Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent today's session working on phonics sounds. We created word families, we made lists of what vowels sound like (phonics rules - The student knows his rules, I don't have to tell him. If I point to "y" at the end of a word he knows it sounds like long "i" or "e" for example. Clearly his auditory learning skills are a real strength. We did a mixed review of all the short vowel sounds, vowel-consonant-e (long) vowel sounds, blends with short and long vowels (-pl, -tr, -st, -pr, -gr,-sp, -dr,-str, -br,-gl), blends with short vowel sounds (-fl, -st-fr,-gr,-sl,-sw,-dr,-sp, -cl) and finally words that end in -y."
"The student and I began our session segmenting nonsense words. She is getting faster at identifying the sounds that make up these words. We reviewed the two long vowels we've learned: a and e. Next, we read a long i poem and identified the different combinations/spelling patterns that make the long i sound. The student completed a sort and was able to decode new words containing these patterns. We also read the story, "Who Likes the Night," a phonics reader containing words with the long i. Again, she was able to identify the sounds she saw and successfully decode the words. We ended the session reviewing high frequency words and reading a chapter from Mercy Watson."
"Student 1 and I worked on the book I introduced last week. He has difficulties with sounding out some words and sounds. I have asked him to continue reading the book and to begin writing some of the key words. We will continue to practice reading the book during our next session. Student 2 and I worked through about 1/3 of a released practice exam. He has good math skills, and I encouraged him to take his time on the problems. He is a good student who wants to learn."