Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At the beginning of this session, the student told me about how she had become interested in keeping a notebook of things she had learned about, both school subjects and other subjects of interest to her (for example, about animals), to help her review what she has learned. She told me when she reads something she doesn't understand, she looks up the unfamiliar words and then paraphrases what she has read in language she can understand, which is an excellent comprehension strategy. I was very impressed by her diligence, and told her that keeping a notebook like this is a skill that will help her not only in middle school, but high school and college! I asked if she wanted to take notes on her reading, and she agreed to get a notebook. We finished Chapter 4, and after each section as she recounted a hypothesis about the mystery (the character Marc seems suspicious; we learn what the Grimm Collection is), she wrote a summary of it. She also included a section for the definitions of unfamiliar words, which I first asked her to guess from context (she was usually close) and then look up in the dictionary."
"This week the student and I reviewed his English homework, which was weather themed. I was really proud of him because he came up with an excellent conflict and resolution for his story that we started the previous week. He wrote a "skeleton" outline for his story in full sentences and he did a great job sounding out words that he had never spelled before."
"The student and I spent much of the session reading about Amelia Earhart. I've assigned him to write three sentences that are important about the aviator. He's also to find three words he doesn't know and to define them. We did an additional reading comprehension exercise at the end."
"I brought several interactive worksheets and leveled reading books for the student to do for the session. We worked on reading and writing some simple kindergarten-level sight words such as my, he, she, can, like, see, I, a. Now that he knows most of his letter sounds, sight words will be worked on more regularly in tutoring sessions. I also started doing CVC work with him. I would say a word that follows a three-letter pattern of consonant-vowel-consonant such as bat or fan. He had to try and spell the word based on the letter/ sound knowledge he has. He did need some help with this but he did pretty well. This will be incorporated more into future tutoring sessions. Next week I will be bringing sight words flashcards so he can practice these during the week with his family."
"I had the student read her homework books to me, as requested by her mother. I then had her read a more challenging book (Level 1 reader) and mentioned to her mother that the student should stay in the Level 1 books, as she needs more challenging reading. She is doing better on her blends, but I plan on working with her more on this next session. She was excited and happy to read to me the entire session. I again requested her mom keep reading with her each night for as long as she enjoys reading to her. Her mother is emailing me the student's scores from school and some notes from her teacher, which I will use in tailoring our next few sessions."
"We started by filling out the student's reading log (she finished the book!). We then read a story called Max's Words. When we were done with the story I had a sequence of events game that we played with. She had a hard time remembering in what order the things happened, without looking back in the book. We then worked on her writing piece that we started a couple weeks ago. We did the detail sentences for her paragraph. We finished up by working on rounding to the 100's. She did well if the number was only in the hundreds, but got mixed up if it was in the thousands. Overall I think she did well today, and worked very hard this week!"