Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student finished Oh The Places You'll Go and began reading McElligot's Pool. We worked on following punctuation and using it as a guide for taking breaths and pauses. This is an important step for him to make as he begins to practice reading aloud in a more natural voice."
"We got to spend some time really focusing on the student's reading fluency today. His comprehension is marvelous - we read one story together, and he was able to tell me the entire plot and answer questions. He has also gotten much better about asking when he doesn't understand a word. We went slowly, having him really sound out the words he got stuck on. He did marvelously, so now I know that he is capable of sounding words out correctly, and it's mostly a rushing issue that is causing him to guess. (Though even when he guesses, his comprehension is still markedly improved.)"
"Today, we went over verbose phrases, negative forms, positive forms, concrete words, and dependent clauses. The student seemed to grasp the concept of verbose phrases, negative forms, and positive forms pretty well."
"The student made some progress on her book report this evening, identifying several elements that need to be included in the final report (such as setting, cause and effect, and unfamiliar words). She also worked on a few reading comprehension questions to familiarize herself with the assessment exam before she takes it next month. I also brought a new comic series for her to read (FoxTrot), which she enjoyed more than others from the past."
"The student completed homework from our previous session, which included making an organizer/ rough draft that summarized a reading passage. He had the key points included but needed work on sentence fluency and voice. So, he wrote a complete paragraph as we discussed the 6 traits and why certain aspects were an improvement. We will continue to practice writing skills with an emphasis on the 6 traits. He read from a list of digraphs to practice decoding. We also divided the word lists into one syllable and two syllable words to further assist him in word attack skills. He previewed another reading selection and continued by reading it aloud. I am encouraging him to use prereading skills to help with comprehension, and I think it has helped him. Again, he is an eager learner and is putting forth great effort."
"Today, the student had his spelling list from school, so we began by reviewing his list on words with ew and oo. We went through his sight word flashcards. We focused on the soft sound of c today. We then did word building, wrote words and sentences with soft c, and read a decodable book. We also did a phonological awareness activity with sounds in words and ended with him reading Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses."