Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had an amazing session today. She recognized and differentiated lower case "b" from "d" for the first time, and she did it multiple times without prompting. She was able to run through all of her weekly sight words twice, getting half right each time. We talked about rhyming words and made lists of -ob, -ot, and -op words. She helped me read "Ten Apples Up on Top" today. She would read the words she knew, especially her sight words like on and top. and I would read the words she didn't know. We read 5 sentences. She would sound words out the first time she read the sentences, and the second time she would read straight through them. To end the session, we read a book. We talked about and drew the characters after we finished the story. We also had a short discussion about what setting is in a story ."
"I asked the student to read two G-level books silently, whispering only if she had to. As she read I periodically stopped her and asked her to tell me about the story. For the majority of the time she moved her lips silently while reading but there were several times when she read with just her eyes and understood what she had read! We spent a short time doing word work with the /aw/ sound of ough (i.e. thought, bought, etc.) and practiced consonant blends. She then read the J-level book Mouse Mess without pointing at the words most of the time!"
"This was my first session with this student, who is a marvelous little boy. We started off with a book that was above his reading level but he powered through anyway. He is determined and wants to learn to read. I noticed that he can leave out some letters or jump words so we isolated the word we were working on with notecards. He knows all the letters and what they sound like so we're working on putting sounds together. There are lots of tricky sounds that we were also working on like "ph," "ch," and "oo." Next time we will review these tricky sounds and either continue on with that book or have a simpler text to work with. Overall, he was calm and positive and genuinely wants to learn."