Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked at picture symbols and verified that he understands that letters are symbols for sounds. Later we will apply this knowledge of symbols to assist in differentiating addition and subtraction arithmetic operations. He wrote each letter and gave its sound, but he seemed unable to write the letter upon hearing its sound given to him. His letters were a mix of upper and lower case and showed some reversals. He completed most of his 6 pages of homework, which focused on rhyming pairs, real and make-believe, and some reading. He tended to jump directly to the task (which he may have recognized from school), rather than attempting to read the directions. We ended with a short round of "Chunks", a rhyming game for practicing onset-rhyme word building within phonetic word families, using a long "a" vowel pair. I borrowed his favorite story book and the Spectrum curriculum materials, to review at my home for possible future use."
"We played sight word uno then reviewed sight word flashcards. The student did much better on his high frequency words this session. I believe that was due to him working with his mom to review the flashcards. He also practiced writing some of the sight words with his mother. Prince need work on writing lower-case letters so I had him write some words 3 times each in lowercase letters. However, he kept choosing to write in cursive instead. He read 3 fluency passages: The cat passage was 40 words. It took the student 42 seconds to read it; he missed 1 word. The pig passage was 40 words and it took him 58 seconds to read it; he missed 3 words. The frog passage was new. It took him 1 minute 34 seconds to read and he missed 8 words. We ended the session by combining consonant sounds with common word endings to build words. He did pretty well. His strength is in the area of basic phonics. In our next session, I will introduce new sight words and also some blends."
"Reviewed a conference post for the student's Sociology class. Also reviewed chapter 3 - "Culture" in the Sociology text."