Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In my introductory session with the student, we discussed what she is currently doing in each of her classes in 4th grade. I got to know her and her interests, her academic strengths and struggles and how she likes to learn. We talked about what she likes to read and went over practice storytelling and note-taking on the narrative. She said she did not have homework to work on as she did not attend school that day, but for next session, she will bring homework assignments she needs help with and a book she is reading or wants to begin reading."
"First, we drilled vowel sounds and the letters M and S. We practiced making words with N A P C D and introduced new letters M and S. Then, we added some of these words to the student's word wall page. Next, we began reading "A Nap and a Map." We used "Stretchy the Snake" to stretch out each sound slowly, then blend them together. We talked about beginning, middle, ending sounds and identified them. Finally, we played a sight words game and read a high frequency word book to practice those same words."
"We focused on reading from one of the books the student had with her by Shel Silverstein. I gave her some tips about how she might improve her reading, including the following: using a notecard or finger, slowing down just a little bit in order to correctly read every word, etc. I also gave her a few strategies about how she might correctly read words she has trouble with: imagine the word is stretched out like a rubber band and break apart the word with her fingers in order to catch every syllable. I also did some choral reading with her so that she might slow down, read with more expression, and modeled the way I read every phrase and sentence. Before our next session, I'll prepare some more strategies and ideas about how she might work on reading with a more smooth, consistent rhythm. She was a very sweet and bright girl and it was great meeting her."