Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session, the student continued reading from the Grimm Legacy. We identified the "hard to pronounce words" in the section we had read last time as being German, and discussed some unfamiliar words, figuring out the meaning from context (guffawed). I also asked her for her predictions about the bird, which Elizabeth finally sees in the section we read on this day. She had creative ideas about who/what the bird could be (perhaps it was Dr. Rust in disguise, giving them another test where they needed to do the opposite of what they thought they needed to do in order to pass). After her session, both Student 1 and 2 joined me for a game of Dictionary (with their parents' approval). We each had a turn finding a word in the dictionary that was unfamiliar to all of us (including me), then each of us making up definitions and writing them down on slips of paper, along with the real definition. We then each guessed which one we thought was real. Both girls did well at coming up with believable "definitions" and using language that might be found in a dictionary, as well as guessing at which definition might be the right one. They both enjoyed the game, and we will plan to play it again."
"We began the session with sight word Go Fish. The student is very confident is words from the pre-primer, primer and K list. I briefly reviewed the concept of consonant blends then introduced digraphs (sh/ch/th/wh). We played a sound sorting game where she said the word and then identified which digraph the picture would be placed under. She was able to complete with direct assistance. We played a new game, 4 in a row, where we first picked digraphs and she has to find the digraph on the board. The first to get 4 in a row wins. I then increased the challenged where she had to pick a word and determine if the diagraph was at the beginning or end of the word and find a word that had a digraph in the same position. We played a couple of rounds of this game. I completed an informal running record using a Level e book. She had 3 self corrects and 2 errors while reading. We will continue to read on Level E for the next couple of weeks and then test for higher book. She wrote about her grandparents visiting."
"We focused on test form, reading comprehension, and sustained focusing while reading lengthy passages."