Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent approximately the first 40 minutes practicing reading (we chose three books from the shelves) and the last 20 minutes practicing writing letters and words. The student didn't struggle with anything this session, and was in fact quite ready to practice. As usual, we covered strategies for recognizing words and letter sounds in the course of our reading exercises. The student continues to improve at a good pace."
"Today, we began with a read aloud of a poem; the student was asked to discern patterns in the poem (rhymes) and identify them, and then read the poem aloud again with emphasis on phrasing. Next we covered predictions, and she made a prediction about the new book we'll be reading. We discussed the definition of summary, main character, and main idea, and we began by reading the prologue to the book. An area of focus going forward must be reading/writing conventions: recognizing sight words, spelling sight words, and punctuation (reading for it and thus using it in writing). We will begin to pick out vocabulary words from our readings and add them to sight word lists."
"The student and I worked on phonics games for most of the session. He enjoys rhyming, so a number of the activities involved rhyming phonics. Other games we played focused on recognizing sounds, learning some beginning and ending phonics, blending sounds, and some vowel work. I had reviewed some of his recent homework assignments during the week to get a sense of where exactly he is in his learning, and these exercises also helped me hone in on what he's learned, what is new to him and where we can go with future sessions. We ended with a paragraph of reading, since his mother said that whole pages of reading can be intimidating to him."