Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In an effort to better gauge how well the student knows his short vowel sounds I tried a different approach today. I would say the word, enunciating very clearly, and I had him write down the sounds he heard. I used his sight words that are still a struggle for him and that we've been working with in our sessions. I was looking for two things: could he spell his sight words properly and if not did he spell them phonetically? He spelled very few sight words correctly but he did spell them with the correct vowel sound. I kept telling him this wasn't a test, there would be no grade and we were simply practicing his vowel sounds and to see if he knew his vowel sounds. He seems to need "carrots" to help him get through each segment I present or just to get through something he really does not want to do at all. He likes word searches so I printed out 4 for him that focus on his sight words and I'd let him earn looking for a word after his exercises. I did not let him know he did not spell most of his sight words correctly. Instead I had him read a few pages and pointed out the sight words I had given him. I kept focusing on the positive ("ey" sounds like "a" so that means he knows his vowel sounds)."
"The student received a new spelling list for the week. The words follow the vowel patterns and blends that we have been working on for the past sessions so I am hopeful that she will be successful and build her confidence. She has shown improvement in her reading fluency. We worked on sight words again and she has improved accuracy but still struggles on certain simple words. I exchanged emails with her classroom teacher to confirm that we are working on the same skills and to determine if there is anything more she would suggest that I cover. She replied that we are working in the right direction and will keep me updated. I was happy to see that she had fewer distractions during this session and was more on-task."
"The student and I worked on phonics, and addition. We first worked on a phonics/spelling puzzle that she already had. We worked on making sounds of letters and creating words. After sounding out letters we blended the sounds to make words. After completing the phonics/spelling puzzle pieces we worked on a phonics activity that I brought with me, that focused on the U sound in different words. We then moved on to an addition game that I brought. In this activity the student had to match pictures that displayed the addend needed to create them sum. For example 4 carrots + _____ = 7 carrots. (missing picture is 3 carrots). We ended our night with working on the order of the alphabet using another activity that I brought. Overall, the session was wonderful. Our hour flew by and she was an awesome student! I am looking forward to working with her more!"