to the recording of "How to Eat Fried Worms" that I had made for him. We will re-read those few chapters soon to see how he does."
"In this session, the student read parts of two Captain Underpants books. He did a good job sounding out words/decoding, but he still reads very word-by-word and slows down whenever he struggles with a word. I asked him some questions as we read about what was happening and what he thought might happen next. After this, he completed worksheets that gave him practice with the past tense of verbs (ex. consonant+y words like "carry" changing to "carried," vowel+y words like "enjoy" changing to "enjoyed," and words where you double the consonant before adding the "-ed," like in the word "stopped") He did well with this activity when we practiced the rules in isolation, but struggled at first when I mixed up the words that followed different rules. After a few times, he was able to figure out how to correctly write the past tense of words that follow different rules."
"The student and I started our session with reading comprehension. I tested his recall and critical thinking skills. We then moved to reviewing the material we've covered so far, making sure he remembers each skill and how to use it. We finished by learning our new sound of the week: y and the 3 major sounds it can make in a word. He is now ready to read major leveled books as he has retained enough sight words and decoding skills to make it through a harder text."
"We read four chapters together and I had the student tell me about them as I took his ideas as dictation. I wanted to show him how many good ideas he has about his reading, and how he can get his ideas down on paper and then perhaps edit them. He is a better reader than he realizes, and he will be tested on how he expresses his comprehension."
"My session with the student today was very productive. The first hour was spent working on her reading response for the book "What Will The Weather Be?". She was able to spell words like "thermometer", and "measure" by sounding them out. After, we focused on her milestone project due at the end of this semester. The book she picked was "The True Story of Balto". We were able to read more than half the book, and she did 95% of the reading on her own. Her reading skill has developed a lot, and she is becoming more confident. Lastly, we worked on her math assignment and vocabulary words."
"This was the first session with this student. I used my iPad to access the internet for a couple of sight word lists and practiced them with him. I also used an iPad game to practice addition for grade three. He seemed to enjoy the session and was looking forward to our next meeting."