Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began with a reading comprehension exercise called "A Home for Kitty." The student's family got a kitten a few months ago that he is quite taken with, so I thought this particular story would appeal to him. It did. In fact, when the outcome was not specific, he suggested we write an ending that would tell the "whole" story. We then composed Part 2, which told how the kitten was examined by a vet, declared healthy, and, after a search for his owners proved futile, was adopted by the family of the main characters. The student was delighted with our product. He was truly the one who outlined the plot, and suggested the dialogue and most of the wording. I felt like a recording secretary. In addition, he proofed what I'd written and at one point made a correction. All in all, it was a valuable activity that clearly reinforced many of the things we've been working on. For example, he sometimes provides brief answers to open ended questions or short responses when asked to write a paragraph. We've been working on elaborating much more. This exercise motivated him to do so and, at the same time, to think about matters for the plot in an ordered sequence. Next, we started Chapter 13 in his spelling workbook, and moved on to read another chapter in the A-Z mystery book. His pacing was fairly good overall, as was his willingness to decode new words by breaking them into syllables."
"We practiced breaking down informational passages with am emphasis on making inferences and reading between the lines. We also focused on an overview of chapter 1 from Of Mice and Men. The student is to finish reading chapter 2 by next week."
"This session, we started working on his reading skills. He has some trouble recognizing some of the letters still and putting them together into words. We will do more practice with recognizing and writing out the alphabet next time. We also did a little bit of math by going through a counting book."